EMC Compliance Engineering Services
Hardware Engineering and Design Services With a Specialty Focus on EMC Compliance
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Last updated:
  4 August, 2008
 

 

This is the Professional Services Website of:
Michael E. Boyle

I offer contract hardware engineering and design services for digital, microprocessor, and microcontroller based products with a specialty focus on Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) compliance.

  • Digital circuitry
  • Programmable logic FPGA/CPLD
  • Embedded microprocessor/microcontroller
  • Power Supply Linear/SMPS
  • System architecture and partitioning
  • Schematic capture
  • Printed circuit board design and layout or interface with your design and layout staff
  • Thru-hole and SMT technologies
  • Interface and coordination with your components and purchasing staff
  • Interface and coordination with your preferred board house
  • Interface and coordination with your assembly facility including manufacturing test
  • Experienced with both high volume and low volume production environments

As more and more electronic products find their way into our lives each day there is greater need for these products to be designed with Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) in mind. Every product that uses electricity, whether it is plugged into a wall outlet or powered by batteries or solar cells, generates electromagnetic radiation that has the potential of interfering with the proper operation of other products. Likewise each of these products is in danger of having its' operation disrupted by interfering radiation from other products. The idea of Electromagnetic Compatibility is simple. If every product keeps its' emissions controlled to a very low level and maintains its' ability to function properly in the presence of very high levels of emissions from other products they can be said to be Electromagnetically Compatible.

Governments and other regulatory agencies are becoming increasingly stringent in requiring products to successfully coexist in the environment they all must share. This is especially true if you are selling your products in Europe and some other parts of the world. If you are not selling your product into countries where these requirements exist there is still good reason to design to these levels of compliance. The same decisions and techniques that improve the EMC performance of a product for the sake of compliance also tend to produce a product that is less prone to random unexplained failures in the presence of interfering emissions from outside sources.

The costs involved in multiple iterations of design changes can be devastating. Even worse are the costs involved in missed project schedules; that in this climate of fast paced markets and very narrow market windows can spell disaster for a new product introduction. This makes it more important to consider the EMC aspects of a product in the early stages of its' development. This is where EMC performance can be most effectively enhanced with the least cost in components and engineering time, and the least impact on schedules.