The ever increasing human dependency on equipments for monitoring, controlling and even for decision making gives a critical call for the need of reliable electronics and fail safe system use in the Medical, Aerospace, Industrial and other segments. To address the stringent quality requirements and standards that are madatory in the products designed for critical applications we have partnered with an innovative high-tech company from Zurich, Switzerland to offer world class engineering design services. The company founded in 2002 is a spin-off of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. While the initial focus of the spin-off was on the development of miniaturized electronic devices for biomedical applications, the company soon expanded to engineering services in the areas of integrated circuit design and electronic systems and software. With our alliance, we are bringing Swiss engineering skills to the embedded ecosystem to offer state-of-the-art design services in the below areas.
- Integrated circuit design, with a focus on analog and mixed signal CMOS circuits,
- Embedded Electronic systems, including hardware and firmware development,
- Software engineering with a focus on embedded solutions.
IC Design Services
New opportunities are constantly emerging which can benefit from the application of IC technology. Simultaneously, we expect devices to become faster, smaller and less expensive, with ever increasing capabilities. While ASICs remain mostly invisible, they nevertheless contribute to fresh ideas, improve and facilitate products and help make them affordable. Miniaturization is quickly becoming the key to cost, power and size optimization; miniaturization is the subtle but decisive competitive advantage of our customers.We understand that every ASIC is unique so we provide customer and application specific consulting. Costs and benefits of ASIC based or alternative solutions can be compared directly as a basis for technology decisions. Our partner company is one of only a few specialized companies with expertise in the design of analog, digital and mixed-signal ICs. The design center supports customers through the whole process, from ideas and concepts to series production. Services include solutions tailored to the customer's specific needs as well as turnkey system development from design through production. In addition to full-service ASIC design solutions, we also provide design support for mixed-signal IC projects.
Our analog and mixed-signal IC design engineers will work with you to define the specifications of your applications specific integrated circuit (ASIC), and develop the circuits according to these specifications. As a fabless design house, we are free to select the optimal process technology and vendor according to your specific requirements.
If you just require support for the design of specific blocks for your ASIC or SoC, we can develop specific analog or mixed-signal functions as specific IP blocks, enabling the success of your chip design.
Even if you have your own in-house design teams, sometimes, specific additonal know-how or additional resources are required. Miromico provides on-site and off-site contract engineering for blocks or subsystems on a project-by-project basis. Use our experienced analog/mixed-signal engineers to supplement or augment your team and succesfully meet your project deadlines.
The core competencies of our IC design team are in the development of individual analog and mixed-signal CMOS circuits.
Analog and mixed-signal blocks as schematics and/or layout:
- Reference generation
- Input stages
- Clocking (oscillator, PLL)
- DC/DC conversion
Digital functions as RTL code, netlist and/or layout:
- Datapath blocks (filtering, processing)
- Control blocks (FSM, µC)
- CDR (clock/data recovery)
- Video processing
Embedded Systems Design
Our partner draws upon vast experience in the design of embedded systems, specifically within the medical field. System design and implementation: We coordinate the full development, from the product idea through specifications and realization up to the finished product, organize and follow the technical verification and production. The greater the challenge, the better! Electronics Consulting
We will support you efficiently for the implementation of your ideas. While you are concentrating on the project, our focus is on your electronics. As background for your decisions, we can provide feasibility studies and specifications.
According to the latest technology, our engineers develop your electronic systems based on your individual needs. We also offer the opportunity to develop systems based on our Hammerhead platform, reducing development time and costs.
We through our partner offers our huge expertise in developing firmware for a variety of systems. Our firmware design experience covers the range from energy efficient 8-bit controller applications up to complex high-speed systems.
Wireless / LoRa-WAN & IoT
Our partner has many years of experience in the field of RF technology. We are ready to develop your next wireless prducts.
Our services include:
- Design and development of RF circuits and systems
- Implementation of proprietary protocols (optimised for current consumption, RF range, latency)
- Integration of standardized protocols, such as Bluetooth, Bluetooth Smart, WiFi, ZigBee, LoRa-WAN
- Development of equipment for all ISM bands (433MHz, 868MHz, 2.4GHz, 5GHz) and multi-band applications
- World wide certification of RF systems
- LoRa applications to achieve range beyond 100km (LoRa-WAN and proprietary systems)
- Production test of RF systemen (particularly test and characterization of LoRa systems)
Whether Bluetooth, Bluetooth Smart, LoRa-WAN, RF communication, IrDA, Ethernet or radio transmission, there are numerous communication possibilities. Your product will receive the specific interface best suited for your needs.
From high-speed DSP to the smallest micro-controller, we find the right solution for your product.
Sensors and Actuators
We integrate all necessary sensors and actuators of your system for full interaction with the environment. Your specifications are achieved cost-effectively and reliably. New technologies are gladly implemented.
Our IC-design background enables us to optimally utilize programmable logic, be it for increased performance, greater flexibility or as a transition toward your own ASIC.
|LoRa Remote Control||Golfball with BLE Transmitter||Blood Sampler twilite two|
|In cooperation with TBS Avionics a new standard for remote control has been established! The TBS CROSSFIRE is a long range R/C link based on the newest RF technology, capable of self-healing two-way communications and range beyond comprehension. With a sensitivity of -130dB, full RF-side diveristy rather than just antenna-diversity.
||For the customer from Germany our partner developed a new retrievable golf ball. A custom miniaturized Bluetooth Smart (BLE) module with a single battery was embedded into the core of a golf ball. The golfer can use the app on any smart phone to track and loacte a stray golf ball. This will significantly speed up the game and keep the focus on the next swing. By the end of the day, it will also save a few balls.
||The twilite two online blood sampling system has been developed for swisstrace. The new FPGA based measurement system and the ergonomically designed user interface brings major performance improvements to the user. The simple design of the housing nicely blends in with the touch screen user interface.
|Picture in Picture HD Video System with On Screen Display||Wireless access system||Marlin: FPGA platform for HD-Video-Processing|
|Our partner has developed a customer specific video system for a company that develops and distributes systems in the field of territory surveillance. The final product contains a panoramic camera and a zoom camera. The frames of the zoom camera are treated with extremely low latency and displayed as selective placeable picture in picture video streams. Multiple user inputs via keyboard and external control unit (CAN) are processed with an embedded Linux application (ARM Cortex-A8) and passed forward to an Altera Cyclone III FPGA board. Text input, date, time, and a zoom frame which indicates the area captured by the zoom camera in the panoramic view, are implemented as On Screen Display.
||For a Swiss SME specializing in mechanics, our partner has developed the electronics for a new product platform. The close collaboration between our customer and our partner results in a new successful product with precision mechanics and high tech electronics.
||Our partner has developed the Cyclone V FPGA platform Marlin that provides a development environment for HD-Video-Processing.
|Device controlling software development for a medical application||Radio modem for wireless transmission of measurement data||Control Unit for Access Control System|
|In close collaboration with the customer, Miromico has been developing software for a medical PCR-Measurement device for the past few years. The most challenging tasks in this project were the complexity of paralleling user inputs, acquirement of measurements, remote access, data backup as well as detection of peripherals.
||Our partner has developed an application specific radio protocol which allows an optimal compromise between data throughput and latency in the 868 MHz SRD band. The usage of Frequency-Hopping (switching among many data channels) allows compliance with the ETSI-Standard with high data throughput. The protocol has been implemented as firmware update for given radio modules. A link to a proprietary protocol based on EIA-485 was elaborated in close collaboration with the customer to guarantee proper communication with actual and previous devices.
||This controller unit was developed for a biometrics based access control system. In close collaboration with the customer we found a sustainable compromise between functionality and production cost. The new controller had to maintain compatibility to existing system components. Due to new interface concepts, future extensions can easily be connected to the controller. Heavy constraints on EMC, EMI and security were imposed on this project. By integrating a third-party controller module we developed all on board peripherals for maximum EMI tolerance, maximum security and EMC. The Ethernet interface is Power over Ethernet enabled and allows power and data transmission over a single network cable.
|Transfer of Coagulation Rates via Normal Telephone Lines||User terminal for fully automated bike park station|
|This supplementary device transmits information from equipment measuring blood coagulation. Through the help of our device, patients whose blood levels must be monitored are able to send their recorded levels to a medical call center. Surveillance of the incoming patient data proceeds automatically and allows intervention by a health professional when necessary.
||For a fully automated bike park station of the company Bike-Loft GmbH, our partner has developped a user terminal based on an embedded Linux platform. The Qt-Framework as well as the scripting language Python facillitate rapid development and customization. The device is equipped with an RFID card reader which communicates over Ethernet. A callback service via microphone/speaker is implemented using VOIP standard SIP.