Schematic & Layout
Consumer & Industrial
Design & Automation
We are committed to providing our customers cost-effective PCB Design solutions to meet their commercial needs. We are focussed on providing high quality products with excellent customer support throughout the development process.
By far the most common PCB type, we can develop Rigid PCBs in up to 28 Layers, providing for the vast majority of circuit requirements in modern consumer and industrial products.
We can design analogue, digital, high-frequency and RF circuit boards with an excellent level of quality and service.
FireBee has experience in both narrowband and wideband RF technologies, as well as implementing common wireless technologies such as Bluetooth, Wifi and Zigbee. We can design, implement and test RF designs on both standard FR4 laminates as well as high frequency laminates.
Sometimes flexible PCBs can provide great results in a product. No longer are they consigned to just simple connectors, but now are more commonly used in complex products with either difficult shape or space requirements.
We see our core advantage for our clients being not only the quality of service, but also the full development capability to include the PCB design, embedded and application software as well as the product housing design. In short, we provide our clients with all of their development requirements in one comapny.
Following an assessment of the clients needs, a suitable outline of the PCB requirements is drawn up as well as a selection of components chosen to fulfil those needs. Professional Engineers will then draw this into a Schematic Design, creating the necessary components in CAD, netlists and routing. Following a careful set of quality checks such as Design Rule Check on the schematic and peer-review, the outcome is a professionally designed schematic ready for layout.
The layout phase begins with determining the correct laminate to construct the board. This results in a physical board with not only suitable strength and thickness, but also an ideal impedance setup for realistic track widths, and a suitable layer stack-up for isolating EMI noise inside solid ground/power planes.
The board design then begins with component placement, and then crucially all transmission lines such as clocks etc are manually routed before auto-routing the remaining board tracks. A comprehensive peer-reviewed quality check and Design Rule Check improve the quality of the board and minimise any re-runs of the board.
FireBee can prototype and test PCBs on your behalf. We have the in-house capability to assemble most SMT parts within 48 hours onto a bare PCB provided we have the components available. Turnaround times for PCB bare-board can be between 48 hours and 3 weeks depending on the layers required and board stack-up.
Throughout the design process our engineers focus on delivering a quality product to meet our clients needs. However, quality control does not end once the design is complete. FireBee can develop a test plan for our customers to ensure that products coming off the production line meet specified PCB quality requirements. We can develop automated test procedures, in-board software test programs etc Furthermore, we can set up monitoring procedures for any failure modes, and provide testing and analysis to improve the design of the product to mitigate or fully eliminate any failure modes which become apparent.
We differentiate ourselves by not just being focused on the technical requirements of the product, but also on the commercial strategy of our customers. For example we might design a product differently by balancing the prototyping costs vs. unit production cost based on whether the company is a start-up, well established, looking to license the product, selling the product directly, or using the product to provide a service.