LONDON A U.K. contract manufacturer is helping a Spanish semiconductor design company, DS2, make inroads into the power line communications (PLC) market.
Norcott EMS's design, assembly and logistical expertise is being used to help DS2 develop and manufacture the reference boards which prove its chips' suitability for use in a range of network adaptors, modems and consumer electrical goods.
PLC technology allows broadband communications to be delivered via electrical power cables providing viable delivery for triple-play service (voice, internet video). DS2 is under pressure to invest in new chip set designs whose functionality must then be proved to customers using reference board designs.
Not having the time or expertise to produce these small to medium sized batches of prototypes, DS2 contracted PCB specialist, Norcott, which could not only assemble the reference boards to tight deadlines and manage DS2's component logistics, but also provide best practice advice on their design.
According to Pete Lomas, Norcott's managing director, “Being specialists in PCB design and assembly, we were able to look at DS2's designs as they came in and suggest areas for improvement. Engaging in this kind of dialogue allowed us to perfect the designs, improve the reliability of the product and greatly increase yield.”
Design of Systems on Silicon (DS2) is a supplier of the 200Mbps technology that enables home networking and broadband access over power line, coaxial cable, and telephone wire.