The design and development of electronic products is a core activity of mSemicon. Once our client’s requirements are clear, in the form of a Product Specification, we set about designing the electronic circuits that will make the product come alive. This involves harnessing internal intellectual property already at hand in the form of design modules that can be reused (both hardware and software), researching the latest innovations in electronic components, performing component tests, simulating new circuits, procurement, designing custom circuit boards, and the assembly of prototypes. If the product involves a mechanical element, that work also follows a parallel path.
Extensive testing on the prototypes then follows, based on the product requirements and applicable regulations, potentially followed by revisions to the design, and further prototypes, depending on the complexity of the product.
Field testing can also play an important role in the development process. This is especially the case for pioneering products the likes of which are not already on the market. It is also usual for products that expect to be sold in large volume.
Most of mSemicon’s products employ electronic devices such as a microcontroller, DSP or FPGA, all of which require the development of software, or “firmware” in the jargon, in order to operate. mSemicon develops this software in-house.
DFM (Design for Manufacture) is a key element in the design process. During product development and testing, conformance to DFM standards is assessed through the early involvement of manufacturing engineers.
In accordance with industry control procedures, progress and changes are documented in order to allow improvements, test results, etc., to be recorded formally.