One of the reasons for the customer to outsource development to Hectronic is often, at least partly, to avoid tedious work in sourcing components for production and product maintenance. We have the organization, contacts and a number of similar products already in production. The advantages are obvious. Development projects at Hectronic are carried out from an early stage targeted against one or two producers, which have production of boards based on the processor platform in question.
Full custom development and reuse of building blocks
Let’s continue browsing the alternatives ranging from buying a single component from Hectronic, such as a COM module, to turn-key solutions, meaning that when the project is completed the only thing you have to do is to put the key in the lock, of your product, so to speak.
We have learnt that the semi-custom strategy using a one of our COM modules integrated with a custom-made carrier board is a way of balancing the make versus buy strategies. As volumes grow the full custom strategy may prove the better choice. It involves development of a board with both the processor platform and the components needed for functionality unique to the application.
One may argue that it’s reinventing the wheel since the processor platform is already available in the shape of a COM module. It’s quite the contrary. At Hectronic, since way back, from the founding of the company actually, reuse has been a guiding principle. One of the more illustrative examples of reusing building blocks is shown below. It’s about simply copying the processor platform from the COM module and paste it onto the customized board. Thereafter it’s just to add functionality required to complete the product. At least in theory. But you understand the point I’m sure.