Hardware Design

Hardware

 

PCB Design

 

Schematic Design

 

 
 
 

Softeq has taken a hand in production of complex hi-end solutions, sophisticated gadgets, and sleek handheld devices, bringing them from concept through requirements to field trials and production. They have been the result of a collaborative effort of the company’s electrical design team working closely with software engineers on developing and integrating electronic components, as well as firmware technologies and software systems.

Providing the Full Cycle of Hardware Design

Softeq’s hardware design team can seamlessly tie together the key deliverables for creating a fully-integrated and reliable product — from hardware architecture design, through schematic and PCB design, to  board bring-up and mass production support, with step-by-step hardware QA  procedures interwined within this process. Our team delivers professional and definite document packages to support the hardware design and development process at each phase:  functional diagrams, component library, Bill of Materials (BOM), CAD and gerbers, spec for enclosure design, and others.

Schematic Design

  • Architecture design
  • Analog schematic design (audio, measurement, medical equipment, etc.)
  • Digital schematic design
  • Power supply design
  • Component selection

PCB Design

  • Multilayer PCBs
  • BGA
  • High speed designs
  • Analog designs
  • EMI compliance
  • Raspberry Pi

Interfaces / Protocols / Networking

  • Ethernet
  • EtherCAT
  • CAN, CANOpen
  • Profibus
  • PCI
  • PCIe
  • UDP
  • ATA / SATA
  • AHCI
  • SD / MMC
  • USB
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • X.25/X.28
 

FPGA Design

When it comes to high-speed throughput and complex data processing, Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) is the best technology choice to provide these qualities. Our FPGA design and CPLD programming capabilities are strengthened with our solid firmware design skills.

  • FPGA and CPLD brands we work with: Xilinx, Altera, Lattice, Actel
  • RTL coding: VHDL, Verilog, AHDL
  • Functional and gate-level design validation
  • Design-for-test services

Featured Designs

3D plastic enclosure design of a custom measuring device equipped with sensors

Engineering of a one-channel data logger with an e-ink display in an engraved metal box

 

Standalone multi-channel humidity and temperature data logger in a plastic box

Printed circuit board (PCB) design of a Wi-fi-powered data logger

 

Electronics Prototyping

Bringing a new electronic product to the market is known to be a tedious process requiring significant time and effort investment. Verifying your product idea is feasible is an essential step in untangling this complexity. Softeq’s tightly built squad of PCB designers, schematic engineers, system architects, QA engineers, embedded programmers, and 3D enclosure modelers employ a holistic approach to electronics creation. Drawing on our unprecedented full-stack development capabilities in hardware design resulting in complete ecosystem to underlie a bleeding-edge electronic solution, we’re set to take your whiteboard vision from concept to full-scale field trials.

Carefully Built Hardware Design Process

At Softeq, we employ a well-defined iterative hardware design process we’ve carefully built over years of dedicated engagement in electronics development for a wide range of commercial initiatives organized by our clients. From sketching and high-level product conceptualization to comprehensive documentation development through to prototyping and supervised mass production, we’re ready to walk you through each phase of the electronic product design.

Electronics Prototyping: Design Process

1. Requirements Gathering

Conceptualization

Assessing expectations of the product, its use cases, manufacturing options.

2. Hardware Architecture Design

Functional Diagram

Defining key functional features: technology, methods, manufacturers, ballpark design and production cost.

3. Schematic Design

Circuit Design

Elaborating circuit design with actual electronic connections based on functional diagram using such tools as Altium Designer and Mentor Graphics’ Xpedition® Enterprise.

Bill of Materials

Selecting relevant electronic components based on required functions and available price.

4. PCB Design

PCB Component Library

Enabling component and reuse management by organizing a library tying together critical data: symbols, cells, padstack, parts.

Schematic Design Transfer

Transferring schematic diagram into a drawing of the printed circuit board and

PCB Stack-up Configuration

Arranging the copper and insulating layers of a PCB to ensure board’s reliability.

PCB Simulation

Verifying PCB’s thermal, signal, and power integrity, as well as electromagnetic interference and electromagnetic compatibility through various types of modeling.

5. Board Production

Softeq may provide support in supervising the production process with the manufacturer of client’s choice.

6. Enclosure Modeling

Softeq works with select 3D modeling service providers to ensure best possible enclosure options for the product-to-be.

7. Prototyping or Trial Production

Sample Bring-Up

Bringing together the prototype by soldering the electronic components identified in BOM. Extending support in supervising the trial production process.

Debugging and Evaluation

Identifying bugs and elaborating solutions for bug-fixing.

8. Ready for Mass Production

Once the board layout is optimized and verified for correct operation, the mass production can be launched. Softeq may provide support in supervising the production process with the manufacturer of client’s choice.

At Softeq, we’ll welcome you on board at any phase of the process, ready to pick up from any point in your development in progress. Just pull together all the available assets, define how you want your future product to pan out, and we’ll do the rest.

In-depth QA for Impeccable Operation (and Lower Costs)

Helping you minimize the production costs is our No. 1 priority. So by the time you approach the Sample Manufacturing phase, we make sure we’ve ironed out all the possible functional kinks by thoroughly testing each deliverable for workability using an in-depth QA process.

Hire Electrical Engineering and Hardware Design Experts

From schematic design and 3D models of enclosure to a real-life sample and finally to the full cycle of hardware solution development, Softeq's professional team will help you launch your product with faster time-to-market and lower TCO. To discuss complex circuit board design task or an ergonomic and appealing yet durable device box, contact us now!

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