Design Review

Design Review:


Uncovering design flaws in the lab is expensive! Uncovering them in the field is even worse! Functional tests do not uncover design flaws that can cause marginal behaviour; nor will functional tests show poor EMI performance or noise sensitivity. Only a thorough design review can maximize the chance of first pass success.

Having San Micros review your design is a cost effective way to avoid design flaws. All our design review clients have found value in these services.

We engage in several levels of design review:

Architectural Review
We are engaged with our client early in the development process. We will review their architecture plans early in the design processes, providing important design guidance, such as power and ground management, EMI management, and performance analysis. Clients that utilize our services in this early stage usually continue to engage us in an Implementation Review.

Implementation Review
We cover a wide array of items that that are critical in design implementation for the schematic & PCB layout designs. We frequently spare our clients the cost and schedule impact of having additional build iterations by resolving design flaws prior to build. Some of the items that we examine in our reviews are the following:

Schematic Review

  • Signal Integrity
  • BOM Review
  • Timing Analysis
  • Functionality
  • Connectivity
  • Power Design
  • Pull-ups
  • Voltage Compatibility
  • Decoupling
  • Design for Testability

Layout Review

  • Placement
  • Routing
  • Power
  • EMI
  • Footprints
  • Silkscreen
  • Design for Testability