Introduction

The ongoing adoption of Industry 4.0 has resulted in embedded systems playing an important role in the industrial landscape. The need for increased processing power, reliability, reduced form factor and higher levels of integration with the other assets in the ecosystem, has contributed to the rapid technological transformation of the modern-day industrial devices, from sensors to the OT/IT edge. The design and development of embedded hardware such as sensors, field devices, controllers, edge devices and gateways involves several steps.

A typical embedded hardware design process includes:

  • Schematic design creation
  • Material finalization
  • PCB design
  • Prototyping
  • Production support
  • FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) design services based on client specifications and requirements

Architecture

hardware-engineering

Why do Industries Need Hardware Engineering Services?

With the development of robotics, computer vision, and other technologies, the scope for hardware engineering is increasing. The reason for the widespread development is also because embedded systems offer a wide range of benefits for industries. Hardware engineering services can be used for warranty analysis and prediction. It also enables re-engineering of current products to improve their production, quality and performance. Effective hardware engineering enhances product sustenance, which in turn increases the lifetime of the equipment and reduces operational costs.

Equipment and machines used on the production floor are exposed to unfavorable conditions. However, as the embedded systems are sealed, they are safe from dust, grime, rust, moisture and other particles, which could damage their parts. So, these systems typically last longer and offer consistent and reliable performance. Plus, the equipment will deliver consistent performance.

Hardware Design Services Provided by Utthunga

For more than a decade, Utthunga has been working on the latest trends in embedded hardware design field including developing process instruments, industrial systems, field devices, handheld devices, protocol simulators, automotive systems, etc. With a highly equipped multi-disciplinary team and rich partnership ecosystem, we are best suited for designing electronics devices of any complexity.

Our services include designing and developing new products, value engineering, sustenance management, obsolescence management, and reverse engineering.

The new product development support and services that we offer our clients include:
  • Product architecture, design, prototyping
    • Digital design (microcontroller/DSP/ASIC/SoC/FPGA)
    • Analog front end designs and driver circuits
    • Safety critical designs & intrinsically safe designs for hazardous locations
    • RF designs
    • High reliability system designs
    • Communication protocol hardware design (wired & wireless)
    • Protocol Simulators
    • Analog /mixed signal/ low power designs
  • Signal conditioning for high SNR circuits, special sensor interface
  • Modeling and simulations
  • MTBF and reliability analysis
  • DFM/DFT/DFR
  • Product testing
  • Hardware certification services
Board Design Expertise
  • High speed design
  • Analog, Digital, Mixed and RF designs
  • Design compliance to IPC standards
  • Constraint management
  • Signal integrity analysis, DFM & DFT
  • Multilayer PCB Design (24 Layers)
  • Design using BGAs (fine pitch of less than 0.65 mm), SoCs
  • Fabrication and assembly support
Our diverse team is well versed in delivering Value Engineering solutions such as:
  • Design optimization
  • BOM cost reduction
  • Obsolescence management
  • Design recovery of legacy products
  • Replacements with new generation products
  • Performance enhancements
Our hardware tools skillset includes:
  • Cadence: Allegro PCB Design, OrCAD, Capture
  • ALTIUM: ALTIUM Designer 10
  • Mentor Graphics: DxDesigner, PADS
  • SI: Allegro PCB SI, Mentor Graphics HyperLynx SI
  • PI: Mentor Graphics HyperLynx PI
  • DFM: Mentor Graphics Valor
  • Simulation: Ltspice, Pspice

Why Utthunga for Embedded hardware design services?

Whether you’re looking for system-level embedded hardware design solution or enterprise-level hardware design services, we have the experience and the expertise to handle them. We leverage the right-fit technologies to deliver custom hardware services for your company. Utthunga has more than 13 years of experience in the industry and has worked with industries across various sectors and domains. A niche product engineering company, we offer end-to-end hardware engineering solutions and hardware certification services.

If you are looking for a tech partner to closely collaborate with your team and build custom embedded systems from scratch or re-engineer your current production process using embedded solutions, contact us.

FAQs

The steps involved in embedded hardware design are:

  • Fine tuning of the hardware specifications based on the purpose and application of the hardware
  • Building the initial prototype after creating a detailed design concept and architecture of the embedded system
  • Work on the printed circuit board design and layout
  • Assemble and refine the mechanical prototype
  • Create a mechanical design
  • Use CAD software to produce a 3D prototype
  • Design verification and testing of the 3D prototype
  • Verified design is passed on to production
  • Create support and documentation materials

The lifecycle of an embedded design life has 4 major zones:

  • Mechanical Design – Includes industrial design, 3D modelling, and prototyping
  • Firmware Design – Includes creating board support packages, device drivers, protocol stack, porting and bootloader
  • Software Design – Includes GUI, application software and middleware creation
  • Hardware Design – Includes PCB and FPGA designing. PCB design includes creating the schematics, layout design and BOM. FPGA design includes RTL coding and simulation

The tools that we use in our embedded hardware design services include Mentor Graphics, Altium Designer 10 and Cadence.

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