Shaping the future
We’ve been developing embedded software for as long as it has existed, influencing emerging technologies over many years.
We work intimately with our radio systems, digital signal processing, electronics and user experience teams to develop reliable high-performance software in the shortest timeframes.
Proven solutions to complex problems
The rise of ‘smart’ and ‘deep’ technologies is mired in exponential rises in complexity. We invest in the tools, processes and talent necessary to successfully complete even the most complex projects.
We employ a test-focused design approach, considering test strategy from the outset and building test frameworks alongside the main project development.
We also work with regulators – in many sectors, including medical and telecoms – as well as third-party test certification bodies to ensure regulatory compliance to global standards.
Understanding client & user requirements
Whether the challenge is achieving ultra-low power consumption or managing the trade-offs between power, bandwidth and processor load, our development is driven by our client’s and their users’ specific requirements.
We’re platform and technology independent, with a depth of expertise across embedded techniques and technologies that is unparalleled. This allows us to deliver the very best solution for our clients, built on the principles of user-centred design.
A history of breakthroughs
During many decades at the forefront of embedded software, we’ve created hundreds of breakthrough systems and novel silicon applications.
Examples include parallel processing for Mindspeed’s 3D basestation network, vector processing for radar and the award-winning KiCoPen low-energy insulin pen.
We also developed the first digital pregnancy test, followed by the first video phone for Orange in 1999. In 2000, we launched the world’s first single-chip Bluetooth radio, leading to our billion-dollar spin-out company Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR).
Scale & breadth
Our team of 150+ embedded software experts span four global offices in two continents, with skillsets covering the full spectrum of disciplines, from machine learning, positioning, sensing and DSP, to biometrics, bare metal, real-time operating systems (RTOS) and digital security.
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Tech, tools & facilities
Data, development & test labs
With one petabyte local storage and specialised hardware for telecoms chassis design, machine learning development and more, this facility allows us to develop, test and operate new cloud-ready digital services rapidly in a secure environment.
It enables rapid end-to-end prototyping and experimentation of sensitive concepts. We work across the full spectrum of cloud service providers, supporting both public and private infrastructures.
Cloud stack development
This virtualised compute resource – affectionately known as Cloud Cuckoo – is specifically designed to enable rapid systems research and development within a controlled, secure environment. Having the facility to spin up large numbers of virtual machines on-demand is unusual and highly advantageous. With multiple multi-core shelves and nearly a petabyte of fast storage, this resource provides support for all layers of cloud stack development. It’s compatible with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud and other popular platforms.
Scalable software test facility
Continuous integration (CI) is central to building and delivering high-quality software. Our virtualised CI test facility enables us to test complex software at scale, with or without hardware in the loop, to identify problems earlier and fix them faster. It provides a clean, isolated virtual build environment, pre-loaded with industry-leading tools such as Coverity static analysis. CI testing is integrated with our version control, enabling every software revision to be automatically built, tested on real hardware and analysed.
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The Engineering Design Show 2022
The Engineering Design Show is the UK’s only event entirely dedicated to engineering, electronics and embedded design.