There are two phases within the greater Design Phase. These phases include:
- Electronics and Software
- The Layout Process
Design Phase 1: Electronics and Software
First, our engineers start with software and firmware design which includes coding compiling and linking. Next, they do the electrical and electronic design. During this, they cover acquiring datasheets, creating HDL code and/or schematics, netlist and BOM, specifying board outline, controlled impedance traces, guarded areas, trace widths, test points and critical component placement, wiring harness designs and connector selection.
All aspects of electronic and software design will include:
- Design and rules checking
- Eliminating errors and warning messages
- Critical section verification including simulation or test
- Writing a theory of operation
- A detailed design review at the end of Design Phase 1
Design Phase 2: The Layout Process
The Layout Process has two review milestones which include the initial review and the second review. The initial review after the board outline, component footprints, and component placement is completed. The second and final review of the board occurs after routing and design or rules checking, prior to the fabrication of your circuit board.
During the final review, our team will also check the Gerber files, we will archive schematics and layout files and the revision numbers will be incremented each time we fabricate a board with changes. Finally, we archive a redlined version showing changes or rework.