We’ve helped bring dozens of successful consumer electronic products to market.
From audio & video to connected home, Cardinal Peak helps bring many industry-leading consumer electronics designs to market. Today’s products must be easy to use but also — more often than not — connect through apps, web portals and third-party ecosystems, including voice assistants, to complete their customer promise.
Cardinal Peak is staffed and ready to assist at every stage of electronics product design and development. We help our clients from system architecture through the entire development process, including hardware and embedded, cloud, and mobile software development. Our post-launch support typically includes software updates for feature enhancements, new security threats, and changes in underlying platforms. Cardinal Peak is your end-to-end consumer electronics design partner.
Consumer Product Design Case Studies
As a leader in connected consumer product engineering, Cardinal Peak supports innovative consumer electronics designs including the projects below. If you’re looking for an electronic design firm to partner with, contact us for innovative electronic hardware design.
Connected Consumer Product Design FAQs
What is Consumer Electronics Design?
Consumer electronics are analog or digital electronic devices used daily in our homes. Electronic product design consists of the following steps to ensure functionality, marketability, security and reliability of the devices.
- Product Concept
- Research & Business Analysis
- Design including PCB layout
- Testing & Documentation
What Skills are Needed for Consumer Product Engineering?
As a top consumer electronics design firm, Cardinal Peak can assemble the right team to develop your product. Our 100+ experienced engineers draw from their skills in:
- Embedded Software – Representing roughly half our technical staff, our embedded team is skilled with most SoCs, microprocessors and most flavors of RTOS.
- Hardware – Mechanical and electrical engineers who design both the housing and the electronics of your product. They ensure the BOM is minimized and the design is optimized for production at the selected manufacturer. In addition, they can manage FCC, CE and any other certifications.
- Cloud Applications – Our cloud applications software development team helps realize the full vision of your connected product by implementing features for end-customers as well as web portals for manufacturing, customer support, service/installation, and other stakeholders.
- End-User Applications – Our end-user applications team provides beautiful and functional applications for your customers on mobile devices, laptops, STBs and other platforms.
- QA – Our QA team starts on day one to ensure your product is well tested and ready for manufacturing. They will even manage your alpha (friends-and-family) testing and beta testing.
Additionally, we have specialty engineers to support FPGAs, DSPs, signal processing, AI, and machine learning aspects of the design. Finally, our Project Managers are the perfect bridge between your product owners and our deep engineering resources.
How Much do Consumer Product Design Services Cost?
Because each consumer electronics design is unique and has different requirements to execute the final product, we do not have a set price on our service. To get a rough idea of the cost involved with your electronics product design and development, please contact us and we will discuss your project’s needs. By comparing with other products we have developed, we can generally provide you a ROM estimate very quickly. We can also help you understand what features are driving the costs so that you can make more informed decisions.
How to Select a Consumer Electronics Design Partner?
When selecting a design partner, look for relevant experience, transparent communications, proven results, and goal alignment. What makes Cardinal Peak different from other consumer electronics design companies is that we’ve formed industry partnerships with some of the top companies in the world, including:
- Amazon (Web Services and Alexa)
- Silicon Labs
- Industry Partnerships
Electronics Product Design & Development Resources
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