David Lacasse, Hardware Technical Leader – Electronics

David Lacasse joined Nutaq in May 2010. His first assignment was a very complex engineering services contract with a military organization in Asia. As an FPGA programmer with skills in hardware design, he was responsible for implementing complex digital signal processing algorithms in FPGAs, working on the design, bring-up, and characterization of ADC/DAC FMC modules, designing a high-performance local oscillator (LO) in collaboration with RF designers, and working on integration tests for a complete signal intelligence (SIGINT) system.

David has skills that enable him to deploy complex systems and break-down technological barriers. Constantly working in collaboration with external customers on cutting-edge signal processing technology lets him develop and maintain his top-of-the-line hardware engineering skills. Reengineering Nutaq products to meet specific customer needs is also part of his mandate. He is always willing to reshape Nutaq’s designs to maintain a top-performance system architecture.

David has a college diploma in Computer System Technologies, and Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) in Montréal, Canada. As part of his studies, in partnership with the Canadian Space Agency, he designed a high-speed digital-analog board and programmed FPGAs and CPLDs in VHDL.

David has worked on many products from Nutaq’s board and systems groups over the years. He has experience with the hardware and firmware of the MI125 and ADAC250 FMC analog interface cards as well as many high-speed analog-digital and digital-analog chips from Linear Technology, Texas Instruments, and Analog Devices. He as also gained experience with direct-conversion RFICs, namely while working the Lime Microsystems LMS6002D in the design of the Radio420x FPGA mezzaine card (FMC). David has also worked on carriers for these FMCs, including the Perseus601x and Perseus611x (designed around the Virtex-6 family of FPGAs from Xilinx), and is highly skilled with the Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 family of FPGAs. Firmware design and implementation for the PicoTCA chassis backplane (used on the PicoSDR and the PicoDigitizer) included work with the MSP430 family of microcontrollers from Texas Instruments, but David has also worked on many designs using ATMEL and Microchip chipsets.

What are David’s main strengths?

David is interested in the A to Z development process of Nutaq’s systems. From the mechanical requirements to RF characterization, David is curious and rigorous when he works on a project. In Nutaq’s products and projects, he may work on schematization, FPGA or microcontroller programming, implementation, integration, board bring-up, test reports, or technical support. He is one of the most hands-on engineers in the Nutaq team. His technical background keeps his designs grounded and easy to transfer to the production team.

David likes to work on diversified projects and products as they provide him with the opportunity to learn on a continuous basis.

How he adds value as a technical leader?

David is a team player. He believes that each team member has specific skills and strengths. His role is to listen to all concerns of his team to ensure that his decision making takes into account of all the electronic and mechanical requirements. He also believes in participative approach with his team to continuously improve process and techniques. Very structured and methodical, David works hard on designing guidelines and checklists to avoid error or non-optimal decision making. As a technical leader, he works with the other multidisciplinary technical leaders (software, FPGA and RF) to ensure the successful integration of complex systems.

Nutaq is proud to count on David as hardware technical leader.