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Introdution of our new PCB design partner - Xentronics

by: Apr 10,2019 67 Views 0 Comments Posted in News

PCB design; PCB layout; Hardware

Summary:       The 3rd party PCB design service

Xentronics is an electronic design & manufacturing consultancy based in Melbourne, Australia. With a small team of high-skilled hardware and firmware design engineers, we manage to offer clients a "one-stop-shop" for their electronic design solution, by offering full product life cycle support - from early conception, to prototyping and risk mitigation, to compliance testing and production, to end-of-life replacement and upgrading - we offer services for the entire process.

Rather than specialising in one specific field of electronics, our team manages to create disruptive, cost-effective, and high-quality products by maintaining a broader skillset within all the various fields of electronic design. Some of our capabilities specifically include:

Power Supplies

Low-voltage, high-speed power supply designs (i.e. 5V, 3.3V, 2.5V, 1.8V, etc.) for embedded systems

Medium-voltage power supply designs (12V, 24V, 48V, etc.) for entire system power, or a standalone product

Live power monitoring abilities in every product

Over-voltage, under-voltage, reverse-voltage, and over-current protection for all inputs to ensure a rugged product

Lithium-Ion/Lithium-Polymer and Lead-Acid battery system design, including protection circuitry for safe charging/discharging of cells

Analogue Circuitry

Custom sensor integration (temperature, light, pressure, etc.) and signal manipulation

Amplifier design for scaling, accuracy, or greater resolution improvements

Filter design for noise removal, anti-aliasing, and improved system performance

Simulation of system designs to ensure correct and functioning prototype on the first revision

Digital Circuit

Intra-board communication protocols such as I2C, SPI, I2S and USART

Inter-board communication protocols such as RS-232, RS-485/MODBUS, USB, and Ethernet

Utilising integrated sensors and devices

OLED/LCD/Display integration into a design, for user feedback and interaction

Embedded Systems

Time-critical peripheral utilisation (timers, PWM channels, input-capture and sampling)

Fast and memory effective implementation (DMA vs traditional polling methods)

Integrated Analogue-Digital crossover (ADCs and DACs, both internal and external)

External programming options, for making units field-upgradable

Safety integrity using watchdog timers and external EEPROM to ensure reliable self-checking of system performance

Internet of Things (IoT)

Bluetooth design solutions, for simple master-to-slave IoT control/sensing devices

Wi-Fi design solutions, for larger sensor array/networking IoT systems

Cellular design solutions, for remote and isolated IoT devices needing a global connection

GPS/GNSS design solutions, for positioning data availability

Antenna design and integration into products, for appropriately specified gains for particular applications

Schematic Capture

Using Altium Designer 19, and various circuit simulation spice tools, we provide an extremely high-quality schematic capturing service

By splitting up system elements into hardware "blocks", schematics are easily readable by those not involved in a project

Design notes, variants, and appropriate layout also allow even unqualified readers to understand the system functionality

Part numbering and ordering information is integrated right into the schematic, allowing easy bill-of-materials generation

PCB Layout

Using Altium Designer 19, and various PCB performance simulation tools, we also provide a high-quality PCB design service

Multilayer PCB design, from 1-layer for extremely cost-effective products, to 14 layer for extremely complex products

Surface-mount focused design, for better design-for-manufacturability as well as cost when it comes to production-scale manufacturing

Rigid, flexible, and rigid-flex PCB experience for dynamic capabilities regarding enclosure integration

Microwave design capabilities, including impedance controlling/watching, for high-speed signal integrity

VHDI experience, including blind/buried vias and via-in-pad technology for extremely space-constrained products

Consistent and constant use of 3D models within the PCB layout, to ensure no mechanical interferences component-to-component, or component-to-enclosure

High-voltage design experience (including meeting compliance standards), as well as high-current design experience

Design-for-EMC, aiming towards first-time compliance passing for a smoother production transition in the long-term

Assembly

With an in-house stencil applicator and reflow oven, we assemble prototypes ourselves to reduce cost and overheads

Ensures no errors in the assembly due to miscommunication between designer and assembler - since we are the same entity

Achieving IPC certification later in 2019, in order to further ensure quality products are supplied to clients

Board cleaning for maximum reliability during performance testing

Further adds to the speed and reliability of the product turnaround during the prototyping phases


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