Designing a new electronic or software product is complex. At LX we have broken the end-to-end process down into a series of major components, and each component into clearly defined steps. This ensures that the entire design process is complete, well controlled and documented.LX Design House can also provide market evaluation, commercialisation assistance and project management at all stages in the design and development process.The graphic above provides an overview of the steps that the design of an electronic or software product will typically go through. These steps include:
Before work is started on a product it is important to research the concept and its key technologies, determine product viability and commercial potential, complete initial product specification, and plan the product development cycle.
The design stage typically includes the production of proof of concept hardware prototypes and software betas, including test versions of firmware and embedded software. Several prototype iterations are required to continually refine the product and produce pre-production prototypes. Industrial and mechanical design of the product is also undertaken at this stage.
Testing, Verification and Certification
Having developed prototypes and related software, the next step is rigourous product testing and verification. This may include bench testing, environmental testing, user testing and certification testing, plus system level verification of the hardware, firmware and software.
Pre-production manufacture involves small scale manufacturing runs of sample product based on the final prototypes. We take these production-ready prototypes and set up initial manufacturing requirements such as test gig development, industrial design of tooling, and supply chain development.
With the product now designed, developed, tested and fully production ready, LX can assist with moving into high volume manufacture and release into the market.
Of course the story does not end there. Having taken the product from concept through to manufacture and marketing, it is important to map the product life cycle, provide ongoing support, and continue with product refinement or modifications in response to market needs.