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Welcome to our FAQ section! We understand that finding answers to your questions can be like trying to navigate through a maze of resistors and capacitors. But fear not, we've put together a guide to help you become an expert problem-solver in no time. So grab your multimeter and let's get started!

  • How are you guys different from other companies with a similar profile?
    Our experience shows that we have a more comprehensive approach to our service. We help in project planning with the business and budget end goals in mind. We advise on the best approach to staging the process, optimising requirements, reducing risk, achieving long-term operations goals, and many more. Our background comes not only from science and technology but also from real-life, fast pace business operations.
  • What makes choosing your services the safest option for me?
    The first service you will get complimentary is our free consultation. You can discuss your needs and receive the first overview of the possible solutions. In the later stages, we will ensure that each work package we do for you ends with easy-to-reverify and validate deliverables. Thanks to this approach, you will have a minimum financial risk and commitment.
  • I am writing a selection justification for my Management Board in which I have to give arguments for choosing you as the contractor for my project, give them to me in points.
    Staged projects with low financial and commitment risk for each stage. Comprehensive project management . Broad experience not only in science and technology but also in real-life. Fast pace business operations. Ability to help with optimising requirements, reducing risk, achieving long-term operations goals.
  • What will you do for me besides the project itself?
    We can work with various levels of cooperation and autonomy. If you take the most comprehensive service, we will take care of everything required to achieve your product's business and operation goals, including helping to build a tech-support and engineering team to handle your products.
  • How much experience do you have in electronics design?
    Our CTO has twenty years of experience designing, building and testing electronics products for various markets, including military and medical. His background is in Mathematics and Physics, beneficial disciplines when it comes to working with algorithms and signals. Our Cloud and Software Architect has worked 25 years with software, databases and cloud systems. The primary market he was involved in was the automotive sector, where high-reliability and complex IT infrastructure connected with real-time production and supply chain maintenance and optimisation is the base. Our Business Development Manager has been in the electronics industry for almost 15 years. During this time he has been involved in the production implementation and commercialization of hundreds of projects, several of which you are probably familiar with. He has collaborated and continues to collaborate with recognizable companies leading in their sectors. Our Production and Test Manager has been involved in electronics manufacturing for over twenty years, working with the biggest names in the UK and European industries. We choose to work with senior contractors with at least ten years of experience in their area of expertise to ensure our team is not short of the required skills.
  • What types of industries do you serve?
    The short answer is it depends on the involvement level. We can generally undertake partial work, as a minimum, with any electronics-related industry out there. However, the more comprehensive service is limited. We strongly encourage you to discuss this matter further with our free consultation service.
  • How do you ensure the quality of your electronics designs?
    We follow a rigorous quality management process that includes design reviews, testing and validation, and continuous improvement. We also adhere to industry standards and best practices for electronics design.
  • How do you handle intellectual property (IP) protection?
    We offer many additional options besides the standard NDA agreements, for example. Work with required clearance levels for team members. Work on the client's IT infrastructure (computer, version control systems, etc.). Lmit where and how we can discuss the projects and cooperation with clients.
  • What is your pricing structure?
    We are flexible and charge based on time, deliverables, project stages, or licensing models with low upfront costs for the development. We strongly encourage you to use our free consultation scheme for such discussions.
  • What services does your electronics design company offer?
    Please refer to our Services page for details on this topic.
  • What software tools do you use for electronics design?
    Altium, PADS, Solidworks, Matlab, AWS, Keil uVision, Raspberry Pi, ARM.
  • Do you offer manufacturing support?
    Altium, PADS, Solidworks, Matlab, AWS, Keil uVision, Raspberry Pi, ARM.
  • Can you help with design for manufacturability (DFM)?
    Yes, we have extensive experience designing for manufacturability and can help optimize your design for efficient and cost-effective production.
  • What is your experience with regulatory compliance?
    The most common standards we encounter are related to CE, FCC, UKCA and RoHS. However, we were also working on projects with regulations pertaining to the medical, marine and military industries.
  • Do you offer design for testing (DFT) services?
    Yes, we offer Design For Testing services that help ensure your electronics can be easily tested and debugged during the manufacturing process and in the field. We are also familiar with designing self-diagnostics systems.
  • Can I connect external harware to the Picoammeter?
    Unfortunately, no. Any connection to any other device may cause ground currents to flow and destroy the sensitive Analog Front-End circuit. This restriction also applies to a power supply. The device can run only on batteries.
  • How different is the design process for IoT devices from other commercial products?
    If we consider remote IoT devices, there is a need to make a special effort to make the instrument more reliable and low power. It should not lose the connection with the cloud and recover from unexpected situations. All that is required to minimise IoT systems' operations and maintenance costs.
  • Do you have experience in Linux?
    Yes, we do work on Raspbian and Raspberry Pi a lot. We use this product and design electronics and software for it. We also interface Raspberry Pi with external electronics like sensors, sound amplifiers and GSM modems over I2C, UART, SPI and GPIOs. We use tools like Systemd, Mosquitto, SQL Lite, My SQL and PostgreSQL and code mainly in C and Python.
  • How do you architect and manage Linux software?
    We use microservice architecture connected with Systemd, Mosquito and Python (for development speed and flexibility) and C/C++ (for all-around optimisation) services. Each microservice has architecture-level documentation describing its functionality, interface and development path. We manage all documentation and code in SVN or Git. The code is tested primarily via dedicated microservices.
  • How do you architect and manage Embedded software?
    We use Keil uVision whenever possible for embedded software development due o its high-quality compiler and debugging capabilities. We develop code in C language and keep it modular and hermetic. Each module has its architectural documentation, interface description, development, and testing paths. We work with RTOSes and bare metal depending on the code complexity and memory and speed requirements.
  • How do you achieve the lowest power consumption devices for IoT?
    We spend more time architecting the power supply architecture to minimise current consumption in both sleep and operating modes. We choose components with minimum losses and quiescent currents. We model the typical current consumption during the device's lifetime and measure how much energy each defined action takes, for example collecting data or sending it to the cloud. We also utilise whenever possible energy harvesting techniques from a variety of sources, like solar or vibration.
  • How reliable is your solution of GSM to Cloud connection?
    We have extensive experience in writing safety-critical firmware. With the limitation of GSM infrastructure reliability (GSM network and antennas, weather conditions), our devices have more than 99.9% uptime and can detect and recover from unforeseen situations.
  • How fast can you solve supply chain issues?
    It depends upon how deeply we have to modify the design itself. It may end in a couple of weeks if it is a simple BOM change and simple tests. However, this may take months if the product requires a thorough redesign and involves firmware change and CE/FCC/UKCA testing.

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