LDD Technology provides PCB design and device programming
Electronic engineering and development service provider, LDD Technology, offers a range electronic design services to meet the needs of a range of customers from development houses to major international original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Two key elements of any new design are printed circuit board (PCB) design and device programming, asserts LDD Technology. As this expertise may not be required by OEMs on a regular basis, it is common to outsource these functions to an external development house.
LDD’s PCB layout service builds on the understanding of high speed digital electronic design and the appreciation of design-for-manufacture requirements is reflected in the quality of the PCB layouts. LDD has the depth of knowledge to produce robust and reliable layouts that ensure smooth manufacturing and reliable operation.
LDD primarily use Altium Designer layout software, a powerful tool with 3D capabilities which are increasingly useful both for design visualisation and mechanical integration. LDD can accept inputs and produce outputs in a wide range of formats to meet customer’s requirements.
The company can work autonomously or interactively with customers’ design staff, as required.
Most designs, even moderately complex ones, now feature programmable devices which can require specialist knowledge and design tools. Rather than employing a software designer and providing a suite of programming tools, which may not be cost- effective, LDD can provide extensive field programmable gate array (FPGA) and programmable logic design (PLD) expertise and in-depth knowledge of devices from major semiconductor manufacturers, including Altera and Xilinx.
LDD is experienced in the use of Quartus II, Vivado and ModelSim design tools and the development of designs using VHDL and are always happy to recommend tools and silicon to suit specific customer requirements. LDD is familiar with many older programming tools and well placed to provide support for customer’s ongoing legacy projects.
Many of the solutions developed by LDD involve the use of NIOS II embedded processors and/or IP cores. Recent designs delivered by LDD include, a multi-processor, Compact PCI board containing six Statix IV devices, a multiple FPGA board performing complex real time processing, memory card interfaces for SD card and CompactFlash and a Gigabit Ethernet Switch.
System designers are increasing their use of FPGAs and other complex processors to multiply the activities being carried out by individual devices. This can simplify and cost reduce manufacture and reduce the size of end products. The use of FPGAs is growing rapidly as costs reduce and power requirements decrease.
LDD has the flexibility to meet customer needs whether that’s providing custom designed cores, FPGA designs or complete integrated solutions including circuit design and board layout.