Hardware services / Hardware-design

Hardware design

(Architecture and PCB design)

Hardware Design is essential during the new product development process, and Intechhouse delivers the finest Hardware Design Services. We design devices based on the client’s vision and tech requirements following established constraints and standards. We can also help you troubleshoot and upgrade existing hardware fast and reliable. We are fond of searching the sensitive components even if you need something rare.

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Hardware Design Advantages

High-Quality International Design Standards

Our teams can develop an excellent design product based on the client’s requirements by international standards. It will be a perfect mix of quality and comfortability at the same time to surprise the final users. 

Design for Assembly

Our teams can build everything clearly so that every detail is in its place and functions, and the product looks complete. 

Design for Test 

If the design is done clearly and correctly, there will be no problems with testing the product in the future, so companies will save much time and go faster to the market.

Design Reliability

We will select the best design of the device so that all the components fit well and do not affect each other’s actions if not required. 

Design for EMC Compliance 

Technical means can simultaneously function in real-time operating conditions with the required quality and not create unacceptable electromagnetic interference to other elements.

Project Documentation

Our team will describe the system operation to the smallest detail so that there are no misunderstandings and users can perform various actions easily.

Design by Talents

For more than 19 years, our engineers have been creating designs for hardware solutions that meet all international standards.

Hardware Design Types

There are seven crucial steps in hardware design development:

Board Design

Intechhouse usually begins cooperation with product concept analysis. When we know all tech requirements and customer priorities, our technical experts suggest several designing ways and then create your hardware device. The board design is an essential development part, so your product may have several iterations and assessments to get the desired design result. 

PCB Design

Intechhouse can do everything connected with hardware architecture design, schematics, printed circuit board layout, and production and assembly planning, our electronic designers handle it well. Being a proven cooperation partner for more than 19 years, our hardware design engineers can guarantee that all of our goods will meet international quality standards or even exceed customer thoughts.

Stages of the Product Development Lifecycle

There are seven crucial steps in hardware design development:

Project Analysis and Idea Validation

Whatever your project needs may be, we’ve got you covered. We provide assistance in analysing your project(s), its feasibility and, of course, the technical aspects of it. You can rest assured that our top professionals will be available for you for any inquiries that you may have about your project and specification.

We know it’s difficult for a small team to assess complex issues such as competition, design tools, and cost optimisation. With our expertise, we can guarantee you’ll have the best assessment of the viability of your hardware project. We’ll also provide you with ideas, optimisation strategies and whatever else your project needs to succeed.

Having a good idea is paramount. However, to make it viable, specific development requirements must be analysed, as well as the constraints that may factor in. Only then you can rest assured that your development idea will turn into a brilliant reality.

In our competitive world, establishing realistic frameworks is crucial. Envisioning a project is exciting, but that can also lead to false assumptions, which can result in something that’s not realisable. Rest assured, we’ll help you define a realistic situation for your project and hardware needs.

Schematic Drawings

Do you need help with your circuit design? We can help you meet your specifications and requirements. Our hardware design engineers will create your hardware design schematic diagrams according to your vision and needs. Our schematic drawings will emphasise the flow of the hardware design system as it functions, using symbols that indicate the function of the equipment.

This is the cornerstone of a successful project. It’s the blueprint for everything that comes afterwards, and our team can offer you the most efficient schematic drawings to ensure optimisation.

Mockup Prototypes

We know that prototype building is challenging, given the resources involved. This is why we can offer you mockup prototypes so you can feel more confident in moving forward with your project.

Our mockups are high-fidelity representations that demonstrate your product’s specifications, functionality and capabilities. We’ll provide you with multiple options, and you will decide which one suits your vision best.

Additionally, we can offer you Proof-of-Concept Prototypes to demonstrate your product’s core functionality, functional prototypes that offer greater flexibility and the appearance of a hardware design model to test the form of the product and the ergonomics.

PCB Layout Design

Next stage, your schematic designs need to be feasible on the actual hardware. For this reason, we use reputable software so that you won’t have any compatibility issues moving forward.

We’ll convert your hardware design schematic diagram into a physical circuit board layout. It’s well-known how difficult it is to translate hardware design diagrams into reality, due to component size and other factors. We can provide you with the best PCB routing, no matter how small the board is. We make sure to consider every mechanical component.

There are always standards for electronic components and electronic devices that ensure the quality and reliability of the products. To guarantee quality throughout the manufacturing process, we ensure that the PCB design meets IPC (Institute for Printed Circuit Boards) standards and for products to be electro-magnetic compliant (EMC); electronic systems must be designed with good EMC performance in mind.

We consider many factors when designing electronic circuit boards to ensure they pass the EMC test.

System Integration

With various-type made casings, the most important responsibilities are aligning the connections with the case and ensuring that the case’s closing mechanism works properly. Sometimes the box size must be kept to a minimum, and shorts between the boards and the case may occur. So, our teams, having extensive experience in building hardware products, can easily avoid problems with EMC Compliance for an end user.

Prototype Evaluation and Debugging

Our team can help you with the prototype evaluation and its debugging. We use state-of-the-art technology and techniques to ensure your prototype is failsafe.

Expertise in checking for issues is crucial when dealing with prototypes. Sometimes, out-of-the-box thinking is the difference between something that works and something that doesn’t.

Evaluating a prototype not only means testing whether it works properly: it also means testing whether they meet design specifications and requirements. We have the tools and methodologies suitable for these endeavours. This will allow you to recognise and correct errors, saving you a lot of money and time and allowing room for improvement.

Automated Test

As part of hardware development, an automated manufacturing load and test system are established. We recommend having at least two tests during the production process. The test is carried out to ensure that the electronics that make up the final gadget perform in the same way as the golden unit. After the electronic test and final assembly, the finished device is switched on and tested in the second testing phase. Using new technologies for testing, your system components will be all right.

Project Management

If your project requires a project manager to coordinate each stage from the validation of the idea or after the creation of the design, we are ready to provide the best specialists. If you’ve already had a project manager or someone who is responsible for managing the project, then we can develop good communication and work closely with such specialists.

Did you Know

An average annual hardware design engineer salary in the USA is
$103,032
However, you can find much lower developer rates in Poland for the same years of experience. 

FAQ

There are at least six stages of any hardware development cycle:

  • Product idea and documentation analysis
  • Schematic drawing and mockup prototypes with tech requirements and international standards 
  • Design layout
  • Prototype creation and debugging
  • System integration
  • Small series or mass production

Software products can have multiple releases by adding new features and re-writing existing logic to support the new features. However, hardware products consist of physical components that cannot be “re-developed” after manufacturing and cannot add new functional capabilities that require hardware changes. So, developing hardware can be challenging, and the company should calculate all the risks.

There is no general black box that is currently possible that will be able to manage all product specifications. That’s why companies need to create a specific design for the products that fit well and allow good electronic connection and transmission of a signal to all elements.

Yes, there are over 50,195 hardware design engineers currently employed only in the United States. But it’s there are quite a few experienced specialists, so the profession is in demand and the average hardware designer salary is quite high.

A hardware engineer is a specialist responsible for the design development, manufacture, installation, and optimization of hardware components. The hardware components often include, for example, computer mice and keyboards, modems, circuit boards, disk drives, and other complex systems.

The most common technologies we use are:

PCB design

Schematics
Altium Designer
KiCAD

Industrial interfaces design

can
Ethernet
RS485
RS232
LVDS
USB

Wireless communication

WiFi
ISM
BLE
BGA – rework and assembly equipment
ARM Cortex M4
M3
M0 – STM32F4
STM32F7
STM32L4
STM32L0
STM32MP1
Single and Dual core ARM Cortex A9 – Xilinx Zynq
FPGA
ESP8266
ESP32
ESP32
AVR
MPS430
Raspberry Pi
PIC