David Quinn received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Université Laval in Quebec, Canada. In 2003, he went on to receive a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada. David Quinn also has Xilinx Alliance Partner certifications. In 2004, he joined Nutaq because he was interested in our diverse range of projects.
From 2004 to 2014, David worked on direction finding for a military project, implemented a proof-of-concept FPGA algorithm for tomography in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada and Victoria University, worked on ATCA board FPGA development for a high-speed Internet satellite switch, and implemented low-level GSM protocol layers on FPGAs. He is familiar with the Altera Cyclone II and Stratix II, the Xilinx Spartan-3A DSP, the Xilinx Spartan-6, the Virtex-4, the Virtex-6, the Artix-7, and numerous CPLDs. He has also worked on IF filters, mechanical synchronization, GMSK and 8PSK demodulators, and different measures for link quality, SNR and power. All these tasks were developed in VHDL and MATLAB System Generator.
As an FPGA Technical Leader, David works closely with the R&D teams of our customers. Because a customer may not have FPGA expertise or because Nutaq and the customer may need to work together on system integration, David has worked on a lot of different projects and has obtained experience and expertise in many different technologies and industries. This includes a wide number of development tools, including Quartus, ModelSim, MATLAB, ISE Suite, Vivado, and Xilinx System Generator.
Working world-wide, with both researchers in academic institutions and developers in industry, David has not only developed technical expertise but also very impressive interpersonal skills. He listens closely to his colleagues and collaborators and can explain his ideas very clearly. He has the ability to methodologically attack complex problems because he has systematic and practical ways to evaluate cost, time, and efforts when developing and integrating systems.
Since his arrival at Nutaq, David has also worked on many internal projects, including the software development of the MI125, ADAC250, Radio420X, Perseus601x, Perseus611x, Kermode, VHS-ADC, SFF-SDR, and GSM products. He has also contributed in the hardware development of the Perseus 601x, Kermode, and GSM products.
What are David’s main strengths?
In a project, David has a very good comprehension of the entire system. He is able to partition the software to the physical aspects of the system; that is, he can decide what needs to be performed by a processor and what should go through an FPGA. Plus, he has impressive skills for low-level algorithms development (VHDL and C). His expertise is a major asset for Nutaq.
How he adds value as a Technical Leader in our team?
David has worked with so many technologies and complex algorithms that he is able to rapidly understand the problems faced by colleagues and customers and can quickly act to resolve them. Because he is open-minded and has good interpersonal skills, people want to work in collaboration with David. He enjoys being challenged by complex problems and using his extensive skills to resolve them.
Nutaq is proud to count on David as its FPGA Technical Leader.