Embedded Electronics Design Services

Tier One provides premier embedded electronics design services. Beginning with specification development, Tier One provides all design services required to prepare electronics for manufacturing, including:

   System Architecture Development
   Physical design
   Prototype assembly
   Debug and testing
   Certification
   Release

 

With decades of electronics design experience, Tier One engineers have designed more than 200 complex printed circuit board assemblies. Our customers often depend on our electronics design expertise to maintain the very lifeblood of their business. Many of the products based on our designs have shipped in high volume, serving as critical components in the revenue streams of hundreds of businesses throughout the world.

Contact Tier One to learn how our complete electronics design services can benefit your organization's next development project.

Specification Development

Specifications serve as a basis for a project's design objectives. While some customers have completed specifications prior to the start of a project, many do not. Regardless of the required detail for your project, Tier One can develop your specification or begin work from an existing one. In either case, we frequently uncover opportunities to improve a design's feature set, lower its projected costs, or both.

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System Architecture Development

Once the specification is complete, Tier One leverages its system architecture skills to begin an optimal design. This process can be lengthy and iterative for consultants with narrow skills or inadequate experience. For Tier One, it is usually a quick step that translates into direct business benefits for customers - choosing the most appropriate hardware architectures, component selections, and physical designs at the outset of the project decreases risks, lowers costs, and shortens schedules.

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Physical Design

The schematic is the heart of the physical design. For Tier One, the schematic serves as the root document for design activities. Not only do all physical designs begin with schematic capture, but almost all design modifications begin there also. This approach ensures that design documents always correlate throughout the product lifecycle, eliminating confusion as to which revision of what document governs the design.

The bill-of-material is derived from the schematic, and once generated can be used to procure prototype materials. It can also be used to begin quotations for parts procurement in production quantities. Tier One produces bills of material as outputs from its design database, not by hand-manipulation or re-keying schematic output. This creates efficiencies and substantially reduces opportunities for error.

Tier One performs layout for its own designs in-house. This is different from many contract design teams which typically subcontract this function. Our philosophy is that the original design engineer will produce the layout with the shortest schedule, best signal quality, and highest likelihood of quickly meeting the agency certification requirements of the FCC, UL, and others.

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Prototype Assembly

Depending on design specifics and schedule constraints, Tier One will either manage a contract manufacturer for prototype assembly, or provide the assembly service in-house.

We have many years of experience in working through assembly optimization with a variety of manufacturers, virtually all package types, and a large number of connector formats. The prototyping process provides the first opportunity to prove out the cost and yield targets for a design, and also help to select a manufacturer for volume production.

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Debug and Testing

Risks to projects that are unpredictable in severity or schedule impact often occur in the phase of initial debug and testing. The expertise and skill offered by Tier One greatly minimizes the uncertainty of this phase. This is so much the case that some of our customers depend on us for this skill exclusively. Many others find us when their prior efforts at this stage of product development have ended in failure.

Tier One has all of the expertise, laboratory equipment, and relationships in the electronics community required to overcome the challenges unique to this stage of design activity.

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Certification

Awareness of regulatory constraints is necessary at the outset of design, in some cases constraining the most fundamental design decisions. Once designs are complete, ensuring regulatory compliance at the lowest non-recurring and per-unit cost is a function of skill and prior experience.

Tier One has provided the final point of accountability for ensuring compliance with government regulations and safety underwriting for a very wide variety of electronics designs. These have included designs in highly constrained industrial settings and tightly regulated consumer use.

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Release

When a design is complete, the customer and manufacturer must have all the information required to know exactly what to build and how to build it. Tier One release packages include not just the design documents, but all assembly and test instructions required to successfully produce the product.

Tier One final report documentation includes comprehensive narrative from the design engineers. This structured information records the heuristic knowledge that is so rarely captured on paper, even for projects using internal engineering resources.

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