of Digital Design
Introduction and Importance
Digital signals form the core language driving our daily devices, from smartphones to computers. Therefore, designing digital circuits for digital signal processing is important in the overall performance, reliability, and efficiency of electronic systems.
Our digital engineering consultants and embedded software consultants play a crucial role in ensuring the successful development, integration, and performance of high-speed digital circuits and systems – where reliability, real-time performance, and resource efficiency are critical considerations.
Challenges of High-Speed Digital Design
- Signal Integrity: Higher data rates amplify the risk of signal distortion, reflection, and crosstalk.
- EMI/EMC Considerations: These systems generate electromagnetic interference (EMI) and must comply with electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) standards.
- Power Integrity: Rapid switching of signals can lead to power fluctuations and noise.
- Timing and Synchronization: Variations in propagation delay can result in timing misalignment.
- Manufacturing Variability: Varying components affect high-speed digital systems’ performance.
Other Factors to Consider in High-Speed Digital Design
- Grounding: A well-designed ground plane helps control electromagnetic interference (EMI) and ensures a low-impedance return path for signals.
- Thermal Management: Heat affects performance and reliability.
- Simulation and Modeling: Use simulation to analyze and validate the behavior of circuits under various conditions, helping identify and address potential issues before physical prototyping.
Applications and Use Cases
Designs for Modern Electronics
Our digital design engineering and embedded software consultant services are valuable for various applications such as:
- High-performance computing
- Networking and telecommunications
- Data storage and retrieval
- Consumer electronics
- Aerospace and defense systems
- Embedded software systems
High-speed digital designs have use cases in several emerging technologies like 5G, high-speed interconnects, quantum computing, and more.
Our electrical engineering services expertise derives from working on several projects, such as fixing the Polycom soundstation’s audio issues, the second-generation design of the One Touch Systems digital audio board, and many more.
Machined aluminum drive plate designed in SolidWorks
This drive plate was designed to specific tolerances as a critical component in a system demanding optimum performance levels.
One Touch Systems digital audio board
Design incorporating digital audio and an RF converter that converts base-band video to NTSC channels 3 and 4. Functions also on this board are Analog telephone interface (FCC Part 68); RS485 serial communications; Display and front panel I/O; ISA bus interface.
High-end audio-conferencing equipment with audio quality achieved by grounding and power distribution techniques, as well as acoustic separation of the microphones and speaker – designed using a full-room anechoic chamber.
Acutus AcQMap System
Designed to provide a clear image of a heart’s electrical activity in real time, displayed as an electrical charge density map on three-dimensional surface anatomy reconstructed from ultrasound imaging.Designed to provide a clear image of a heart’s electrical activity in real time, displayed as an electrical charge density map on three-dimensional surface anatomy reconstructed from ultrasound imaging.
Phoenix ICON Ophthalmic Camera
Designed with low-power LED and CMOS sensor to provide highly-detailed ophthalmic imaging with low-light – improving patient comfort and care.