REDOWL Board Stack
Ciholas is involved in
the development of leading edge innovative products. No project typifies
this more than the Robot Enhanced Detection
Outpost With Laser
REDOWL was developed by the
The Photonics Center at Boston University
as a payload for the iRobot
PackBot Explorer robot.
The payload is a remote deployable sensor suite designed to provide
information, gunshot detection, intelligence, surveillance and targeting
capabilities to military forces and government agencies. The technology
allows soldiers to rapidly identify and suppress sniper fire,
particularly in difficult urban warfare environments.
Ciholas provided BU with critical assistance in electrical
and mechanical integration of the REDOWL design onto the
Explorer system. Our work involved miniaturizing and implementing
the existing design elements of REDOWL as well as providing
design work in the areas of power supply filtering, USB interface to serial and Ethernet,
Ethernet PHY interface, thermal design, and board level support with testing
and debugging. We developed the final
complete schematics, the complex board floor plan, and the board
layout for the entire system including jigs for testing. The layout
requirements ranged from critical analog processing chains to
high speed memory buses. We also developed 3D mechanical models
to verify the mechanical integration and to assist BU in developing
a final mechanical enclosure.
3D Solid Model of Board Stack and Enclosure
Our team put in extra effort to meet BU's
schedule. The project took less than eight weeks from final design
requirements to operational board sets, including the prototype build.
Despite the compressed schedule the resulting electronics were flawless.
In a design spanning 3 boards, 7,500 total parts,
and over 20,000 electrical nets there were no cuts, jumps, or
errors. The board set will not require any revisions for production.
This high standard is not unusual for Ciholas as our development
process and careful attention to detail have always resulted in working boards on
the first pass.
Explorer fitted with REDOWL
"It is essential to have the technical skill, design tools, company focus, and
sense of urgency to succeed on a rapid development project like REDOWL.
Mike Ciholas and the team at Ciholas met every challenge, beat
the schedule, and produced the board layout and finished product in record
time. Their technical expertise and performance were absolutely superb with
no cuts and no rework. I will work with them again."
-Dr. Glenn Thoren
Director, The Photonics Center at Boston
Ciholas is extremely pleased to have contributed to
the REDOWL project and continues to support BU in deploying this
Inquiries on the REDOWL system should be directed to:
The Photonics Center at Boston