Design Tips for Electronic Design Services

Four Types of Prototypes and Which is Right for You?

During the product design and prototyping process there are different development stages which require different types of prototypes. The first question you should ask yourself is what type of prototype you need.  Is it for demonstrating the functionality of the product, a simple visualization, or for getting it ready for manufacture? In the early stages, company [...]

January 27th, 2019|Categories: Design Tips for Electronic Design Services, V2019|

Walt Maclay’s advice on electrical and firmware development

Walt Maclay, Voler Systems President, was one of three expert leaders for the Expert Session on Engineering Design & Development at the 2018 Silicon Valley Hardware Symposium on September 20, 2018, along with Mark Brinkerhoff of FusionDesign and Bob Martin at Microchip. The expert leaders shared personal tips with session participants during the two afternoon [...]

January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Design Tips for Electronic Design Services, V2019|

Electronic Nose

In much the same way as dogs with their keen sense of smell can be trained to detect odors, electronic devices can be built to perform this same task. "Electronic sensing" technology has applications in quality control, health care, crime and safety, and environmental monitoring. In health care, we are seeing new innovations in technology [...]

July 24th, 2018|Categories: Design Tips for Electronic Design Services, IoT, V2018|

Voler Whitepaper: Developing Product Requirements for Medical Devices

Learn how to write product requirements for medical devices that aid in a more rapid approval process. Our samples will show how to clearly and unambiguously articulate the product's functionality and behavior while providing solid V&V evidences for FDA approval. Download the product requirements for medical devices whitepaper Best Practices for Developing and Writing Requirements [...]

Designing Hardware is Hard

We often work with inexperienced teams at startup companies, and we try to advise them about not only the product design work that we do, but the manufacturing as well. The process of transferring designs to manufacturing is not simple, just like the process of designing a product is not simple. There are many things [...]

March 1st, 2017|Categories: Design Tips for Electronic Design Services, V2017|

Tips to successfully manage product development without a technical background

Managing product development is difficult. Especially when you don't have a technology background and you are doing it for the first time. We have worked with many such business owners to help them develop hardware and software products. Throughout the years we have also discovered there's a lot of inaccurate advice out there. This article [...]

December 15th, 2016|Categories: Design Tips for Electronic Design Services, Management, Project Management, V2016|

The Challenge of Mobile Phone and IoT Antennas Featured in Design News Sept 13, 2015

We are excited to be featured in Design News.  Our technical editor, Larry Burgess discusses choosing the right antenna for an IoT application. Read the full article at

September 24th, 2015|Categories: Design Tips for Electronic Design Services, IoT, News|

Design Checklist for Wearable Devices

Here is a great design checklist for wearable devices. When we do a design we check all of these things and more. Often we need to use our engineering judgment on the tradeoff between size, cost, testability, and manufacturability of the board. Power What size battery? What is the appropriate battery lifetime? How often do [...]

Common Errors Transferring Products to Test

by Dan Orlando & Walt Maclay 1. Recognizing the need for testing Many people don’t realize how important testing is to the product manufacturing process.  After manufacturing, each board should be tested to ensure only good products are shipped.  Despite excellent quality control at the best contract manufacturers, there can be errors in PCB fabrication, PCB assembly, flaws [...]

Why the Last 10% takes 90% of the Time

Any engineering manager will recognize the 90/10 rule of project management, where the first 90% is completed in 10% of the time, but the last 10% is the most agonizing and will take 90% of the time. Like an iceberg where typically only one-tenth of its volume is above water, a lot of what is going on [...]

April 11th, 2015|Categories: Design Tips for Electronic Design Services, Project Management, V2015|