Design of Things

Given the prevalence of wireless technology, the increasing ability to miniaturize computer components and develop them inexpensively as well as the enormously extended range of IPv6 addresses, an IOT solution can be developed for almost anything imaginable. One of the most promising characteristics of future IoT devices is the ability to predict and adapt to situations. The same is true for user interface designs for some of these so called “things”. The old model of singular actions driving singular reactions will change. We’ll begin to see interfaces that can intelligently predict a series of steps for the user. A simple gesture, movement, or word will initiate a series of useful events. There will even be reactions that aren’t initiated at all but understood to be needed by these “things”. In the coming years, AI in the form of pattern recognition, voice recognition and NLP will find its way into almost every device and application that has a processor, DSP or FPGA and some level of computational resources. “Things” are also the reasons why Mixed Signal ASIC designs have been growing for the last few years as more systems seek to interface to the analog ‘real world’ functions.

We at Eximius recognise these changes happening around us and have geared up to help our customers design the next generation smaller, faster cheaper and more connected “things”, ground up – From Chip to Cloud. We understand that complexity of a design impacts a very critical parameter- its cost. This is because design complexity not only impacts the cost of execution but also the potential cost of miss-execution. Assembling a team with the knowledge and experience to bring a new semiconductor based product to market is expensive and time consuming, and the promised return on a large investment can vanish quickly if a delay in execution allows a competitor to be first to market.

We have therefore put together the best Analog & Mixed signal, ASIC & FPGA design team, the best digital verification and physical implementation teams to ensure that the most complex hardware designs are made out to be as simple as possible. Our Firmware and Software teams take over from there. We understand that while software programming methodologies, processes and design patterns do matter, the most important aspect to embedded software and firmware design is finally a deep understanding of a domain itself. Even the best C programmer with very little exposure to wireless domain can never independently write a good radio resource management algorithm for LTE handovers. To “engineer things right” we therefore focus on domain expertise. Our technical teams have proven expertise across embedded platform engineering, connectivity, artificial intelligence as well as storage and cloud domains.

Kevin Aston, who is often credited with inventing the concept of Internet of Things (IoT) in his book “How to fly a horse”, describes the story of how an African slave in Reunion Island helped solved a critical problem the world was facing at that time- shortage of the world’s second most popular spice: Vanilla.
Vanilla is hard to farm and at that time only grew in Mexico’s gulf coast. For centuries no one outside of Mexico could make it grow. Many people had attempted to grow it in Europe but the vanilla vines, if at all it did sprout, were all sterile and never bore fruit. It was not until much later that scientist understood the core issue. Vanilla’s pollinator – a glossy green bee was only found in Mexico. Nature had designed the vanilla flower to prevent self-fertilization. The young slave boy however managed to get his vines to bear fruit. He did this by first pulling back the lip of a vanilla flower using a toothpick-sized piece of bamboo (to lift the part that prevents self-fertilization), then pinching its pollen-bearing anther and pollen-receiving stigma together. Today the French call this process le geste d’Edmond – Edmond’s gesture. Kevin used this story to show that anyone could make a creative contribution with a tool as small as a toothpick.

We at Eximius recognize this. Therefore, innovation in everything we do is not just encouraged but is actively pursued. We try to bring together our deep domain knowledge, appropriate use of the latest tools and processes, apply years of experience in product development that people often refer to as “instinct” and constantly search for innovative ways to do things. This is why we say, we at Eximius design the right “things” and engineer “things” right.

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Northrop Frye