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The electronic design process

Consider Your Initial Concept

The first step of the electronic design process is to outline the clients objectives in order to refine the concept. At this point, a brief written document is required to specify the scope of the proposed project in technical language. This will of course be able to be understood by you so you can progress through the process.

Feasibility Study

The first step of the feasibility study is to check both the suitability and availability of the parts and major components the client plans to use. From here, we investigate how much it will cost to meet the scope of the project, in which we will identify the lowest costs available.
When looking at the feasibility of the project, Newbury Innovation will consider the proof of concept hardware development and develop the project specifications from the client’s concept, estimating costs of development and costs of the finished product. Once the feasibility study is complete, a written report is produced and presented to the client for feedback. If any changes need to be made, a revised project specification is then carried out.

Hardware Development Phase

During the hardware development phase, we firstly optimise the costs and check availability of the components. Next, we design the electronic circuit and produce the schematic design, this will include generating a bill of materials, creating the CAD layout of the PCB, writing the software and manufacturing the bench top prototypes. Once the prototypes have been manufactured, a test takes place and the results are presented to the client. Manufacturing costs and quotations will then be supplied to the firm.

Software and Firmware Development Phase

The next step of the design process is the software and firmware development phase, this consists of generating state diagrams and firmware documentation. This is followed by a well commented software code and testing of all prototypes to then present the results to the client.

Pre-production build

During the pre-production stage, we incorporate the design revisions, generate the professional CAD layout, design the enclosure and fabricate pre-production PCBs. We then populate the PCBs needed and test the pre-production units against the specification to check if any revisions are necessary before the results are presented to the client and the production build is finalised.

Production Phase

The final stage of the design process is the production phase. During this stage, Newbury Innovation design the multi-circuit bare PCB pallet and manufacture the laser cut solder paste screens. We will then programme the pick and places, AOI and flying probe machines which are then to be followed by the manufacture and test of the production units to the final specification.

Make an Enquiry

Using this process, we are happy to tailor electronic electronic design projects to your requirements. To get a design quote, please use the quote form below or contact us on 01635 40347.