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

Thermal management

Design for test

Low frequency analog

RF and antennas

Signal integrity analysis


ARM / X86 system design

Manufacturing pilot runs

Failure analysis

FCC/CE/UL certification

While this doesn't confirm the rumoured Steam box PC, it does make the idea seem a lot more plausible.

Via Engadget