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Development and Testing

Where your idea takes shape.

In the product development stage, your product comes to life.

We'll complete the design and create prototypes to evaluate product features. We often create hardware and software components using different, but synchronized, approaches. For example, we may recommend a traditional alpha/beta development cycle for hardware along with a multistage, iterative development cycle for software.
 

Software and Firmware

We take care of the design, development, and customization. You get market-ready wireless products.

Digi Wireless Design Services’ software designers have deep experience with embedded firmware and software for a variety of microprocessors, microcontrollers, and applications of every kind. We have particular expertise in many aspects of diagnostics, communications, bootloaders, and redundancy.

Operating systems

  • Embedded Linux
  • Windows 10
  • SarOS
  • Android
  • NET+OS® and NDS (Digi operating systems)
  • ThreadX
  • MQX
  • VxWorks
  • Windows CE

Software development languages

  • C/C++
  • Python
  • MicroPython
  • C#
  • Java

Tools and processes

  • Internal libraries to solve common problems
  • Continuous integration server
  • Unit tests and regression tests

Wired and wireless communications

  • Cellular carriers and protocols, including:
    • AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint
    • 5G/4G/3G/2G
  • GNSS
  • 802.15.4, DigiMesh®, Zigbee and other mesh networks
  • Wi-Fi, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Custom ISM band RF (custom protocol)
    • 433 MHz/900 MHz/2.4 GHz/5.8 GHz
  • Bluetooth (classic and BLE)
  • Satellite (Orbcomm, Iridium)
  • Radio-frequency Identification (RFID)
  • Infrared Data Association (IrDA)
  • RS-232, RS-422, RS-485 and Controller Area Networks (CAN)
  • ModBus, SAE J1939, J1708 and J1587 vehicle bus
  • IEEE-488 General Purpose Interface Bus (GPIB)

Product Design

Product development that cuts production cost and maximizes performance.

Unique product requirements often call for creative designs. That’s why so many companies turn to Digi WDS. Following a disciplined process, our engineering experts help you reduce design risk and development costs. Our teams have deep experience in RF issues, electrical designs, software, firmware, board layouts, and mechanical and industrial design.

Digi WDS can help with a variety of applications:

  • Battery operated devices
  • Regulated medical devices and connected health
  • Ground transportation, including automotive, rail, and fleet
  • Aerospace and aeronautics
  • Consumer-wearable and portable devices
  • Industrial sensors and controls
  • Gateways and routers
  • User experience solutions from simple interfaces to advanced touch-screen displays

Additionally, we can help you with a wide range of wireless technologies:

  • Cellular carriers and protocols, including:
    • AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint
    • 5G/4G/3G/2G
  • GNSS
  • 802.15.4, DigiMesh®, Zigbee and other mesh networks
  • Wi-Fi, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Custom ISM band RF (custom protocol)
    • 433 MHz/900 MHz/2.4 GHz/5.8 GHz
  • Bluetooth (classic and BLE)
  • Satellite (Orbcomm, Iridium)
  • Radio-frequency Identification (RFID)
  • Infrared Data Association (IrDA)

Antenna Design

Digi’s world-class engineers help you select or design an antenna to optimize functionality and cost savings.

Antenna design is part art and part science, and requires knowledge of multiple factors. For example, a board layout can inadvertently result in RF interference and the wrong components behaving like antennas.

The antenna is the most common point of failure in a wireless design. When designed correctly, the antenna creates a high-performance wireless product that is certification ready. Our engineering team will assist in selecting or designing an antenna to optimize your design for technical functionality and cost savings.

Our suite of antenna support services includes:

  • Custom antenna design
  • Off-the-shelf antenna selection
  • Antenna designs for specific technologies
    • Cellular (5G/4G/3G/2G)
    • GNSS
    • 802.15.4
    • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
    • Custom ISM (433 MHz/900 MHz/2.4 GHz/5.8 GHz)
    • Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
    • Satellite
    • RFID
    • IrDA

Expertise with many antenna types:

  • Dipole
  • Loop
  • Three-dimensional
  • Monopole
  • PCB microstrip trace
  • PIFA
  • Helical
  • Patch
  • Slot
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WDS-ANT101 Antenna Consultation
Antenna design review/consultation involves analyzing the product and making recommendations for the antenna solution(s).
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RF and Electrical Circuit Design

Digi WDS specializes in optimizing PCB designs for wireless applications.

Virtually every electronic product is constructed with one or more printed circuit boards (PCBs). PCBs are vital to product design and have broad implications on component selection, industrial design and antenna design. Digi WDS specializes in optimizing PCB designs for wireless applications, and using our extensive analogue, digital, and RF design experience you can be assured that performance is designed into your PCB from the start.

RF and wireless design

  • Cellular product development with all carriers
  • Telit Authorized Competence Center
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth (classic, BLE, BT Smart)
  • GNSS (GPS, GLONASS, A-GPS)
  • 802.15.4, Zigbee, DigiMesh® and other mesh networks
  • Custom ISM Band (433 MHz/900 MHz/2.4 GHz/5.8 GHz)
  • RFID, NFC
  • Antenna design

Digital circuit design

  • Low-power and high-performance embedded microcontroller design
  • High-speed Linux processor design
  • NXP Authorized i.MX Development Partner
  • Communication interfaces: USB, Ethernet, HDMI, SDIO, DDR memory, CAN, OBD-II, RS-232, RS-485
  • High-speed circuit design for signal integrity and minimum radiated emissions

Analog circuit design

  • Low-noise, low current analog circuit design
  • Audio circuit design
  • Battery charging
  • Filters, amplifiers, signal conditioning
  • Motor control circuits

Design for EMC

  • Low-noise switching power supply design
  • Design for conducted and radiated emissions and immunity compliance with FCC, IC, CISPR, CE, 60601-1-2
  • Filtering and PCB shielding
  • Cable design and routing for minimal noise conduction and radiation

PCB Layout

From highly complex, multi-layered boards to simple extension boards, let Digi WDS design your PCB.

Virtually every electronic product uses one or more printed-circuit boards (PCBs) that have broad implications on component selection, industrial design, and antenna design. Digi WDS optimizes PCB designs for wireless applications and leverages extensive analog, digital, and RF design experience to ensure that performance is designed into your PCB from the start.

Our PCB design services include:

  • Complete staff of RF/electrical engineers in house available for design guidance
  • Design complexity from simple interface boards to HDI (high-density interconnect) with via-in-pad and microvia technologies
  • High-speed digital designs (DDR memory, differential pairs, and bus routing)
  • RF microstrip, stripline, coplanar waveguide, and RF printed structures
  • Signal integrity, impedance control, and EMI integrity
  • Rigid, flexible, and rigid-flex technologies
  • Ultra-low-noise PCB designs for high-performance wireless applications
  • We can work with Altium, Mentor PADs, Allegro and Orcad:
    Altium, Mentor PADs, Allegro and Orcad
  • Digi WDS is an Altium Certified Service Bureau Partner – www.altium.com
    Altium

Digi Product Integration

With a robust catalog of components and system-on-modules, Digi has the technology foundation for your innovation.

Digi WDS engineers can customize Digi hardware components and software products. Our expert engineers and project managers and and our in-house manufacturing test capabilities help you create unique wireless-ready solutions.

Here are a few of the Digi products we can customize:

Design Review

Our expert technical analysis validates your designs at any lifecycle stage and prepares you for regulatory and performance testing.

A product that has been designed for good functional performance may still fail wireless certification. Even passing regulatory spurious emissions testing is not always a precursor to passing cellular receiver sensitivity testing. Our experience enables us to easily spot the many things that can cause EMI radiation and inadequate wireless performance, prior to costly prototype fabrication and certification testing.

Our detailed analysis of your schematic, PCB layout, BOM, and mechanical design files will cover the following, documented in an engineering report:

  • PCB layer stack up – grounding, power distribution, reference planes
  • PCB routing – clocks, oscillators, transmission lines, high speed traces
  • Signal integrity, controlled impedances, conducted and radiated emissions and immunity (FCC, IC, CISPR, CE, 60601-1-2)
  • Antenna selection and integration into mechanical assembly – isolation between antennas, proximity to system components, susceptibility to self-quieting
  • Radio implementation, including interaction between multiple radios
  • Shielding, noise filtering, decoupling
  • Implementation of processors, power supplies, memory, connectors
  • Cables and connectors for peripherals such as displays, power supplies, daughter cards, batteries
  • Thermal management, safety, protection circuitry

Mechanical Design

Mechanical design greatly affects the performance of radios. Digi WDS can optimize wireless performance.

Throughout the process, engineers at Digi WDS lend confidence and credibility to the mechanical design process, including background research, proof-of-concept prototyping and testing, and reverse engineering. Our mechanical design services allow customers to transform their conceptual sketches to manufacturing-ready CAD models, including materials selection and design documentation. Having delivered mechanical design solutions for diverse and highly regulated industries, Digi WDS has a proven track record of successfully integrating complex design projects within tight timeframes.

Capabilities:

  • Mechanical design using SOLIDWORKS and Creo (Pro/ENGINEER)
  • Industrial design
  • Thermal modeling
  • PCB Component Height Analysis
  • Mechanical tooling design
  • 3D printing for rapid prototypes
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