Reuse of embedded building blocks is a key strategy in Hectronic development. In this brief example from a customer project the strategy resulted in a faster delivery of a custom computer board prototype.
A well-tried existing COM module on an enlarged board surrounded by additional components and functionality met the customer's requirements for increased performance in a prototype delivered in a couple of weeks.
- Usually an embedded hardware takes months to design, says Mats Arnlund, Hardware Architect at Hectronic AB.
The customer, a large Swedish industrial company needed to replace an existing hardware to increase performance and add functionality. The form factor had to remain unchanged to minimize mechanical adjustments.
The COM module was already in use by other customers and it had been tested and approved for its performance by the customer but the physical dimensions were to small and the on-board functionality didn't meet the needs.
- We enlarged the board and used that extra space for the additional components and functionality that the customer needed, says Mats Arnlund.