Our system level design services include conceptualizing the organization, structure, and behavior of the overall system. During this phase of development, ProDigiSys performs the following steps to ensure the success of your project:
1. Digital System Requirements Discovery & Architecture Design
Employing a strong system architecture benefits the overall project by:
- Providing cost-effective resource utilization
- Streamlining the development schedule
- Offering robust functionality
- Reducing system complexity
During this initial phase of the design process, we map out the key requirements for bringing your system from concept to reality. If you already have an existing system, we conduct an in-depth functionality analysis to determine critical areas to be reconstructed.
2. Prototype Design Verification
During this phase, ProDigiSys uses prototype verification methodologies to identify any potential risks of the design. We will perform debugging on the prototype until the design is seamless, to deliver the most optimal possible design.
3. Backplane and Interconnectivity
The following are just a sampling of PDS’ interconnectivity experience.
- I2C, SPI
- RS-232, RS-485 , USB, Ethernet 10/100/1G
- NRZ, NRZI, Manchester, FM
- PCI, CompactPCI, PCIe 1.0 / 2.0, VPX
- HD-SDI, ASI DVB-T, TCP/IP, DNS, USB
SerDes – 8b/10b, 64b/66b
- HotLink II – Cypress
4. Signal Integrity Analysis
We evaluate the design of your system, whether new or existing, to guarantee that the following issues do not occur:
- Impedance mis-match (reflections, overshooting, undershooting, and ringing)
- Threshold errors
- Delay errors
PDS has guided numerous digital system designs, providing design support and signal integrity simulation services using HyperLynx, a suite of software tools by Mentor Graphics that eliminates these potential problems early in the design cycle.
5. Power Integrity Analysis
With principal VCCs around 1 Volt and current demands in Amps IR drop can be significant if power plane splits and pours aren’t carefully constructed. If your design requires multiple voltage supplies, increased density, and a budget that only supports first-time success, you’ll be wise to engage ProDigiSys to review your PCB’s Power Integrity.
6. System Integration
From design to integration, we help bring everything together to ensure:
- Minimal cost – eliminating unnecessary components and crafting a precise design
- High performance – incorporating top-quality elements and utilizing custom hardware acceleration
- Robust functionality – customizing your product every step of the way to guarantee that it runs as smoothly as possible without foregoing critical design elements
7. Bring-Up Support
ProDigiSys also monitors newly-designed systems to evaluate if a revamp of the design is needed. We recommend a two-step process for initial FPGA bring-up: partial population and analysis that are conducted until the product is fully loaded and running.
We offer services in the development of new systems and the redesign of existing systems. We work closely with our clients to deliver high-quality, cost-effective solutions for system-level design.
Our Clients Say It Best…
Success! I added your changes to my working model to check and confirm each one. Only a couple of very small adjustments were needed to the simulation. The simulation even runs at the crazy 39.543 us time step they requested. Mark Saddlemire, R&D Engineer, TCR Static VAR Compensation (SVR) Implementation, ALSTOM GRID
ProDigiSys successfully completed the FPGA development for the GPS III program. PDS did an outstanding job: first by adapting their design to accommodate peculiarities in our Space Ground Link Subsystem (SGLS) interfaces and later by adding signal polarity controls to provide us adaptability without additional FPGA programming. It’s been a pleasure to work with ProDigiSys. David Flanagan, Alf Systems Engineering, Lockheed Martin Space Systems – GPS III program
Phil, the ProDigiSys consultant, worked seamlessly with our team. His design experience and expertise enabled DSPCon to deliver an advanced software-defined radio to our military client that exceeded expectations. In working with Phil, our team experienced several unexpected design firsts: the multi-gigabit backplane links worked the first time; the SFP optical links worked the first time; and the embedded system design worked the first time. We admire PDS’ passion for digital systems and their dedication to first-time success. We look forward to working with them on our next digital system design project. Bob Franz, Chief Engineer and Subject Matter Expert – Hardware, DSPCon, Inc.
My group has drawn on ProDigiSys’ vast skills in the area of digital design for almost 10 years. PDS’ dedication to thorough and robust design practices is the reason we continually call on them for key digital design roles. ProDigiSys has the fortitude and persistence to draw on all available resources and tools to ensure designs will work the first time. Michael R. Piacentino, Technical Director – Vision Technologies, SRI
PDS enabled our ASIC team to implement a VHDL model in a Xilinx FPGA for testing in our lab. This accelerated our testing schedule, and they found bugs that we missed in behavioral simulations. Mike Low, Senior Engineer, TLSI
This algorithm project went above and beyond my expectations. A huge learning tool for us that is already paying dividends for issues we are having with our current projects. The same design “flaws” are showing up in Matlab simulations as they were in our lab simulations! Thanks a LOT for your help. Mark Saddlemire, R&D Engineer, TCR Static VAR Compensation (SVR) Implementation, ALSTOM GRID
ProDigiSys did another outstanding job for a space craft simulator project by reverse engineering PIC micro-controller display code for the 70V Power Relay Fuse Assembly. They recovered and documented the original code and found and fixed several intermittent design and implementation problems. Again their work was thorough, technically excellent, cost effective and, importantly, on schedule. Their work made our ultimate delivery to our customer a success. I recommend them highly for future hardware–software interface projects. David Flanagan, Alf Systems Engineering, Lockheed Martin Space Systems – GPS III program
PDS was attentive to our needs and even when offsite, their engineer remotely logged onto our system and helped us debug some Verilog code. Senior RF/Hardware Engineer, MOOG