Services We Offer at Austin Electronic Design & Development
We mentioned that we are a full-service design firm, and we mean it. We can help you with any phase of your product development cycle, for as long or short a period as you require. As an agile team of dedicated engineers and developers, we are especially efficient in small-volume, quick-turn prototype development. And when you are ready for full-blown production, we can handle that for you as well. Here's a list of the more prominent services we can offer:
• Product Definition
Often, our customers come to us with only a rough idea of what they want their product to be or to do. AEDD can help you turn those back-of-a-napkin scribblings or whirlwind of ideas you have about your product into a precise, clear product definition. Not only does a crisp product definition lower your overall development cost, it makes for a superior product and is very helpful for business planning or securing funding.
• Product Specification
Product Specification sounds awfully similar to product definition, and in many cases it is. But product specifications usually go a bit further and nail down essentials about size, power demands, inputs and outputs, sensors and interfaces that are required, and can even call out which exact parts should be used. The goal of product specification is to have a document which you can hand to a product developer which clarifies exactly what your expectations are for your product.
• New Product Development
New product development covers a pretty wide range of activities, and AEDD can get involved with any of them you need. We can do the whole thing, or only a portion. Maybe you only need schematic entry and board layout. The new product development cycle typically includes these following activities:
• System-level architecture
• Part selection
• Schematic design and entry
• PCB layout
• PCB fabrication and board assembly
• Basic board testing
• Software programming
• Final product characterization and testing
• Design iterations if required
• Existing Product Refinement
Even at AEDD, we find that change can be hard. Unfortunately, though, the world sometimes thrusts it upon us. With the pace of new technology, very often current products can be improved or have their life extended by using newer less expensive parts or by adding new features. Sometimes even simple changes can greatly reduce production and testing costs. And, as new part become available, older parts become more expensive and harder, or even impossible, to find. AEDD can help you out when it is time take a look at your existing products to make recommendations and implement those changes to keep that existing product flying out the door.
• Agency Approvals and Testing
For about as long as we have been designing products, AEDD has also been getting those products certified. Whether it is UL, FCC, CE, TUV, or international homologation you are seeking for your product, AEDD has accomplished it many times. We understand the process and all that process entails. For many designers and developers the prospect of going through the testing and certification process is intimidating. We won’t pull your chain and tell you that it can’t be expensive. But by understanding what the process is, we can certainly keep the costs as low as possible.