Initial Electrical Design
Provided services covering all aspects of new product development, starting with the initial electrical design,
done in the clients choice of CAD packages (Viewlogic and Orcad are favored products)in both flat and hierarchical
Raw PCB layout and fabrication
Provided Net2Phone with Raw PCB layout, also done in the clients choice of CAD packages (Cadence products Orcad & Allegro, along with PADs preferred). Prototype quantities of
the raw card was procured in just a few days. Working prototypes, both hand built and autoplaced, were available within one week.
Prototypes were built in quantities of four or five, followed by lots of ten. Once sufficient volume was achieved, secured a number of contract
manufacturers that fit the client's needs.
While the electrical design was ongoing, also handled the mechanical design and packaging requirements. Have numerous overseas contacts
for economical plastic injection moldings.
Bill of Materials (BOM) costing and cost reduction
Analyzed the entire bill of materials and starting with the most expensive
components, negotiated ever lower prices. Specialize in finding equivalent alternatives in Asia and negotiating aggressive
Certifications (Part 15, Part 68, etc.) - Mitigation work
Prior to volume production, analyzed target markets and determined the certifications required for sales in those countries.
Took the product through the required certification labs and requirements. Experience in this area can amount to significant dollar
savings, allowing funding to work in other product development areas.
Contract Manufacturer selection and subsequent liason mission
Matched volume and
other specific needs to the right manufacturer. Drew up an RFQ, and interviewed
and visited prospective manufacturers as needed.
Once the volume manufacturer had been selected, met with them as required, ensured a smooth ramp up and handled all the inevitable engineering
issues as they arose.
Cost reduction through further integration (FPGA's ASIC's, etc.)
Once the product enjoyed smooth production, worked with sales and production figures to determine what levels of further integration would result in
a more economical product. Swept everything feasible into more highly integrated chips.
Organized all BOM documentation, part numbers, schematics etc., for possible design re-use for follow-on or related products.
During the entire process, we used IT resources to provide version control and design archival through a password protected, web based,
product specific web site.
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