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ADLINK adopts Upverter to automate SMARC carrier board design

ADLINK Technology, in partnership with Altium, is to offer a fully automated SMARC carrier design process to its customers, leveraging Upverter, a web-based drag-and-drop designer tool.

The Upverter tool requires only minimal engineering skills and allows customers to create their own SMARC based carrier board design in a matter of hours, and receive prototypes within weeks.

Upverter generates the electrical design files of fully custom-defined carrier board designs on demand, as well as an instant Bill of Materials (BOM) complete with pricing, a customised device tree, documentation, and mechanical models.

The tool is a core component of Altium’s cloud technology platform and as Ted Pawela, Chief Ecosystem Officer, explained, “Altium’s embeddable experiences can be added to partner websites using only a couple of lines of code. Upverter offers ADLINK’s customers a simple yet innovative way to bring new products to life.”

ADLINK’s design ecosystem called I-Pi SMARC accelerates industrial grade AIoT/IoT hardware development with standardised modular building blocks and up to 15 years longevity. The design service is available for SMARC modules based on NXP’s IMX8M and i.MX8M Plus and Rockchip’s PX30.

The ADLINK I-Pi SMARC modular approach to hardware and software looks to address the aggressive timeline issues that customers face - it is probably the most challenging aspect of an engineer’s job. The I-Pi SMARC ecosystem combines industrial grade components, extreme software portability, and Raspberry Pi-like flexibility and expansion in a SMARC form factor. Fast prototyping and proof of concept are key milestones of a successful project.

“The Upverter tool is an innovative improvement of handling the proof-of-concept and prototyping phase for custom products. It will reduce the needed time to almost 50% in comparison to current approaches,” said Carsten Rebmann, Modules Product Manager at ADLINK.

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Neil Tyler

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