Hardware & analysis

Hardware simulation and analysis, 3D modeling

Electronic hardware simulation and analysis reduce the project time without impairing quality, as well as increase the reliability of the designed PCB and hardware in general.

In the course of hardware development we use the following types of simulation and analysis:

3D modeling

We use 3D PCB modeling extensively for integration with the enclosure.

3D modeling benefits:

  • Faster enclosure design (reduced cost and time)
  • Trouble spot detection at early stages of the project
  • Use of ready-made models for hardware thermal analysis

 

Signal Integrity Analysis (SI)

When designing complex digital circuit boards with high-frequency interfaces, we use IBIS model-based signal integrity analysis.

The simulation takes place at the circuit development stage and during PCB design.

Signal Integrity Analysis allows us to diagnose and eliminate parasitic capacitances and inductances of conductors, mutual induction of adjacent conductors, and circuit inconsistency.

 

Electromagnetic Compatibility Analysis (EMC)

Checking the electromagnetic compatibility of the circuit board layout allows to:

  • Reduce the number of iterations
  • Reduce the time of certification testing
  • Improve the electromagnetic compatibility of complex integrated devices

 

Thermal Simulation

We use thermal simulation in the following projects:

  • High-current PCB design
  • Assessment of the size and location of air vents in the enclosure of the designed device
  • Evaluation of heat sink or forced ventilation requirements in integrating the device with the enclosure.
  • Assessment of the effective area of heat sink or required air current under forced ventilation of the device in the enclosure

Outcomes of thermal simulation:

  • Prevention device over-heating during long-term use within the range of working temperatures
  • Increased device reliability
  • Reduced design time and cost
  • Reduced expenses in warranty maintenance on client site

 

Power Integrity (PI) Analysis

Power Integrity Analysis (PI) is an important stage of electronics design; it allows simulating power distribution on the PCB.

Present-day microcircuits use higher and higher voltage supply, the use of PCB and micro-circuits keeps growing – these factors make the task of power distribution quite difficult. The problem is aggravated by the reduced number of PCB layers and the use of BGA components with copper range perforation, which complicate power distribution on the PCB.

We analyze the power integrity in highly-integrated and high-current devices. Outcome:

  • Improved power integrity by early problem detection before sample manufacturing
  • Detection of problems that are difficult to diagnose in a lab environment
  • Reduced number of design iterations
  • Increased reliability of designed hardware

 

 

Our hardware development projects

 

Framebuffer IP & PCI-e cores We developed a versatile framebuffer FPGA IP core and integrated PCI-e IP core into the customer’s FPGA project

Railway navigation unit We offered the customer a hardware solution based on three modules (units) that are connected with cables

Air monitoring system We designed a hardware and software system with measuring devices to collect and send the data to an IoT cloud server

Neuronavigator Promwad engineering team designed a working prototype with the support of 3D images of ultrasound / MRI / CT.

L2 industrial switch We created reference designs of industrial managed switches with 10Gbase-X and 10/100/1000Base-T ports
BYPASS Network Analyzer We created prototypes of a network traffic analyzer for setting in a network connection gap (BYPASS function)
Modem 7-in-one device We have designed and prepared for mass production an advanced VoIP modem router that provides all types of office communications

S-Terra trusted module We have developed a custom bootable medium, which is a USB device and designed to build trusted computing modules

Glucometer for smartphones We have created a mobile gauge of glucose concentration in the blood that works paired with mobile phones under iOS or Android control

Controller for traction driveWe upgraded the controller of an electric traction device for subway carriages made more than ten years ago

MPEG2/4 transcoder softwareWe finalized the firmware design for multi-channel transcoding of MPEG2-TS (transport streams) into H264 format

Parrot network device We have developed a compact device for collecting data from Bluetooth sensors and transmitting them to the server
VoIP broadband router Our engineers designed a subscriber router for providing voice over IP services in broadband networks
IPTV+T/C hybrid set-top box We created a reference design of a set-top box with rapid platform development and launch of a series of new digital devices

Locus DVB-T STBWe have developed a digital TV set-top box (STB) with support for DVB-T (MPEG-2/4) and terrestrial digital broadcasting

USB Dongle for secure session We have developed a software/hardware system for safe data transfer while working on an insecure computer terminal
Navigator with compass We have developed a prototype of a compact navigation device which brings the user back to the pre-marked location in a coordinate system

AK1100 thin clientWe have developed a new turn-key product, the AK1100 thin client based on the processor Marvell Sheeva 88F6282

5D video hardware+softwareWe have developed a 5D cinema hardware and software complex at the order of a company which supplies animatronics

SmartLabs IPTV set-top box We have developed a range of IPTV set-top boxes, ensured license coverage for all the proprietary coding standards for audio and video

Smart house controller We have designed the HDMI-CEC controller to manage a home multimedia complex: cinema, tuner, VCR and other devices

Onboard multimedia computerWe have developed a sophisticated hardware and software system for multimedia, GPS navigation, travel time calculation, control of air conditioning

5D software for special effects By order of the animatronics supplying company we developed the CinemaControlPanel program for a 5D movie theater system

JPEG2000 4-channel recorderWe developed a video registration device for storage and distribution of audio and video streams on request from 4 analogue sources

IP-Plug ARM mini-serverWe have developed the multifunction mini-server for solving a wide range of tasks in IP networks, functions as a computer or a server

Navigator for cars We have developed a car navigation device which supports GLONASS / GPS, mobile communication and data transmission

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