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Electronics Design Services

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Electronics Design

Bring your great ideas to life with our electronics design team.

Will your next step to lead to success or disaster?

We’re problem-solving experts and IPC trained. So streamline your project with our expert knowledge.

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Close Collaboration

Enjoy regular updates, close collaboration and quality-led results.

What’s more our electronics design services are ideal for either new designs, or existing designs that need updating.

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Design For Availability

We Design For Availability so ask us for advice about tackling the chip shortaqes.

You can talk to us about proofs of concepts that need commercialising and DFM (Design For Manufacturing).

Design Team and skillsets

Your Custom Electronics Design Services:

  • Electronics design
  • FPGA consultancy
  • Component selection
  • Simulation
  • Breadboarding
  • Schematic capture
  • PCB layout

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Design, simulation, prototyping, testing

You can organise your electronic prototyping through us.

Started planning your projects with access to electronics design and embedded software support.

You can also gain access to compliance and manufacturing support when you need it.

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Electronic Design Processes
Where flexibility is king

Start with a plan

Design products with multi layer printed circuit boards using our creative team.

These can include rigid, flex-rigid and flexi. Read more about pcb types here.

Our preferred schematic capture and PCB layout tool is Altium Designer 20.

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The power of design experience

We have the power, control and flexibility to meet the demands of modern electronics. With domain experience in many industries.

We use flexible design rules and error checking. You can also use our support for track length matching, impedance control and high-voltage isolation.

we support toolchains including Eagle, KiCad and PADs on request.

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Optimise now

We optimise electronics design in many ways. Here’s some of them.

Find Us in Nottingham

You will find us on Nottingham Science Park in the Midlands. Right in the heart of the UK.

You can talk to our team at any time 9-5:30pm on weekdays. Our electronic engineering team are here to lend a hand. We help with pcb design, software and firmware and much more.

Trending industry topics – How to Design for availability for the semiconductor chip shortages

Success Stories

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Hardware development skillsets

Just a taste of our skillets…

  • Schematic and pcb design
  • Custom printed circuit board layouts
  • Microcontrollers
  • Analogue electronics
  • Low noise analog design
  • Wireless communication
  • Hand held devices

What is good electronics design?

Electronics is now omnipresent in everything. Including cars, toys, toothbrushes, watches, televisions, pacemakers and everything in between.  In 2017 the number of ARM processors made passed the 100 billion mark. There are new products which include electronics released every day

But what differentiates good electronics from average, poor or even dangerous designs?

  • Which products are going to fail after a short period of use?
  • Which ones fail to meet the required legal compliance?
  • Some could have issues serious enough to force a product recall?
  • How long it takes to get to market – Which ones take so long to get to market that competitors have already stolen a march. Or that the development budget has been spent on achieving perfection (in the engineers mind) on features, that the majority of customers won’t use or don’t care about?

Understanding More

Good electronics design is much more than a thorough theoretical knowledge of the varies aspects of the discipline. That’s including:

  • Analogue design
  • Digital logic
  • Radio frequency communication
  • Control systems theory
  • Power supply design
  • Printed circuit board layout.

Good electronics design has to include understanding the application. It has to include what is important: Seeing the product and its use through the users eyes.

An experienced and technically capable team can question and seek clarification of the product requirements. The start of the project then has a well-defined, well considered and technically achievable requirements specification.

By contrast, inexperienced electronics design teams often jump straight into the design. They don’t know what needs to be delivered. They will, almost certainly, have to change their approach and throw away pieces of work as clarity grows.

Pragmatism

A pragmatic approach needs to be adopted. Balancing the commercial needs of time and cost with quality and reliability.  This balance is different in each industry. With light up toy swords at one end and aerospace control systems at the other. Nevertheless a conscious decision must be made and then embodied in the electronics design, test, verification and approvals process.

Good electronics design should also embrace a working knowledge of component suppliers (using Design For Availability), product lifecycles and lead times.  There is little point in designing a product where the components are unavailable at product launch. Or which have become obsolete during approvals.

Ask us about designing during the chip shortages.

Refer to the requirements

During the electronics design process the requirements should be regularly referred to. It is not enough to just fulfil the requirements.  Good electronics design also requires that engineers are aware of the products limitations and potential failure modes.

These can then be flagged up and have decisions actively made, about whether these are important and need dealing with.

The manufacturing process means that electronic components are not all identical. They are manufactured to perform within a range of characteristics. They have tolerances and vary with various operating environments including applied voltage and temperature.

This doesn’t matter too much when products are being made in small numbers. In a continuous batch, typical of a 5-10 unit prototype run for development as it is likely that the components are similar having been made at the same time.

Where this can cause problems is when the product becomes successful and starts to sell in much higher numbers.  At this point the build-up of tolerances or the use of products at the ends of its temperature specification can begin to show up.

They will show up as seemingly random faults or failures.  Good electronics designers take the spread of operating parameters and tolerances into account during the design. They then test the products over the expected working range of those parameters and a little beyond.

Lots of Testing

Prototyping and testing is vital to get to a first working printed circuit board.

Wherever possible, when trying out new design ideas, they shouldn’t be first tried out on a printed circuit board but instead be simulated and breadboarded.

This can save a lot of time and money for an unnecessary pcb re-spin, taking an hour or two to try out the idea up front can ensure that errors can be quickly corrected.

Design reviews from peers also help to reduce errors and omissions before manufacturing a pcb.  When an engineer has been working on the same job for a while it is easy to become blind to any issues.

Having a design review helps avoid this. The reviewer is a fresh pair of eyes and the engineer, whose design is being reviewed, tends to look at things a little differently as they explain their approach and thinking.

Design reviews can be difficult things when ego’s and emotions are involved. However, its vital to be prepared to be wrong. Its much better for a mistake to be found before a board is made than to find it afterwards during bring up and debug.

When prototype pcbs are received good electronics engineers ensure they are tested as thoroughly as possible. The aim is to ensure every aspect of the board has been tested and where necessary corrected if issues are found.

Paperwork

Finally, the least popular activity for the majority of engineers is documentation but this is an essential part of good electronics design.  Documentation serves a number of purposes including building up evidence of compliance for a technical construction file, explaining the circuit operation to an engineer who picks up the job in the future as a handover pack and to keep the test setup information and evidence to allow it to be repeated in the future if issues occur.

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