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. 

Our specialisms



Edge processing
High-demand processing on resource-constrained, networked devices is one of our key strengths, allowing our clients to get the best from their digital service.
Security and encryption
Security is a paramount concern, particularly when dealing with complex systems in critical sectors. We employ world-class experts from the defence community.
Connectivity & IoT
As visionary leaders in IoT, we have expert knowledge across the tech landscape, including all emerging standards and technologies.

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.

Experience


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.

Tech, tools & facilities


Data, development & test labs
 

Data, development & test labs

With 1 petabyte local storage and specialised hardware for telecoms chassis design, machine learning development and more, this facility allow us to develop, test and operate new cloud-ready digital services rapidly in a secure environment, enabling 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
 

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.

Facility Continuous-integration software
 

Scalable software test facility

Continuous integration (CI) is central to building and delivering high-quality software. Our virtualised CI test facility – codenamed Smokey – enables us to test complex software at scale, with or without hardware in the loop, to identify problems earlier and fix them faster. Smokey 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.

Case studies


 

Iridium Extreme satellite phone

The first truly global ‘Push-To-Talk’ mobile communications system, Iridium Extreme PTT has provided the low-earth orbit leader with a valuable new revenue stream.

 

Pietro Fiorentini subsea sensor

Developing a high-performance, zero-maintenance subsea water cut sensor

 

Ocado smart platform

Transforming warehouse automation with another world-first in radio design

 

accesso smart wearable

For their latest wearable device, accesso wanted to take their LoQueue virtual queuing solution to the next level, adding greater interactivity and creating new ways to connect with park guests during their visit.

News & insights


Press release

Design awards roll in

1st February 2018

Cambridge Consultants’ world-leading design expertise recognised with two iF DESIGN AWARDS.

Product design and development firm Cambridge Consultants was a winner at this year’s iF DESIGN AWARDS...

Press release

World’s smartest car park is self-taught and costs next to nothing

20th April 2018

Deep learning is moving out of research and into real-life projects, as we unveil the world’s smartest car park. ‘Goldeneye’ has taught itself to recognise cars and how they appear in spaces

Press release

Unveiling the world’s lowest power voice detection

24th April 2018

Ecoutez powers the future of voice recognition technology, from always-on voice personal assistants to the next wave of hearables

Peer reviewed research

Adding Electronics to the Breezhaler®: Satisfying the Needs of Patients and Regulators

4th July 2018

Low adherence to therapy is a recognized issue in respiratory disease and has driven the development of electronic sensors for monitoring inhaler use. To date, sensors for dry powder inhalers (DPIs) have...

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Digital health
  • Electronics & ASICs
  • Embedded software
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Sensing

Events


Event

ACCU 2018

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Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, Bristol, UK

ACCU is the UK’s foremost annual conference for those interested in C++ and C. Jonathan Pallant, Senior Technical Consultant and Embedded Systems Engineer, will be provide an overview on the design of protocol stacks...

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