Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is the standard process for designing the board?
A: The board design process consists of the following steps:
  • Schematic design
  • Board layout
  • PCB production
  • Components purchasing
  • Solder mask production
  • Assembling
  • Board verification and debug
  • Software adaptation (optional)
  • Production file preparation
Q: What does a customer receive upon completion of turn-key development?
A: Every customer receives:
  • a pre-defined number of working prototypes
  • complete set of files required for mass production of the product, including:
  • Schematic design (OrCAD DSN file)
  • Schematic (as PDF)
  • Board layout (Mentor Expedition PCB project)
  • PCB production file (gerber, IPC netlist)
  • Solder mask files (gerber)
  • Assembly files (solder paste and placement - gerber)
  • PCB's DXF file (2D) for mechanical colaboration
  • Bill of materials
  • Firmware/software (optional)
Q: What are the costs of the development?
A: Cost of the development depends on several factors. These are:
  • amount of engineering work to be done. Depends mainly on design complexity. 
  • cost of components required for prototyping
  • costs paid to subcontractors for PCB production, assembling and related activities
Q: What kind of information should be provided in order to receive a formal quotation?
A: Development costs may be estimated based on information regarding the future product feature list, mechanical constraints, certification requirements etc. The more details provided, the better.

Q: Will the BIOS sources be available for the custom board we'd like to develop?
A: If the product is a single-board computer built from the ground up, the BIOS will be purchased by the customer, and its sources (original and adapted) will be available upon design completion. In a case the product is based on one of the CompuLab's CoM's, the BIOS source cannot be
provided. CompuLab delivers a versatile BIOS installed on its every product, which would not normally require customization. If for some reason custom BIOS is required, a customization may be done by BauerTKP, and the customer receives the custom BIOS binary.

Q: Is it possible to test our product for industrial temperature range, vibration, shock?
A: Yes, it's possible. Our subcontractor, Hermon Laboratories, offers a broad range of in-house services for EMC, Radio, Product Safety, Telecom and Environmental testing, recognized by worldwide regulatory and certification organizations.

Q: Can all the component suppliers be specified and available for us?
A: Yes, we may provide a list of local and worldwide component suppliers for every part on the BOM.