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Engineering and Design Services

What we do

Broad spectrum of product engineering and design services, from concept to product, that include IOT solution designs, Product Feasibility Advisory, Product Design and Development, Quality Assurance and Compliance, Manufacturing & Support and Product Sustenance.

i. IoT Design & Consulting Services

Embedded Design – Cutting edge embedded technology solutions to help convert your product ideas into a unique implementation.

Cost Effective optimized solutions – Harness our team’s innovative capabilities that would help in providing you optimum solution not necessarily the “most advanced” or “the latest”. We have achieved very cost-effective solutions by identifying the most appropriate components/platform rather than take a “over-design” or “extremely safe margin” approach.

Concurrent Engineering - Using development boards and time tested stacks, we develop firmware to a good level, while hardware is being prepared.

ii. Product Feasibility Advisory

Feasibility study–An insightful assessment of the cost, market and time feasibility for the project which in turn would help you analyse the viability of your requirement. 

Bill of Materials (BOM)– A robust mechanism called the ‘Bill of Materials (BOM)’, which is a pivotal source of information used to design a product. It includes an elaborate list of parts, assemblies, components and quantities needed for the design of a product.

Technical Feasibility Study – A well designed technical feasibility study that would assess all aspects of the technology to be used and estimate the technical requirements of the project.

iii. Product Design and Development

Hardware Design (Board, FPGA) - Technosphere approaches the Board design in a robust manner. At each stage, the key requirements are validated – Performance, Power, Area, Cost, Availability, Manufacturability. Detailed reviews are carried out before moving to the next stage. 

BSP/Device Drivers – Seamless integration of Board support package (BSP) to implement specific support codes for a specific device, which acts as an interface to the device drivers. 

Embedded Software – Specialized programming on firmware, in an embedded device, that enables us to control the functions of various hardware devices. 

System Integration – Systematic aggregation of all the component sub systems into one common system and ensuring that they function together as one. 

Enclosure Design - Experienced and well trained staff to provide customized and aesthetic enclosures.

Prototyping – Rapid prototyping services for quick proof of concept

ivQuality Assurance and Compliance

Product Testing – Seamless product testing for unmatched product design quality. 

Interoperability & Certification Testing – Technical compatibility of the product to interoperate between devices efficiently.

Compliance & Certification Support – Compliance of the product with technical standards and ensuring appropriate certifications

v. Manufacturing and Support

BOM Estimation & Optimization – Optimize your expenses, by the right selection of electronic components, raw materials, assemblies and  their respective quantities

Collaboration with Suppliers/OEMs – Strong network of Suppliers and OEMs, that provide cost effective solutions that help us to remain competitive. 

Test Automation Support – Enables efficient and continuous testing , that in turn helps in enhancement of product quality

vi. Product Sustenance

Technical Support - Effective and efficient technical support services through intelligent product sustenance engineering solutions

EOL Sustenance – End of life product sustenance to provide and augment the value of the product design

Cost Optimization – Holistic approach towards cost optimization across the product design life cycle

Localization – Utilizing electronic components that can be reused for smooth upgrades and scalability

Re-engineering - Ensuring smart product designs that can be enhanced with time and prevent it from becoming obsolete

Green Compliance – Environmental compliance through sustainable components and materials, adhering to the innovative green designs for end to end product design and development 

 

 

 

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Board Design

At each stage of product design and development, the key requirements are validated – Performance, Power, Area, Cost, Availability and the ability to manufacture. Detailed reviews are carried out before moving to the next stage.

  • Key Component Identification: Much of the initial phase is spent on identifying the right fit of the key parts like CPU, peripherals like Modems, Wireless modules, Glue logic (FPGA, CPLD).
  • Schematics Design: The components selected are connected together in a hierarchical method to prepare a very easy-to-understand and readable circuit diagram. Depending upon client requirement, the schematics are captured in tools such as Orcad, Altium, Kicad etc.
  • PCB Layout: The components are now moved to the physical domain where the components are placed and routed. Again, we choose the optimum approach of deciding on the number of layers required for the board, to be cost-effective. We can offer various tools like Allegro, Kicad, Pads etc. Our designers understand the challenges in Signal Integrity, High speed design and use the best practices to minimize design iterations. One of the key aspects to minimize spins is a proper electro-mechanical co-design, to ensure that the PCB is fitting well in the planned enclosure.
  • Prototype Board Bring-up: Our in-house prototype team manages the sourcing of parts and PCBs and the assembly of first few PCBAs. Complex parts like BGA, QFN are assembled at our partner facilities. After assembly, the board is tested in a systematic manner to ensure all parts are exercised and verified for expected operation. Key measurements at the hardware level in terms of power consumption, battery charging performance etc are recorded and verified against expected output.

Board Design Highlights:

  • Microcontroller, Analog, RF, FPGA
  • Platforms : Microchip PIC18/24/32, TI-Tiva, pSoC, ARM9, AM335x, 8051, AVR ...
  • Critical review process to minimize design spins to control time and costs
  • In-house prototyping team to handle sourcing and assembly
  • DFx : Design for Performance, cost, testability, manufacturability
  • Complexity: upto 16 layers, BGAs, High speed DDR, RF, SI and cross-talk

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Firmware and Applications

Firmware in any microcontroller is the heart of the embedded system, and the firmware code execution determines how well the product functions in normal and abnormal situations. A very robust process is required to ensure that the end product meets the desired functionality. Technosphere’s Firmware team is experienced in both OS and non-OS implementation of Firmware in embedded controllers. With the multiple design wins in low level drivers and stacks, Technosphere is able to turnaround projects in a very short timeframe.

In many products, the embedded product needs to communicate to another system – a PC/Laptop/ Tablet/Phone for monitoring and control. This needs both communication protocols and also application on the host. The application can be realized using a web-server approach, where no coding is required on the host side, and the device can be monitored and controlled through a browser from anywhere in the world. In some cases, custom applications in Android, .NET are required and Technosphere has tied up with competent partners to deliver the required application.

The firmware development follows a smooth flow:

High level design: In this stage, the requirement of the product is translated into flow diagrams and state diagrams. This helps in translating the complex requirement into manageable modules and provides clarity for the subsequent stages

Coding and unit testing: In this stage, the flow is implemented in code and verified for functionality at a unit level. This is the crucial stage in the project, and proper care is taken to ensure that the code is written well with adequate documentation.Integration testing: The various modules are integrated and tested in the target hardware for validating the desired functionality

Application development is required in many cases as add-on to the embedded solution. Technosphere, along with their preferred partners can provide solutions in Embedded Web-server, .NET, Android, IOS and other frameworks. Another key expertise is in developing embedded firmware for production testing, which reduces the production time substantially, thus improving the cost-effectiveness of the product.

Firmware/Application Summary:

  • Non-OS, Linux, RTOS
  • IDE: Eclipse, MPLAB-X, CCS, GTK...
  • Device Drivers
  • Board Support Packages
  • Diagnostics Tools
  • Embedded Webserver, .NET, Android, IOS
  • Production testing

Training

To the academic world, we will help students realize their ambition of becoming good engineers for the industry, in their final years of education.

We will provide the right tools, training and hands-on project to enable the students to be "industry-ready"

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