Valve has posted a job ad asking for applicants for an Electronics Engineer position, suggesting once again that the company is looking to branch out into hardware. The good news is that it seems Valve isn't going to be making simple mice and keyboards.
"For years, Valve has been all about writing software that provides great gameplay experiences. Now we’re developing hardware to enhance those experiences, and you can be a key part of making that happen," reads the ad. "Join our highly motivated team that’s doing hardware design, prototyping, testing, and production across a wide range of platforms. We’re not talking about me-too mice and gamepads here – help us invent whole new gaming experiences."
A list of required and recommended applicant skills are below.
Hands on prototyping experience
Lab and measurement skills
System level design experience
Knowledge of embedded systems/microcontrollers
Experience with high speed serial interfaces
Experience with schematic entry
Experience with circuit simulation
Four years relevant experience
Board layout (analog and high speed digital)
Hardware Definition Languages (HDL) for FPGA and chip design
Power supply management
Design for test
Low frequency analog
RF and antennas
Signal integrity analysis
ARM / X86 system design
Manufacturing pilot runs
While this doesn't confirm the rumoured Steam box PC, it does make the idea seem a lot more plausible.