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Hardware Engineering Services

Accord has been in the Hardware Engineering Services domain over the past 28 years and has imbibed the art of Reliable Hardware Design for Aerospace products. The Accord Hardware Engineering teams understand the overall safety and reliability concerns and how it flows down to hardware designs. Several hardware designs flying in thousands on different aircraft platforms over the last two decades, stand testimony to Accord’s Hardware Engineering capabilities. Accord is a one stop shop for build to spec (including Production Support) Aerospace products that are certified by FAA/EASA and CEMILAC.

With over 100 skilled Hardware Engineers, Accord has the capability to provide Hardware Engineering Services for Complex Systems. Get in touch with us today to learn more.

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Quick Prototyping

When it comes to proofs of concept, Accord's teams are well equipped to turn around quick prototypes for evaluation.

Complete Proof of Concept is obtained with Rapid Proto Build Generation, Verification and Environmental Qualification

Accord's Hardware Engineers are skilled in
  • EMI/EMC, ESD, Lightning Protection compliance
  • Open/Short Circuit Protection
  • Thermal and Signal Integrity Analysis
  • DFT/DFM analysis, MTBF compliant

A quick Simulation of the system can be provided using MATLAB/Simulink as a proof of concept. Accord has expertise in the MATLAB/Simulink area.

Hardware Design Engineering

With a large pool of experienced Hardware engineers, Accord can support complete Avionics product development complying to DO-254, ABD100, DO-160, MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-704D and MIL-STD-461 standards.

There are multiple models in which Accord can work. Accord can support complete Hardware development offshore at Accord or can deploy Engineering Resources at the Customer facility.

Accord has years of impeccable expertise in the generation of Hardware Specification, Conceptual Design, Detailed Design, Schematic Design, FPGA Design, HDL Implementation, Board Design, Design Analysis, Thermal Analysis, SI Analysis, Reliability and DFM & DFT analyses, Hardware Verification and Environmental Certification

Supplementary expertise in generation of Board Support Packages and Hardware - Software Integration is also available at Accord.

Accord turns in more than 80 new Hardware Designs each year, this is testimony to our Hardware Engineering Expertise.

Accord has experience in 10 GHz RF, 1.5 GHz CPU, 24 Layers, MIL, RADHARD, BGA, blind and burry vias and Flex PCB

Our Hardware designs can be in compliance to IPC 7351A, IPC 2221-8, IPC 2221-6

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DO-160G Environmental Qualification

Accord offers services in Environmental Qualification for Civil and Military Aerospace products both in the domestic and International Markets.

Accord maintains a Close Association with the different Certified Environmental lab Facilities in and around Bangalore and in the USA.

Accord can support complete qualification activities for Avionics Products per DO-160G, MIL-STD-461E and MIL-STD-810G standards

With extensive experience in Designing Airworthy products certified by CEMILAC/FAA/EASA, Accord engineers have an unique advantage of being aware of the expectations from different Certification Agencies.

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RF and Microwave Engineering Services

Accord's Core RF Competency is in the following area

  • Gain/Power budget analysis
  • Link budget analysis for various application
  • Strong knowledge of PCB layout techniques to mitigate RF limitations and to ensure integrity

The Rich Experience of the RF Team speaks volumes of Accord's competence in the RF Domain -

  • Experience in building Transmitters of up to 200 Watts of output power
  • Receivers with more than 130dB gain have been designed for Airborne and Military applications
  • Experience in GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, IRNSS (L1, L2, L5, S bands) down converters (for Receivers) and up converters (for Simulator)
  • Active 1:16 GNSS Wilkinson power splitter (L1, L2, L5 band)
  • RF Design of UAT 978 MHz, Mode-S 1090 MHz aircraft transponders
  • Data link RF up to 10 GHz frequency band
  • Ultra-wide band 4-way power splitter
  • 10 MHz Hybrid clock distribution unit
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FPGA/ASIC/DO-254 Services

Accord has over 20 years of experience in PLD (FPGA) development and over 15 years in V&V as per DO-254 process. The experience has been in directly dealing with FAA and FAA DERs for over a dozen programs.

Developed FPGA leading to complex signal processing ASICs including in-built CPUs at 90nm and 28nm low power technologies, successfully fabricated at TSMC and Global Foundry

Accord is skilled in Development of PLD/FPGA programs using VHDL or Verilog and PLD/FPGA to ASIC Conversion

Faster Development time with Re-usable IP for ARINC 429, MIL 1553, Correlator, FFT blocks, finite state machines results in savings in Cost and a reduced Schedule.

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Accord offers the following services in the DO-254 area:

  • Development of PLD algorithms using VHDL or Verilog
  • System Requirement validation as per applicable standards
  • Functional & timing Simulation
  • Static Timing Analysis
  • Coverage Analysis
  • FPGA to ASIC migration
  • Development of re-usable IP’s for communication interfaces and GNSS Baseband processors
  • GNSS Baseband IP is silicon proven on 40 nm, 90 nm and 130 nm processes
  • Multiple V & V programs adhering to DO-254 DAL C through DAL A for several customers
  • Accord has its own standards and checklists with compliance and documentation to DO-254 standards

Accord has worked on the FPGA devices listed below:

Vendor Xilinx Altera Actel Lattice
Devices XC6VLX240, XC6VLX195, XC6SLX150, XC4VLX160, XC3S5000, XC3S2000, XC3S1500, XC2S30, XCV600, XC2S400E, XC3S200, Spartan-3, Spartn-6, Virtex-4, and Virtex-6 families, Artix-7, Kintex-7, Zynq families MAX7256, MAX3128, EPM7256A RT1280 (Rad Hard), A3P400, A3P 600 (Pro ASIC 3) LFSC15 (Serdes)

Mechanical CAD Engineering Services

Accord offers services in Mechanical Design and Fabrication of Housings for Electronic Hardware used in Avionics and Automotive applications.

Many of Accord's products are developed and qualified as per MIL-STD-810F, MIL-STD-461E and DO-160G. Accord's team of skilled Mechanical Engineers are well versed in SolidWorks and AutoCAD tools.

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Accord offers quality solutions in following areas:
  • Design of Housing for Avionics and Automotive equipment
  • Design of Racks, ATRs, Jigs & Fixtures, Heat sink, RF shield for Electronic Equipment
  • Sheet Metal Design, Milled Box and Extrusion type design as per application requirement
  • Plastics Design for commercial applications
  • Support for 3D printing for quick prototype build
  • Conversion of legacy paper design to CAD format

Electronic CAD Engineering Services

Accord offers CAD services for the design of electronic hardware items. Accord has a highly skilled CAD team to cater to in-house designs and external design services. The ECAD Teams have expertise in designing high-speed multilayer boards, mixed signal boards and RF boards.

Accord is well versed with IPC 2222 guidelines, DFM and DFT requirements.

Accord has good Experience in using industry popular CAD tools such as Orcad, Concept HDL, Cadence Allegro, Altium and Mentor Graphics

Accord offers the following services in this area:
  • Schematics design and netlist generation
  • Library creation
  • Multilayer Board design
  • Thermal Analysis
  • Signal Integrity Analysis
  • DFT/DFM Analysis
  • Conversion of legacy paper design to electronic form
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System Safety & Reliability Analysis

Accord has Proven expertise in performing safety analysis for various Aerospace Line replaceable units using specially developed in-house tools to compute the MTBF per MIL-217F-HDBK or 217-Plus standards.

Accord is well versed in performing Preliminary System Safety Assessment (PSSA), System Safety Assessment (SSA) which includes FMEA (Failure Mode and Effect Analysis), FTA (Fault Tree Analysis) and FHA (Fault Hazard Analysis).

Accord offers services in System Safety Assessment in accordance with SAE ARP4761A guidelines.

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Hardware Tools

Accord Engineering is well versed in the using the lab equipment\tools listed below:

  • Spectrum Analyzers
  • Signal Generators
  • Logic Analyzer
  • Vector Signal Analyzer
  • Arbitrary waveform Generators
  • Digital Oscilloscopes
  • Multifunction Counters
  • Agilent multi-channel data logger (22 channel, Voltage, Current, Temp)
  • Orcad, Cadstar Viewer, Alegro, Pspice
  • CADENCE Concept HDL Ver. 16.01
  • CADENCE SI
  • Matlab / MathCAD Ver. 7.1
  • Temperature & Humidity Chamber
  • GPS-WAAS Signal Simulators
  • Interference generator (CW, Wideband, Pulsed)
  • Programmable Power supply and test benches
  • NI-CDAQ system and Labview Tools
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Development Tools

Over the lifetime of a project, several Development Suites and tools are used. The following are some of the tools and Suites that Accord has a good mixture of skills in:

  • VDSP Development Tools
  • ARM Development Tools
  • Greenhills Development Tools
  • PowerPC Development Tools
  • Cosmic Development Tools
  • Code Composer Studio
  • Code Warrior Suite
  • Windows Visio
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FPGA Tools

Accord’s experience in FPGA tools is not limited to, but includes the list shown below of some of the standard tools used in the industry:

  • XST, Synplify, SynplifyPro, PrecisionSynthesis
  • Xilinx ISE 9.1.3
  • Acterl’s Libero 6.0
  • Altera’s MAXPlusII
  • ModelSim SE and PE 6.2a
  • Actel’s Libero 6.0
  • Altera’s MAXPlusII
  • TransEDA VN-Cover
  • ChipScope Pro 9.1.02
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Accord Tools - Save on Licensing Cost


SW Life Cycle Tools

ReMa - Requirements Manager
  • Accord's Proprietary Requirement Management Tool with built-in Version Control
  • Generate Bidirectional Traceability
  • Conduct and Record Online Reviews of Documents
  • Export/Import to/from MS Word
  • Approved for use and Accepted in Aerospace Projects
SmartTester - Dynamic Analyser of C Code
  • Conduct Low Level/intergration Testing of C Source code
  • Automated Pass/Fail Result Generation
  • Built-in Coverage Analyser
  • Suitable for all DALs - A through E
  • Tool Qualified per DO-178C
CodeTrax - Static C Code Analyser
  • Verify compliance to Accord's Coding Standards
  • Determine Code Complexity
  • Generate Data Dictionary
  • Generate Control Coupling Information

Enterprise Tools

Project Planner
  • Plan and Excute your project with ease!
  • Gantt and PERT Chart generation
  • Reminders and Notifications by email
  • Accesses Global employee database via LDAP
Smart Tracker
  • Accord's Defect Tracking Tool
  • Configurable for use in various processes - defect tracking, ticket tracking, HR, Admin, Quality
  • Notifications by email

SW Building Blocks

OASYS
  • Developed for Avionics Applications
  • Implements the complete ARINC 653 Part 1 Basic Services and supports space and time partitioning concepts
  • Certified in DO-78B Life Cycle Process Avioinics Application
ARINC 615 Data Loader
  • This software library implements the data loading protocol described by ARINC 615A standards.
  • Implements the TFTP protocol with a lower level UDP-IP stack
Implements the TFTP protocol with a lower level UDP-IP stack
  • implements the APIs required for rendering 2D and 3D graphics for Safety Critical profile.