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Hardware – what was that about development?

Fact: An electronic assembly only works with the right hardware circuit, components and mechanics. The fabsolution service includes the verification of said parts. We check your idea, prepare a feasibility study and a corresponding mandatory booklet. Then let's get to the real work: For the functional testing of electronics, we first develop a prototype.

This and an electronic thermal simulation programme allow us not only to test the electronics extensively, but also to check whether the manufacturing process is working optimally. Finally, we construct the mechanics in which the electronics are embedded. Thanks to detailed 3D studies, we can simulate the perfect fit in advance.


Hardware development

  • Sensor systems for a wide variety of measuring ranges
  • Controllers and inverters in the field of power electronics
  • Control and regulation technology
  • LED technology for lighting concepts
  • Embedded Systems
  • Bus systems such as DALI, DMX, Interbus
  • Wireless systems such as Bluetooth Low Energy, JenNet-IP, Zigbee
  • Monitoring

The best software acts like a twin to the hardware.

There is only one solution for the best possible functionality: Embedded Systems Engineering – or metaphorically speaking: Hardware and software are identical twins that go hand in hand. With this holistic approach, we ensure from the very start that everything works smoothly during production. This kind of precision requires detailed requirements analysis and exact prototyping — it's done!

Our services in software development cover a variety of areas. We use various microcontrollers – from low power to high performance, from low cost to high tech. At the same time, we also use wired bus systems, interfaces and communication protocols.

The list is long — see for yourself:

  • Radio-based communication and networks for the IoT such as BLE / Bluetooth Smart, Zigbee
  • Individual customer-specific automation technology: Sensors, control and regulation technology, e.g. for motors, valves, pumps
  • Device operation by touch or gestures
  • Experience with standard-compliant implementation, including for safety-critical projects (medical technology, functional safety) with risk control measures and diagnoses

In addition, we possess other competencies in the software universe — for example, we develop firmware and program microcontrollers:

  • Firmware for embedded systems of various characteristics and complexity
    • From hardware-related drivers to abstract applications
    • From real-time operating systems (RTOS) to embedded Linux
    • From model-based software development to assembly code
  • Bootloader for software updates after delivery
  • Measurement data processing, filter functions and signal evaluation, DSP
  • Development and implementation of customer-specific algorithms, functions and processes

And we don't leave computers out of software development either.

  • GUI and application development for the PC
  • Parameterisation software and bootloader interfaces
  • Remote control components
  • Smartphone Apps

Function is only as good as its form.

Optimally functioning assemblies are based on an optimally planned circuit design — the function is only as good as its form. The challenge here is that the requirements for PCB design have increased significantly in recent years. Electronic components are becoming increasingly complex and smaller, but, conversely, must combine a much greater variety of components. Within fabsolutions, we develop PCB layouts that fully meet these requirements.

And what is more: Due to the PCB unbundling, we are also able to adapt existing circuit designs to certain requirements.

State-of-the-art – our PCB technology

With Mentor Graphics Expedition, we will develop ground-breaking PCB designs or adapt circuits to the prevailing status quo. Without exception, our technologies are state-of-the-art worldwide – regardless of whether they are new developments or optimisations.


Mentor Graphics Expedition

  • Printed Circuit Boards (Multilayer)
  • Rigid-flex Printed Circuit Boards, Flex Printed Circuit Boards
  • IMS Printed Circuit Boards (Insulated Metal Substrates)
  • HDI-Printed Circuit Boards (High Density Interconnects)
  • Thick Copper Printed Circuit Boards
  • Longboard Printed Circuit Boards
  • Ceramic Substrates
  • Glass Substrates
  • Ball Grid Array (BGA), Chip-on-Board (CoB)
  • Embedded Components

During the production of printed circuit boards or a circuit layout, we also take care of other relevant factors: the appropriate dimension of the board, its highest possible degree of miniaturisation, a high packing density, thermal management and ensuring the EMC. At the same time, we design the assembly in 3D so that it can fit into a housing during the layout phase. That special something: The collision check already takes place during layout development.

Complex circuits, made easy.

The basis for the perfect functionality of an electronic assembly is a sophisticated layout, thought out and right down to the nanometer. This also includes the circuit design. Although the requirements in this discipline are becoming ever more complex and demanding, we are able to combine even the most complicated requirements simply and cleverly in a circuit design.


Circuit design

  • Designs for microcontroller circuits,
  • AC/DC Converter, DC/DC Converter
  • Sensor frontends
  • Signal processing of sensor elements
  • Analogue and digital signal processing
  • Embedded Systems
  • Circuit Simulation
  • LTspice XVII by Linear Technology, PLECS 4.1.8
  • AD (Analog Devices)

Don't let the mechanics worry you. Fascination: design.

An assembled printed circuit board only becomes a ground-breaking product with the right housing — beautiful shell, smart core. And what is more: A housing protects the interior from a variety of harmful environmental influences. Exactly what other properties, especially mechanical ones, the case still needs, is something we will find out during the development of the PCB layout. On the basis of realistic simulations, we identify which requirements the overall design must meet and which degrees of protection are necessary for this. The protection of the EMC is also integrated into this process. These early collision checks save a lot of time and money in the later implementation.

Four steps to perfect mechanics:

  • Housing construction
  • System modelling
  • System simulation
  • 3D modelling of the complete assembly

Depending on the field of application of the electronics and the associated challenges of protection class and standard, the technology can also be protected inside the housing — beautiful shell, smart and self-protecting core.

A short, effective and optimised process.

In the development and production of special electronics, two questions regularly pop up: How much does it cost, and how long does it take? The answer is always the same: As little as possible. Even in the early development stage of electronics, we have a firm eye on the costs. During process development, we optimise all production processes, in order to minimise time and costs, while constantly improving quality.

With the best possible solutions for assembly and connection technology and the most suitable selection of suitable components, we can guarantee short, effective and optimised electronics production. And with the right test strategy, we achieve the greatest possible error coverage without losing sight of the effort involved in testing equipment and times.


Automation & Process Development

  • 3D layouts for the optimal interaction between electronics and mechanics
  • Highly miniaturised design of the assembly and connection technology
  • Component engineering for the selection of components
  • Testing of suitable soldering methods (reflow, wave, selective, laser, vapor phase, robot soldering)
  • Automation of special production processes
  • Mechanical machining centre for production equipment and workpiece carriers
  • Process FMEA

The best that testing has to offer.

The development and production of a customer-specific electronic assembly also includes the specific test development. The more complex the device, the more demanding the manufacturing process and testing process becomes.

Test development refers to many test procedures – such as system configuration, programming or parameterisation. And for everything, we have a test.


Test development

  • In-Circuit Test – Electronic Circuit Test (ICT)
  • Functional Test – Functional Test (FCT)
  • Run-in test – Reliability of the assembly
  • Burn-in test – Simulation of the aging of the assembly
  • Boundary-Scan Test – Standard procedure for testing digital and analogue components
  • Automatic Optical Inspection – Automatic Optical Inspection (AOI Test)
  • Automatic X-Ray Inspection – Automatic X-Ray Inspection (AXI Test)

The solutions and the means to the end.

In addition to our own electronics production, we have a fully functional tool shop. This means: We are not only able to produce the solution, but also to produce the means to the end. The main advantage here is that we undercut the time required between development and production many times over. The in-house tool making also brings other advantages with it:

  • Quick maintenance and repair
  • Only one point of contact for the customer (one-stop shop)
  • Production of our own prototype tools and devices
  • Production of test tools
  • Production of workplaces for our production
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