Specialisms


Electronics are central to almost every product we develop – they are what make a device smart, allow it to communicate with other systems or enable it to perform an action.

From integrated circuits and embedded systems to power supply and analogue circuitry, our electronic designs push the boundaries of performance, cost, size and efficiency. 

FPGAs & ASICs

If your needs go beyond the scope of conventional electronics components, FPGAs (field-programmable gate arrays) and ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits) may hold the answer.

As experts in high-performance signal processing using FPGAs, we achieve computation reaching hundreds of billions of calculations a second.

Our proprietary ASIC technologies – such as Sapphyre VLIW processors, XAP processors and Pizzicato all-digital radio – enable us to achieve similar performance at even lower cost and power consumption. 

Embedded systems

Embedded systems are the brains behind many modern products, enabling complex systems to be controlled with sophisticated algorithms, often in a very small physical size.

We develop embedded systems that:

Make sensors smarter through data fusion across several inputs

Enable secure interfacing for cloud services, remote software upgrades and over-the-air money transfers

Control advanced robotic systems to revolutionise warehouse operations; and 

Allow functionality upgrades in the field while devices are already in use

Analogue

We’re pioneering the development of analogue electronics to deliver ultimate performance, particularly in the realm of sensor technology.

We are highly skilled in fine-tuning power consumption, cost and noise performance to optimise the solution to a given application – from high-performance control systems and conditioning systems for highly demanding signal processing, to low-noise, low-power applications of all kinds.

We continue to develop low-power solutions to enable the miniaturisation of sensors, applying analogue electronics techniques in emerging areas such as synthetic biology and molecular diagnostics

Power

Power electronics is a vital component in almost every device we develop – from tiny, high-efficiency switch-mode power supplies and compact, low-cost motor controllers, to large three-phase units.

We use our expertise to increase reliability, lower cost and improve thermal performance, building upon our track-record of significant breakthroughs. This includes increasing power density to develop a 10kW digitally controlled power supply occupying only 2U of a 19-inch rack, and a smart, optimised power control for a high accuracy, low-cost stepper motor controller.  

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Experience


Electronic engineering has been a core skill since our inception in 1960 and we have been developing ASICs since the late 1980s.

Today, our electronics experts are located in all our major global offices, including our Cambridge (UK) headquarters and our Boston, Seattle and San Francisco (US) offices. 

Integrating electronics & software

For nearly 60 years, we have been at the forefront – adopting new processors and SOCs (System On Chip), developing custom silicon chips and processors, and selecting the best standard chips and toolchains for each application.

Furthermore, our ability to optimise across electronics and software is key to delivering software-configurable hardware platforms which enable a product’s functionality to be updated throughout its lifetime. 

The world’s first fully-digital radio

Pizzicato is a glimpse into the future of wireless design. Built purely from computing power, Pizzicato’s all-digital transceiver is smaller, cheaper and capable of making more intelligent use of the available spectrum.

This breakthrough technology promises to vastly increase the range of wireless applications and to be a powerful enabler for both the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G technology.

We can help you
achieve the seemingly impossible

Case studies


 

Supporting next generation Explosive Ordnance Disposal for the British Army

Partnership with the UK’s Defence Science & Technology Laboratory

 

Wireless breakthrough for the Ocado Smart Platform

A world-first in radio design helps transform online grocery across the globe

 

Iridium Extreme satellite phone

The first truly global ‘Push-To-Talk’ mobile communications system

 

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

Ellume and Cambridge Consultants Collaborate on Core Technology Behind Ellume’s Rapid Antigen COVID-19 Test

10th Mar 2021

Cambridge Consultants developed the ground-breaking optics technology powering Ellume’s FDA authorized COVID-19 Home Test

Whitepaper

The future of AI is at the edge

17th Sep 2020

Driven by advances in silicon and machine learning algorithms, Edge AI is presenting vast opportunities for businesses across diverse markets. 

  • AI & Analytics
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Electronics & ASICs
  • Signal processing
best practices in developing endpoint AI
Webinar

Experiences at the edge: best practices in developing endpoint AI

6th Oct 2021

Whether it’s optimizing for low power and longevity, or porting cloud-sized AI to the new breed of endpoint AI hardware – developing embedding intelligence for the IoT is subject to very different constraints to AI in the cloud or data center. In this talk Brendan Gillatt outlines the best practices which contribute to a success with endpoint AI.

  • AI & Analytics
  • Electronics & ASICs
low earth orbit connectivity
Opinion

LEO satellite connectivity means the opportunities are out there, but how do we extract maximum value?

24th Nov 2021

LEO (low earth orbit) connectivity is gaining momentum, propelled by reusable infrastructure solutions that have brought the launch cost of a satellite down to somewhere between one hundred thousand and a million dollars. The new layers of LEO connectivity promise a tantalizing array of public and enterprise services – but one big question looms large. How can we overcome the remaining challenges and seize maximum value from the sector?

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Electronics & ASICs
  • Radio systems

Events


Panel discussion

How Will European Drone Regulation Impact UTM, U Space and Enterprise Fleet Management?

1st Apr 2021
Virtual

We'll be joining industry experts in this panel session to discuss the evolution of European drone regulations, and what this means for operators across the continent looking to develop commercial drone programs.

SpeakerSponsor

Connect (X) 2021

4th Oct 2021 - 7th Oct 2021
Hyatt Regency, Orlando, FL

Connect (X) is North America’s largest conference and trade show for the Connectivity sector, uniting the industry to deliver infrastructure solutions for universal connectivity.

Event

MWC 2021

28th Jun 2021 - 1st Jul 2021
Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain

Join us at MWC 2021, the largest mobile event in the world. We're bringing our team of experts from across high performance communications, service innovation and connected devices.

Speaker

Embedded World 2021 Digital

1st Mar 2021 - 5th Mar 2021

Join us at Embedded World, the global platform for the embedded community to exchange information and discover the latest trends, products and technologies. During our presentation, we'll be sharing the benefits and challenges of deploying AI applications on end-point devices.