How We Work : Your Product Development
Meeting All of Your Embedded Design & Development Needs
Find out how ByteSnap can help with your product development
At ByteSnap, we love to work with market-leading companies developing next-generation technology.
Whatever the scope of the project, whether it’s –
Developing low-power, small footprint PCB’s
– we pride ourselves on delivering embedded design excellence every time.
Technical agility, customer satisfaction, responsiveness, communication and trust are ByteSnap’s service hallmarks.
80% of our work is repeat business.
So, what can you expect as a ByteSnap client? Here’s a walkthrough of the typical ByteSnap customer experience:
INITIAL ENGAGEMENT FOR YOUR PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Upon initial enquiry and exchange of NDAs, there are usually a few calls/meetings to firmly establish requirements for your product development.
The next stage is where we draw up a proposal – a fixed-price quote, a time-and-materials quote or a mixture of the two – to achieve the scope of work that we’ve defined with you.
It’s essential to define the acceptance criteria of the development, so that the project end is confirmed and everyone is absolutely clear on what the objectives are.
Sometimes, proposals require amendments as there are so many different options in terms of what can be supplied.
Once the proposal is accepted, your development begins with a kick-off meeting.
PROJECT PHASES FOR YOUR PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
At ByteSnap, we engage in both software and hardware projects – and quite often the two are combined.
For a hardware product design project, you start with a technical specification phase – where you really get into the technical design of the project.
The next step is the schematic design – drawing the circuit diagrams on a CAD tool. Then it’s the PCB (printed circuit board) design – where the schematic design is used to create a printed circuit board.
Once the PCBs are done, it’s onto prototyping. Who makes them varies from project to project; sometimes our contract electronic manufacturers make them, sometimes the client chooses to; it’s entirely your decision. Then, the prototypes need to be tested (the development usually intersects with the software timeline at this point).
Testing may result in changes being made to the hardware and, consequently, another spin of prototypes, followed by further testing and development.
Depending on your device/system and the intricacies of the design, there may be further iterations before you get to production. Alternatively, or you could be good to go for production straight from your Rev-B.
This will largely depend on the complexity of your design and what’s happening in your other two timelines – software and mechanical design.
Some of the software may be available from start of the project – or it may be accessible before your target hardware is available – by utilising development boards.
We typically use development boards to accelerate progress; a software engineer gets working on the development board doing what he can whilst your hardware is being created.
Once your hardware is ready, the software work can really get going. The engineer does as much as possible with the rev-A (which might actually be everything!) and continues spinning that right through until your development is complete.
The application software development process – for phone or tablet applications – differs slightly. Generally, we ask you to do a storyboard, effectively, of your application so that we understand how the flow works. Then, you produce graphics for the application (you may choose to bring in a graphic designer for this).
Once the proposal for the application software development is drawn up and agreed, we work with your aesthetic designer and yourself to pull the app together.
Mechanical Design Timeline
We collaborate closely with industrial and mechanical designers, at various points across the project timeline.
For instance, some mechanical design is required prior to the printed circuit board layout phase.
Also, once we get Rev-A prototypes, those typically get put into a prototype box too.
And, quite often, there are issues that need sorting out with the mechanics – mounting holes or the size of screws, for example.
The mechanical iteration also feeds back into the printed circuit board process. At the end of the project, you reach the point where the electronics and mechanics are stable, and the software is ready for release.
This moves the project into…
The Support Phase
As well as offering warranty on the design, if you require longer-term support for dealing with specification changes, security patches, future project upgrades etc., we can provide this.
Your product development is punctuated throughout with regular progress calls with lead project engineers at ByteSnap ensuring you’re fully updated.
There you have it – a walkthrough of a typical electronic product design project here at ByteSnap.
“Full Confidence in These Guys – ByteSnap Find the Best Solution”
“Professional, friendly, helpful. It was a very good experience, working with ByteSnap – a refreshingly good experience to be honest! All very above board; no question marks over what was included and what wasn’t included in the work – it was always very clear.
I’m very confident in ByteSnap’s technical capability; in our experience, ByteSnap always try and understand what we actually are trying to achieve, rather than just doing a shopping list of jobs.
As developers, it’s clear that ByteSnap have your best interests at heart as a customer and always strive to find the best solution for you.
I have full confidence in these guys. I would say definitely use ByteSnap.”
Will Turner, Electronics Innovation Engineer, GCE Healthcare
“Some of the Most Creative Engineers I’ve Ever Worked With”
“I looked online for global specialists on the i.MX6 platform, and companies that were of a medium size, had high levels of experience working with startups, and were creative thinkers – not just technicians.
ByteSnap has some of the most creative engineers I’ve ever worked with – on any engineering disciplines.
Without their key creative choices, we could never have built a product to such high standards.
Together with ByteSnap, Glorious Labs has built a better copy of its product, which meets all product requirements.”
Josh Thomas, Co-Founder & CTO of Glorious Labs
“ByteSnap Definitely the Right Choice”
“We’ve had a great experience working with ByteSnap. From our initial meeting with them we were impressed with their knowledge and professionalism, and their input helped shape our final solution.
Throughout the whole project, ByteSnap were attentive and flexible to our needs, even when this involved potentially deviating from initial requirements.
The development and testing stage was very smooth, and we really were impressed with how efficiently ByteSnap developed changes and fixed issues during testing. ByteSnap were definitely the right choice for us for this project, and we look forward to working with them again in the near future.”
Gurpreet Bolla – Business Systems Analyst, Hyundai Motor UK Ltd
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT VERTICAL EXPERIENCE
Our clients come from a variety of sectors and industries, giving our electronic product development teams rich, cross-vertical experience in markets and applications including:
- Mobile App Development
- Home Automation
- Smart Heating
- Energy, Oil & Gas
- e-Mobility/Electric Vehicle Charging
- Consumer Electronics
- Low Power Wireless
- High Speed Digital
Typical product development hurdles include:
“We don’t have enough resource…”
“We’ve got the skills, we could do it ourselves, but we’re too busy. And we’ve got a core team working on core products, this is a non-core product. We just need to outsource this to someone.”
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“We need you to do this chunk of the technical work…”
“We don’t have the technical skills to do this part of the project. We can do A and B, but we need you to plug a gap and C, D and E.”
ByteSnap Solutions Include
“I have this great idea but don’t know how to make it happen…”
“I’ve got a sort of goal that’s on the vague side and I need help in working out how to achieve it. What are the technical steps I need to take to realise my vision?”
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We can slot in at any stage of the product development process. Whether you need –
or software development only
– ByteSnap’s award-winning, closely-integrated team of specialists can help.
If you prefer, we can execute the whole development from start to finish.
The choice is yours.
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