Electronic Design


Board design

Orthogone designs digital and mixed-signal printed circuit boards (PCB) from your requirement specifications to production-ready products. Our hardware engineers have a proven track record of designing complex, high-speed, and high-density PCBs in a single revision, while maintaining an exceptional quality. We are known for designing complex, robust, and reliable PCBs often used in telecommunications infrastructures, defense, and aerospace industries. Our team can also undertake simpler electronic design projects in a quick turnaround time providing a fast ROI for your projects.  

Technical Expertise - Board design

  • High-speed multi-gigabit transceivers up to 10Gbps
  • High-speed memory interfaces (DDR-2, DDR-3, RLDRAM)
  • High-density PCBs (multiple FPGAs / DSP / Processors)
  • Computer peripheral interfaces (PCI, PCI-X, PCIe Gen. 3, x16)
  • High-speed data converters ADC / DAC (JESD 204B)
  • Low-jitter clock generation and distribution
  • Mixed-signal and RF design (up to 10GHz)
  • Broadband wireless integrated transceivers (up to 6GHz)
  • Ethernet transceivers and switches
  • Power supply design (isolated / non-isolated DC/DC converters, low-noise, hot-swapping and redundant power systems)
  • Analog design, line interface transceivers, MEMS and sensors
  • Optical interfaces design


We have extensive design experience with several Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools, such as:

Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools

  • Mentor Graphics DxDesigner, CES
  • Mentor Graphics PADS, Expedition
  • Altium Designer
  • Cadence OrCAD


Microprocessor / Microcontroller Design

The development of microprocessor/microcontroller is one of Orthogone's core competencies. Whether your project needs a complex high power network processor or a low-footprint microcontroller, we can design the hardware and the firmware of your product in a quick turnaround time. We can also develop and integrate firmware on your hardware platform.

We have developed several microprocessor/microcontroller solutions. These range from highly-integrated embedded processor to high-performances network communication processors capable of processing millions of packets per seconds.

Our software engineering consultants can help architect, design, verify, and integrate all your platform's firmware and software elements. We are known to excel in many software engineering fields such as memory/processing optimization, distributed or centralized processing, and redundant systems.

Technical Expertise - Microprocessor/Microcontroller Design

  • NXP, PowerQUICC, QorIQ, i.MX-5x/6x
  • NXPColdFire/68k
  • ARM-Based Processors
  • Texas Instrument DSP DaVinci, TMSx, OMAP
  • FPGA Embedded Processor (NIOS, micro-blaze, PPC)
  • XMOS, XScale, PICx
  • High-speed Memory Controller (DDR-2, DDR-3, RLDRAM)
  • Direct Memory Access (DMA) controller
  • Computer peripheral interfaces (PCI, PCI-X, PCIe Gen. 3, x16)
  • Ethernet transceivers and switches
  • Other peripherals: SPI, I2C, CAN, LIN, RS-232, RS-422/485
  • Security Processors
  • We have extensive experience with several operating systems(OS) READ MORE


Signal Integrity

Orthogone has been providing expert signal integrity consulting services for several years. Our team of experts has worked closely with our customers to help them solve and prevent signal integrity and timing problems. We use a highly pragmatic approach to ensure your design is properly constrained and meet your requirements. Our internal design flow includes signal integrity analysis that accurately correlates with lab measurements and verification. We can intervene at any stage of the design of your product, for example during:

  • PCB stack up design & optimization
  • Pre-layout simulation & routing topologies
  • Post-layout simulation
  • 2D/3D EMI/EMC analysis

The next tables provide an overview of our expertise and capabilities in Signal Integrity:

Technical Expertise - Signal Integrity Analysis

Memory Controller: LP/DDR-2,3,4

High-Speed Transceivers

    Signal Integrity & Timing Verification:
  • Full signal integrity verification as per JEDEC standards
  • On-Die Termination (ODT) selection and optimization
  • Crosstalk simulations
  • Memory controller timing closure for micro-processor, ASIC/ASSP, FPGA, SoC
  • Batch mode simulations  to ensure design margin over Process, Voltage, Temperature (PVT)
    IBIS-AMI Simulations for ASIC, FPGA, SoC:
  • AGC, CDR, Equalizer simulations and optimization
  • Jitter modeling and simulations
  • Channel modeling:
  • Insertion loss budget analysis
  • Connectors modeling and geometries optimization
  • Crosstalk simulations
  • Serial protocol expertise:
  • PCI Express (Gen. 1, 2, 3)
  • JESD-204B
  • 10G, 40G, 100G Ethernet
  • HDMI
  • High-Speed backplane
  • Custom FPGA SerDes

Clock Generation & Distribution

Lab Characterization and Measurements

  • Phase noise optimization
  • Jitter modeling and simulations
  • Jitter link budget analysis
  • Eye Diagram
  • Jitter
  • Cross-Talk
  • S-Parameters

We have extensive design experience with several Signal Integrity tools, such as:

Signal Integrity tools

  • Mentor Graphics HyperLynx
  • Mentor Graphics DDR-x Timing Simulator

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Our achivements

Smart Sensors for Automotive Applications

One of our customers had an acute requirement to design a cost effective, highly integrated smart sensor for automotive applications.

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“Our project with Orthogone – the development of control algorithms of adaptive antennas for military and industrial use – was a great success. We were able to attain a 2X increase in data rates in networks using these schemes.

Orthogone has assembled the best programmers, system architects and hardware designers for embedded systems. They are top notch gurus in their field and I would recommend them to any organization in need of technical solutions.”

- François Gagnon, Ing., Ph. D
École de technologie supérieure

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