Summarized below are some of the different types of services which
Ciholas is pleased and qualified to bring to our clients.
Our engineers are fully committed to bringing the highest level of
quality into their work, and the highest level of satisfaction to
those we work with.
Every project can be broken down into a problem that needs a solution.
At Ciholas we specialize in innovative solutions that meet
the needs of a variety of different applications. Our experience with
every aspect of the design process allows us to provide unique solutions
to today's problems using the technology of tomorrow.
Conceiving of a solution to a problem is only the beginning of the
process. The critical portion of the process is design, where time is
spent evaluating different solutions to new issues. Ciholas
has a proven track record of implementing unique solutions. During the
design phase of a project we use several different CAD packages and
simulation tools to ensure that the design is robust and works properly
on the first try. We pride ourselves on elegant production ready
solutions often eliminating the need for costly prototype builds and
Many companies and engineers find PCB layout to be time consuming and
often outsource the work. We believe that PCB layout is an integral
part of the design process and as such we do all of our board layout
in-house. This allows us to design at a level above our competition,
creating designs that are extremely integrated mechanically and
electrically. Ciholas' practice of doing layout in concert
with design, allows us to pursue innovative solutions to problems such
as heat sinking, high-speed signaling, ESD, and more. Many of our designs
are highly space constrained and would otherwise remain unrealized without
the advent of intimate knowledge of the circuit board layout.
In today's high speed world many designs require programmable logic to
meet specifications. FPGAs provide a high degree of design flexibility
and can be used to move complicated time-consuming digital operations
away from the central processor in a design. Ciholas has experience
using FPGAs for many different applications including; digital
signal processing, high speed network handling, PCI network translation,
motor control, and more.
Many of our projects incorporate processing units ranging from the simple
low-level microcontroller to the complex Pentium-class processor. Whether
the need is for embedded software control or application software to
interface with a design Ciholas has skilled programmers ready
with a solution.
Mechanical integration can often be a nightmare for even the most skilled
hardware engineer. At Ciholas mechanical development is done
hand-in-hand with hardware development. The design tools that we use
allow us to create models of the electronics and place them in the
mechanicals before either exist. When time for mechanical integration
comes around our hardware engineers can rest easy with a confidence that
the design will "just work."
At Ciholas we realize the importance of having quality equipment
for testing and debugging. Our battery of test equipment allows us to
quickly test hardware and identify problem areas. We maintain several
hardware labs, and possess enough portable equipment that our engineers can
run tests at their desks. No design leaves our doors without a complete
verification of all circuits.
Testing does not stop with electronics verification. Many designs are
required to comply with specifications regarding ESD, emissions, and
temperature. Our facilities at Ciholas include an RF screen room, a
temperature and humidity chamber, and an ESD generator. These facilities
allow us to identify problem areas in designs obviating the need for
expensive repeat visits to certified test facilities.
Proper documentation is essential to any project. Ciholas
has a great deal of experience with industry standards for documentation.
We provide our clients with appropriate schematics, block diagrams, Gerber
and board assembly files, mechanical drawings, assembly procedures, and any
other documentation that is required by the design. We pride ourselves on
clear concise documentation that completely describes the project.
We provide continued support for all of our projects. Contact us over the
phone or via email and you will be connected with an engineer or technician
who is prepared to answer your questions.
Intellectual Property is the cornerstone of the electronics industry. We
produce more than just a product that can be sold in the stores or in a
trade magazine. Ciholas creates intellectual property that can
be added to the knowledge base of your company. We have several patents
held with the United States Patent Office and are always looking for new
innovative solutions that will create revenue for our clients.
Ciholas has in-house turnkey manufacturing services including printed circuit
boards and small quantity prototype product assembly. We also include initial
and final testing and reworking of all production issues. Our expertise and
relationships with several well-known board houses provide you with quality
service and our willingness to work with the manufacturer of your choice.
Many times companies will develop a solution for a problem that is so
specialized as to not be ready for mass production. Ciholas can take that
design and turn it into a marketable mass producible product. With our expertise,
we can streamline your design and even debug and diagnose failed products to find
errors in your production line.