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Custom embedded systems empower innovation

April 25, 2024

Custom embedded systems have emerged as indispensable enabling technology across many industries. As experts in designing and manufacturing custom carrier boards and cutting-edge systems, we’ve turned our hand to create solutions for a range of requirements and applications. From computer vision applications to machine control, communications, networking, and other I/O functions, our custom embedded systems are at the forefront of innovation.

Why do you need an embedded system?

Embedded systems are one of the greatest tools behind the seamless integration of technology into our daily lives. Whether in industrial automation processes, intelligent transport systems, healthcare or entertainment, embedded systems play a pivotal role. These systems offer real-time processing, low power consumption and high reliability, making them ideal for a wide range of applications. Key features include:

  • Performance and efficiency: Custom embedded systems are designed to meet specific performance requirements, ensuring optimal functionality with minimal energy consumption. It’s possible to include the precise processing power, imaging capability or control functionality that’s required for the job in hand, without having to slow down the system with unnecessary hardware and software.
  • Real-time processing: The ability to process data in real-time enables instantaneous decision-making, crucial in machine vision and machine control applications. By removing all but the required tasks, a customized embedded system can streamline its processing pathways for optimum speed.
  • Reliability and stability: Embedded systems are built to be robust and highly reliable, making them ideal for critical applications where downtime is not an option. This might be on the factory floor where ceasing operations costs money, or it might be in an essential healthcare application.
  • Customization: Tailored to meet the unique needs of each application, not only in functionality, but also in size and form of the end product. Additionally, security of procurement of components is ensured to retain the same form, fit and function for many years. Custom embedded systems provide a level of flexibility unmatched by off-the-shelf solutions.

Embedded systems enhance medical applications

In the field of healthcare, custom embedded systems have revolutionized medical applications. From advanced imaging devices to wearable health monitors, these systems empower medical professionals with real-time data analysis, precise diagnostics and efficient patient monitoring. The integration of these systems has significantly contributed to advancements in medical imaging, telemedicine, robotics-assisted surgery and the overall improvement of patient care.

As an example, our USB3 Vision Processing Unit has been custom designed for a specific medical application in the field of computer vision assisted surgery. The unit has four inputs for USB3 Vision cameras and four 3G-SDI outputs arranged as two channels of 3G-SDI video, each with a duplicate output.  The unit meets various medical and quality standards and is designed for long term use in an environment where high reliability and ease of use are paramount.

USB3 Vision Processing Unit

Custom embedded computing for transport applications

In the transport sector, custom embedded systems are driving innovation in autonomous vehicles, intelligent traffic management, efficient logistics and more. These systems ensure reliable communication, precise navigation and advanced driver assistance features, contributing to safer and more efficient transportation systems.

We recently partnered with our sister company, Steatite, to design the ST01 Custom Carrier Board to operate at the heart of an in-cab rail system. The board receives IP video sent wirelessly from the platform edge, converts it to FPD-Link III and transmits it to two LCD displays within the driver’s cab to allow real-time surveillance of the platform edge, even on curved platforms. The custom carrier board’s robust design ensures that the desired functionality operates flawlessly in demanding environmental conditions and can withstand the intense vibrations that occur in rail applications.

Embedded system ST01

Supporting defense operations with embedded systems

Custom embedded systems play a vital role in defense applications, providing the backbone for mission-critical operations. From UAVs to advanced surveillance systems, our solutions are tailored to meet the stringent requirements of defense applications. Enhanced security, real-time data processing, and rugged designs make our embedded systems the perfect choice for defense and national security projects.

We designed our CM04 Multi-channel Surveillance System for video surveillance in outdoor urban areas. The unit is designed to operate with seven situational awareness cameras that provide a 360 degree field of view, plus a single high zoom PTZ camera to focus in and record events automatically under the control of video analytics software running on the unit.

Embedded system CM04

Rely on experts for customization

We are the perfect partner for customizing embedded vision systems due to our unparalleled experience and skills. Our team of experts possesses in-depth knowledge of diverse industries, allowing us to understand the unique challenges and requirements of each application. With a proven track record of delivering successful products and custom carrier boards, we bring a combination of technical expertise, innovative thinking and a commitment to delivering tailor-made solutions that exceed expectations.

We also have access to the wider expertise of the Solid State group, leveraging engineering skills in niche sectors and merging design, project management, testing and prototyping capabilities across a range of disciplines.

As industries continue to evolve and demand sophisticated technological solutions, custom embedded systems emerge as the driving force behind innovation. From medical and defense applications to transportation and beyond, our expertise in designing and manufacturing these systems positions us as the ideal partner for organizations seeking to stay ahead in the rapidly advancing world of embedded technology. Contact us to discuss your requirements and harness the power of customization with our custom embedded systems.