Electronics Product Development: 3 Tips for Detecting Touch Controller Failures

2018-10-09T10:41:19+00:00

In electronics product development, touchscreens can be difficult to stress test; and whilst there are several sophisticated systems available for touchscreen stress testing, there are other ways to get the job done – like a low-tech approach… For example, take a look at this rig built from a child’s toy.  Our engineer built it as part of the debug process to try to fix a failed touchscreen unit. Thanks to our brightly-coloured debugger, we discovered that the touchscreen controller chip itself was unreliable.  The rig kept tapping the screen over and over and over again.   However, what the debug process uncovered was that it took slightly more than a mere tap-tap-tap motion to uncover the bug.  So: Tap-tap-tap motion = unit functioning normally. Tap-slide-and-up motion (closer to an actual [...]

Electronics Product Development: 3 Tips for Detecting Touch Controller Failures2018-10-09T10:41:19+00:00

BSP Porting: Your 5 Key Steps to Development Success

2018-10-09T10:55:45+00:00

Take BSP Porting from Stress to Success When selecting the hardware which will make up the core of your next product, there are many choices. Once this has been decided, BSP porting must be completed to ensure the software elements fit the new hardware. Among the key decisions you need to make are which CPU to go for and which operating system to use on it. The market has moved from silicon vendors selling just components; the start-up software they offer is now just as important as the hardware. BSP Porting: Which CPU?? At first glance, the array of embedded CPU options from silicon vendors, module providers and single board computers may appear daunting. “There are so many out there - which one’s the right one?” is a query [...]

BSP Porting: Your 5 Key Steps to Development Success2018-10-09T10:55:45+00:00

Saving time and money on testing embedded hardware

2016-05-09T05:55:14+00:00

Putting design and production tests in their place Recent high-profile product recalls and failures have shown that even the most experienced and well-funded company can suffer from the limitations of product testing when testing embedded hardware. A product goes through two fundamental types of test. The first is of the design itself and the second is production testing of a product. These two categories have different aims and this article sets out to explore the differences. Increasing pressure on timescales and the relentless pace of new technology introductions can pressurise companies to reduce design testing to a minimum. Conversely, production testing can be over-engineered to no great effect, resulting in increased production costs and a false sense of security, with testing of a design carried out in production, rather [...]

Saving time and money on testing embedded hardware2016-05-09T05:55:14+00:00