A systematic approach to Embedded Product Development

Embedded product development life cycle is an analysis, which is based on implementation stages and problem solving methods associated with it. Generally speaking embedded products are a subset of larger computing units. Embedded products could be found in almost everything we use today, like smart phones, computer, calculators, and more. However, the components of the embedded system cannot run independently, it has to be well complemented with a suitable platform. As a whole, the process is initiated by focusing on specific equipment, and then integrated on to a bigger process.  Basically, there are three layers in which the entire cycle can be conceived, they are analysis, design and implementation, which can be again further sub divided into seven categories, for easy understanding.

The first stage is marked by the formation of a team, both from the organization’s side and technology partner’s side. This is followed by a detailed system requirement study, in which the consultant understands the detailed need of the product to be developed.  This is important, because it is the foundation to a robust product development.  This is marked by the concept phase, in which the product is visualized and the technical team finalizes which product needs to be manufactured. This is carried out in the backdrop of detailed market research, which gives insights about the end user requirements.  Usually organizations target to manufacture the products in trend, for example manufacturing microprocessor of smart phones is a profitable idea in today’s business scenario.

Gathering requirement is always very important, as it denotes the choice of product configuration desired by the customers. Today’s well informed customers are always in the lookout for higher configuration and performance products. So, to deliver in the same tune, should be the motto of any designing team.  Then comes the designing phase, in which the bill of material is prepared, as to what materials are required to manufacture the said product, along with cost associated with it.  Materials pertaining to the hardware and software are sorted out in this phase.  Here the technology partner, shows the final product blue print or implementation roadmap to the top management of the organization and explains them about the capabilities of the product.  Any changes, required can be accommodated in this phase as per the requirement of the customer.

Design phase is completed with the initiation of the development and implementation phase, which is marked by the assembling of all the hardware components, which are again in line with the system requirement.  Here the final product usage is kept in mind along with its predefined capabilities. The project cycle then slips to the phase of integration. Here the functionalities of the embedded hardware are tested to the core, for any discrepancies. Since, different embedded components, have varying capacities, therefore a detailed testing for the desired output is essential.  However, a dedicated phase of verification and validation of the product cannot be ruled out. The key is to deliver a faultless final product to enhance customer satisfaction.  In this phase this reassurance takes place that the manufacturing of the embedded product development has been in the right direction, maintaining all the said specifications.

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