How Other Companies Implement Their Hardware Design Process
Is there a way to make the hardware design process easier in your company? How do other companies do hardware design? How do they create and manage libraries? How do engineers work together? How can they be sure that all documents are checked and correct? What about backups and project versioning?
These are some of the questions that Robert asked engineers around the world working in a wide variety of companies--from the biggest technological giants to small engineering teams. His purpose was to gather answers and information that can help you optimize the hardware design flow in your company.
Robert Feranec is the founder of FEDEVEL Academy and throughout his career, he has designed motherboards based on Intel, AMD, and VIA processors. He holds a B.Sc and M.Sc in Electronics and has worked as a Hardware Design Engineer at notable companies like VOIPAC and EUROTECH where he helped develop voiceover IP systems and industrial computers.
Robert is very well known through his YouTube channel, instructional videos, and Udemy courses where he teaches various Hardware Design courses. He also runs several successful open source projects and regularly contributes to electronic enthusiasts and professional communities by sharing his knowledge through free videos, blogs, and forum posts. Robert is currently living in Europe where he focuses on teaching hardware design.
Just because a design “works” does not mean it is a good design, worthy of its features replicated in other products. Often, designs published on the web work in spite of their bad design features, not because of them. We’ll use the Arduino Uno board as an example of how not to design a 2-layer board. I’ll show you the best design practices to use and how the common Arduino boards violate most of them. We’ll do some live measurements and compare a commercial board and the same design done right.
Eric Bogatin is currently the Dean of the Teledyne LeCroy Signal Integrity Academy, at www.beTheSignal.com. Additionally, he is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado - Boulder in the ECEE dept. Bogatin received his BS in physics from
MIT and MS and PhD in physics from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He has held senior engineering and management positions at Bell Labs, Raychem, Sun Microsystems, Ansoft and Interconnect Devices. He has written six technical books in the field and presented classes and lectures on signal integrity worldwide. In 2011, his company, Bogatin Enterprises, which he founded with his wife, Susan in 1990, was acquired by Teledyne LeCroy. After concluding his live public classes in 2013, he devoted his efforts into creating the Signal Integrity Academy, a web portal to provide all of his classes and training content online, for individuals and for companies.
My life has been shaped by hacking and engineering. If you're here at AltiumLive, it's possible that yours has, too.
Growing up behind the keyboard of an Atari 400, spending countless hours on bulletin board systems, and building electronic projects from magazine how-to columns, I was lucky to discover my passion early on. When other kids talked about what they wanted to be when they grew up, it was a firefighter, police officer, or astronaut. I wanted to be an engineer.
But, while I thought like an engineer, I questioned the world like a hacker. I realized the importance of sharing information in order to empower others, staying true to what I believed in, and remaining constantly curious.
In this session, I'll detail some of my favorite projects, including mischievous gadgets, crazy contraptions built for television, and mash-ups of technology that don't always make sense. I'll also share tips from my design process and, for the first time in public, profess my love for ferric chloride.
Joe Grand, also known as Kingpin, is a computer engineer, hardware hacker, teacher, advisor, runner, daddy, honorary doctor, TV host, member of legendary hacker group L0pht Heavy Industries, and the proprietor of Grand Idea Studio. He has been creating, exploring, and manipulating electronic devices since the 1980s and has been using Altium Designer or its predecessors for nearly just as long.
Moving from Prototype to Production with Arduino, Effortless design provided by Altium and Microchip
As more product proof of concept starts with Arduino based systems, moving from these systems to production does not mean starting over. There are core similarities in hardware design that allow the hardware design to move rapidly to a production-ready level by taking advantage of the existing database of hardware designs.
I will address the core elements of an Arduino based HW system, what can be removed, what can be optimized, and what needs to be considered in scalable design. As Arduino moves to more production-friendly designs and procedures, it’s important to present the entire range of options available from prototype to production.
An avid Maker before it was a widespread term, Bob Martin has been tearing things apart to see how they work for his entire life. He holds a B.S.E.E from the University of Saskatchewan and spent much of his early career designing industrial control systems, installing specialized instruments into Arctic weather stations, and supporting upper atmospheric research campaigns.
20 years ago, Bob moved to the Bay Area where he has spent time working at National Semiconductor and a few startups before landing at Atmel where he managed a microcontroller applications team. Today, Bob serves as the “Wizard of Make” for Microchip where he continues to keep the Maker spirit alive. He now lives in Sunnyvale CA with his wife, twin daughters, a cat with no teeth, and boxes of “vintage electronics” that really need to be recycled.