Doing Business with Internetworking Designs
Doing business with Internetworking Designs is easy. All it takes is:
- An initial phone call or email to discuss the project
scope and financial arrangements: either time-and-materials, fixed-fee, or
anything in between. To insure that the design fits within your design and
manufacturing environments, we will also discuss the design tools and file formats
that will be required.
- We sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement, protecting all of the information you
divulge to us during our relationship.
- Once we have sufficient information, a detailed proposal will be sent to you
within a few days, outlining the work to be performed, the proposed schedule, and
the financial terms. Included is a formal contract for your signature. Typically,
there will be an up-front payment to initiate the start of our work.
- Once a signed copy of the contract and any up-front payment are received,
we begin work to meet the agreed schedule.
For a typical board-level hardware design, the project continues with the
following steps. At the completion of each step, a design review will be held to
insure that our design meets all of your requirements. All corrections are
made and reviewed before proceeding with the next design step:
- We generate a Hardware Functional Specification, in your standard format,
sufficient for your software and mechanical engineers to begin their work on
- We generate schematics, Bills of Materials and instructions for the PCB
- We work with your PCB design house (or we are in contact with PADS and
Allegro design houses) to generate the PCB artwork.
- We work with your PCB fab and assembly houses to produce the initial
- We perform the initial hardware checkout, typically in your facility to
ease our interaction with your software engineers. Prototype board rework
instructions are created, if required.
- Detailed hardware design verification, CPLD/FPGA checkout and the
creation of revised schematics and BOMs are completed at our facility, in parallel
with any software work at your facility.
- A final system test by your engineers and a design review complete the project.