EDC's product development services can best be presented by describing the typical phases of a full development project. EDC customizes a development program based on a client's needs. It may include all or part of the phases described below:

System Design

EDC works with the customer from the conceptual stage to develop a set of requirements that meet the client's needs. We then develop a system design that meets the client's performance requirements, cost and quality goals.

During this effort, we perform the following tasks:
Performance and cost requirements are defined.
Appropriate technologies are identified and tradeoff studies are conducted.
Candidate designs are analyzed.
Overall design approach is selected, including software algorithms and packaging.
Unit cost goal is established.
A Preliminary Design Review is conducted and the proposed design is presented to the client for approval.


Design and Development
During this phase EDC performs the detailed design, including:
Electronic design such as RF and microwave circuitry, antennas, analog and digital signal processors, embedded controllers, Ethernet and Internet interfaces, power conservation techniques, and necessary software.
Mechanical design that incorporates such elements as sealing, drop, shock and vibration characteristics, and miniaturization.
Preliminary drawing package generation.
A Design Review to obtain the client's approval to proceed to the prototype phase.



Prototype Fabrication
Upon completing the detailed design, prototypes are built in-house:
Prototype hardware is constructed by modifying off-the-shelf enclosures or using rapid prototyping parts.
Components are selected.
Printed circuit boards are designed and assembled.
Complete prototypes are fabricated.



Test, Evaluation and Certification
A qualification test plan is formulated that will verify that the product design meets the client's requirements.
Upon approval by the client, the testing is performed and a report is prepared. Any failures are analyzed and recommendations are made to correct the problem.
If necessary, all or part of the testing is repeated after corrections to the design are implemented.
Typical testing includes performance measurements; temperature, shock and vibration testing; and certification testing to obtain FCC, UL and/or CE approval
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Custom Test Equipment
One of the keys to producing a quality product is a well-conceived production test plan. Test equipment properly designed to implement this plan performs the acceptance tests for purchasing the hardware. It also provides data that can be used in tracking and controlling the manufacturer's processes.

Steps in the development of appropriate test equipment include:
Preparation of a conceptual test plan that includes the identification of key performance parameters, type of data required (calibration, parametric, and/or pass/fail), test methods, Detailed design of the test equipment, including electronics, mechanical fixturing and software development. Fabrication, test and calibration of the equipment.


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