We got tired of flaky debuggers and cheap USB-to-serial converters, so we decided to design a more elegant and rugged solution to make debugging easier. Featuring an on-board Xilinx FPGA programmer, isolated dual USB-to-serial adapters, and dual USB-to-I2C adapters, you can bring-up and debug custom hardware faster. We’ve defined a standard pinout for the Samtec[…]
We routinely use off-the-shelf USB cables for debugging and testing of our designs. Whether we’re qualifying an off-the-shelf USB charger for a customer application or testing a custom design’s USB port, it’s convenient to have bare leads attached to a USB connector. With USB C, it becomes challenging to solder directly to the connector, as the pins are[…]
Santa brought us some early Christmas presents this year with a Vision Engineering Mantis stereo microscope and a Wiha screwdriver set. The microscope will come in handy when testing and debugging high-density, fine-pitch surface mount PCBs, like the design in our last post. Happy Holidays everyone!
The team is finishing up a week of serious engineering with a thorough peer design review of principal engineer Jonny‘s 16-layer HDI PCB designed with Altium Designer and SolidWorks. At the center: a massive Xilinx, Inc. Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC (FPGA fabric + 64-bit ARM SoC) part. Two banks of DDR4 2400 MT/s memory (from Micron[…]
We are nearly finished with this prototype and manufacturing test PCB, designed with Altium Designer! This first-run prototype will be used to test the mechanical fit of connectors and the bring-up of crucial electrical circuitry.
These photos are from an optics project. This lens which has the half moon cut out of it is a hot mirror. Hot mirrors reflect infrared light and allow the visible light spectrum through. We cut these with a diamond-coated end mill. We cut through this mirror at a speed of 1 inch per minute.[…]
Check out this custom vacuum fixture (designed and used for increased manufacturing efficiency) and a simple display made of acrylic.
Electronic test fixture. Mechanical design in #Solidworks, PCB design in #Altium. Fixture cut on our #Haas mill with the cam programming done with #Hsmworks.
Check out this beautiful, integrated electromechanical assembly prototype! We designed the PCB with Altium Designer, designed the enclosure with SolidWorks, created tool paths with HSMWorks, and machined it on our Haas mill!