FPGA
Design / Consulting

Status:  
 - Currently available for FPGA related opportunities.
 - HFT non-compete restriction ends Feb 2018.
 - Preference for telecommute/remote opportunities.
 - Special interest in offering custom low latency 10Ge MAC-PHY development.
 - Lab available with scopes, meters, bench supplies, etc.

Greetings! 
There's a good chance you've found this page while searching for someone with FPGA experience.   If so, you may be interested in my status (above) as well as my  resume .    And since it's difficult to capture a 30+ year engineering career centered on FPGA technology in a resume alone, the following paragraphs are intended to offer some additional context and color. 

​FPGA Evolution
Since its inception decades ago, FPGA technology has continued to expand into new products and industries.  There're many more FPGA designers these days ranging widely in experience level, skill sets, and application specialties.   The development flow has evolved as well; some designers concentrate only on front-end RTL or verification, while others deal with the difficuilt back-end implementation and timing closure challenges.  This can present a challenge for recruiters and hiring managers when searching for a good impedance match between candidates and specific job requirements.   I personally get many calls asking if I'm interested in new opportunities, followed by a lengthy 2-way calibration process to understand the technical fit.   

Experience can't be Googled.   
I earned much of my FPGA experience before Google, the old fashion way, the only way.  It started in the 90's a few years after Ross Freeman and Bernie Vonderschmitt co-founded Xilinx and invented the first commercially viable FPGAs.  (The history is fascinating from a semiconductor and patent (war) perspective).  Since designing with the first 2000 series FPGA family in the 90's, my experience has continued into the 21st century where most recent designs have been for the High Frequency Trading (HFT) financial space.   This last year I've been forced to sit out of the financial space due to a non-compete however I spent this time developing an ultra low latency (100ns) 10Ge MAC-PHY core that's available for select opportunities.















So, after decades of hard work my experience is exceptionally well rounded.  It centers on FPGA technology but also includes product development challenges such as PCB, manufacturing test, regulatory compliance, and tackling many obscure issues in the lab and field. 

If you have FPGA related questions or opportunities please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,
Mike Gulotta
What's not always noticed is the uncommon depth of my FPGA experience so I sometimes feel the need to point it out.  There are few FPGA designers, if any, who've worked directly for, and been trained by, the Silicon Valley FPGA manufacturer.   My engineering career started in product development as an ASIC/FPGA designer (11 years at Motorola), then as an FPGA FAE (11 years at Xilinx), and then back to FPGA design (since 2010).  

As a designer you study FPGA application notes and consult with FAEs to learn, as an FPGA FAE you write the app notes and train designers.  Working directly for the top FPGA company offered a deep understanding of FPGA technology at the semiconductor and architecture level, as well as, exposure to many different FPGA designers, designs, applications, and of course, many technical issues.  ​  This kind of insight can be invaluable especially for advanced, high performance designs.