What software do you use for hardware development?

We draw schematics and circuit boards in Altium Designer, one of the most advanced software packages for embedded development. This software supports working with modern boards with high integration, flex-rigid technologies. Importantly for our customers and designers, it also generates accurate 3D models of the electronics being developed. Cisco and SpaceX, for example, also work in Altiu.

If necessary, we can process the design in another program (we often use Cadsoft/Autodesk Eagle, OrCAD, Formica or KiCad for some customers).

Switchboards and power devices are drawn in PCSchematic (PC Automation).

What are your specialties?

We are generally involved in the development of digital and analogue low-current devices, often in the fields of medicine, automation and special measurement.

For example:

  • build a microcomputer directly from chips on your own board (DDR3/4, embedded Linux, e.g. i.MX8),
  • mount high-speed camera chips on our PCB and process the image from them,
  • safely operate large coal mine pumps in environments where explosive methane may be present,
  • For fun, try sending a solar-powered probe on a balloon and tracking it to Iran using LoRa,
  • to produce a medical device that can run with sensors, communication and display for 4 years on a single battery and fit in the palm of your hand,
  • dropping vaccines for foxes from an airplane, according to the map and ballistics.
Will the hardware be of good quality? How long will it last?

Most of our applications are for industrial or medical applications and over the years we have been able to avoid common problems that lead to short lifetime of manufactured devices: frequent temperature testing, a modern approach to the design of switching power supplies with a minimum of electrolytic capacitors and a lot of experience with the real quality of purchased electronic components and assemblies help us to do this.

Elements for environments subject to weathering or vibration are designed as painted or painted. with bonded components, we fit at least minimum surge protectors in every device as standard, we do not size any components to the limit: this is why our products have excellent reliability.

However, the occasional failure cannot be prevented: where the equipment really must not break down (i.e. it must operate without failure, meeting the criteria of so-called functional safety integrity, e.g. SIL3 or SIL4), solutions with automatic backup or process redundancy come into play, which we are also happy to develop.