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OWON's engineers and sales representatives will work with our customers all through the entire projects stages in understanding their needs, analyzing their requirements, and eventually assisting them to achieve their financial and business goal.

 

Requirements analysis

 

Requirements Analysis is to obtain a thorough and detailed understanding of the business need and to break it down into discrete requirements, which are then clearly defined, reviewed and agreed upon with the Customer Decision-Makers.

OWON has a variety of "ready-to-go" technology mixes and base-line product templates to satisfy customers' customization demand in various industries and applications. Requirements Analysis provides the foundation to select the most matching solution platforms for the designate application, as well as to determine the detailed specifications for the target products.

 

OWON has several project managers backed up with overseas education and work experiences capable of communicating with world-wide customers seamlessly; this guarantees that OWON understand what our customers' needs in the phase of requirements analysis.

 

OWON Truly knows that any mistakes made during this stage are very expensive to correct later on, so we always spend considerable time communicating with our customers ensuring the project is on the right track from day one.

 

The requirements analysis usually contains the following:

 

  • Operational Requirement
  • Functional Requirement
  • Parametric Requirement
  • Quality of Service Requirement

 

Circuit & PCB Design

 

The process of circuit design can cover systems ranging from complex electronic systems all the way down to the individual transistors within an integrated circuit.

In OWON, Circuit design usually involves the following stages:

 

  • Defines the requirement specification after communicating with the customer;
  • Composes a technical proposal to meet the requirements of the customer specification;
  • Draws a schematic circuit diagram that realizes the specifications;
  • Calculates the component values to meet the operating specifications under specified conditions;
  • Performs simulations to verify the correctness of the design;
  • Builds a prototype version of the design and testing against specification;
  • Makes any alterations to the circuit to achieve compliance;
  • Chooses a method of construction as well as all the parts & materials to be used;
  • Presents component and layout information to draughts persons, and layout and mechanical engineers, for prototype production;
  • Test or type-test a number of prototypes to ensure compliance with customer requirements;
  • Signs and approves the final manufacturing drawings;
  • Post-design services.

 

The general process for a commercial printed circuit board design would include:

 

  • Schematic capture through an Electronic design automation tool;
  • Card dimensions and template are decided based on required circuitry and case of the PCB. Determine the fixed components and heat sinks if required;
  • Deciding stack layers of the PCB. 4 to 12 layers or more depending on design complexity. Ground plane and power plane are decided. Signal planes where signals are routed are in top layer as well as internal layers;
  • Line impedance determination using dielectric layer thickness, routing copper thickness and trace-width. Trace separation also taken into account in case of differential signals. Microstrip, stripline or dual stripline can be used to route signals;
  • Placement of the components. Thermal considerations and geometry are taken into account. Vias and lands are marked;
  • Routing the signal trace. For optimal EMI performance high frequency signals are routed in internal layers between power or ground planes as power planebehaves as ground for AC;
  • Gerber file generation for manufacturing.

 

IC Programming and Firmware design

 

IC programming is the process of transferring a computer program into an integrated computer circuit. Modern ICs are typically programmed in circuit though a serial protocol (sometimes JTAG sometimes something manufacturer specific). Some (particularly FPGAs) even load the data serially from a separate flash or prom chip on every startup.

 

Software and HMI Design

 

The human–machine interaction (HMI) is the space where interaction between humans and machines occurs. The goal of interaction between a human and a machine at the user interface is effective operation and control of the machine, and feedback from the machine which aids the operator in making operational decisions.

 

Industrial design

 

Industrial design is the use of a combination of applied art and applied science to improve the aesthetics, ergonomics, and usability of a product, but it may also be used to improve the product's marketability and production. The role of an industrial designer is to create and execute design solutions for problems of form, usability, physical ergonomics, marketing, brand development, and sales.

 

System Integration

 

System integration is the bringing together of the component subsystems into one system and ensuring that the subsystems function together as a system. OWON engineers have massive experience in designing and integrating system level solutions. At first, we build a close team with our customers and understand the application and requirements. Secondly, we define together the optimal system architecture evaluating aspects like performance, I/O, power, thermal and ruggedization requirements. We develop a prototype, define acceptance test procedures. After successful delivery of prototypes we ensure solid deployment and life-cycle support.

 

Prototype Testing & Verification

 

The completion of a prototype is only the starting point of product commercialization. In order to successfully transfer the prototype into a manufacturable product a series of testing should be carried out which includes:

 

  • Environmental testing
  • EMI / EMC proofing
  • Industrial robustness verification

 

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