Ionocom - Electronic Design

By: Ionocom  09-12-2011

We offer experience and expertise ranging from wireless and analog circuit design through digital logic to embedded processors.

Wireless and Analog

In addition to wireless we also focus on analog design areas such as audio, battery and power management, sensors and instrumentation. Low-power design is a specialty. If your product needs to operate for years from a coin cell, we have the know-how to design a solution.


We have solid digital logic design experience from tiny, low-power, discrete gate designs through to complex programmable-logic devices from suppliers such as Altera and Xilinx.


We have experience with 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers from supplies such as Microchip (PIC), Texas Instruments (MSP430 and ARM Cortex-M3), Rabbit (2000 and 3000) and Atmel (AVR), and industry-standard parts such as the 8051.

We also have experience with 32-bit microprocessors and DSPs from suppliers such as Texas Instruments, Renesas and Freescale.


We have experience designing high-volume, low-cost consumer products. Production quantities have exceeded one hundred thousand units for several products we have designed. Conversely, many of the projects we tackle are lower-volume, high-value products for professional and industrial applications.

We can design to meet your cost targets and manufacturing process constraints. We are familiar with DFM (design for manufacture) and DFT (design for test) processes. We can design to meet regulatory requirements and have experience dealing with UL, CSA, FCC, CE and US DOD standards.

Other products and services from Ionocom


Ionocom - Capabilities

We have a workshop area equipped with a small vertical mill and various other tools that allow us to fabricate small mechanical piece parts and to machine enclosures for prototypes. Ionocom is well-equipped to conduct most design and development work with a comprehensive set of digital, base-band and RF test equipment. We have facilities to produce prototype units, including leaded and surface mount assembly equipment.


Ionocom - PCB Design

Our experience ranges from single-sided boards designed for absolute minimum cost to high-performance multi-layer boards with power and ground planes designed for RF. Analog circuits where careful attention to routing and grounding is required to reduce noise and interference. We use OrCAD for maintenance of existing designs and for projects where clients prefer these tools.


Ionocom - Wireless Design

A particular focus for Ionocom is design of wireless products, using our broad experience over a wide range of technologies and frequency bands, with emphasis on short-range communications. 2.4GHz ZigBee We have designed ZigBee radios into products to provide wireless data transfer, using modular solutions and also discrete component designs based on chips from Ember Corp.


Ionocom - Other Design

Ionocom offers mechanical design of simple piece-parts associated with PCBs such as brackets and heat-sinks, custom displays, moulded keypads and other electro-mechanical items and front panels. We have designed systems ranging from simple, self-contained "go/no-go" test boxes through to computer-automated systems including GPIB-controlled test equipment and custom test jigs.


Ionocom - Software Development

Firmware is embedded software that is a permanent part of the product, typically stored in Flash memory and usually performing low-level functions that directly control the hardware. We have experience with 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers from suppliers such as Microchip, Texas Instruments, Rabbit and Atmel, and industry-standard parts such as the 8051.