WHAT WE DO
Airspeed Electronics Ltd is an electronic design consultancy based in the United Kingdom. We specialise in designing high-reliability embedded systems for operation in demanding environments, such as aerospace, defence, and industrial applications. Our expertise covers systems engineering, software and hardware design disciplines. We focus on rapid prototype development, high integrity embedded systems design and conducting research studies into emerging electronic technology and applications.
STRUCTURED SYSTEM DESIGN
We are able to assist in developing system specifications, and then design, test and deploy solutions which meet these requirements.
We can respond to requirements for simple, standalone circuit card solutions, or more complex embedded systems. We employ a structured Systems Engineering process to ensure compliance with customer requirements.
We can assist our customers in describing their operational concept. This can be achieved in many ways. Graphical mock-ups are very powerful. We are happy to assist our customers in co-specifying system requirements based on their concepts
System Architecture definition using diagrammatic techniques, such as UML help to establish the main system components and interfaces. Usually this involves the use of data-flow, state charts and sequence diagrams. For high integrity designs, we employ FMEA techniques to identify potential system failure modes
We perform low level component selection, and capture electrical schematics in EDA tools such as Altium. We simulate analogue and power supply circuitry using SPICE modelling tools. We perform component de-rating analysis to ensure that all components are operating within safe operating limits.
SOFTWARE & FIRMWARE DEVELOPMENT
We develop real-time embedded software for microprocessors and microcontroller devices using 'C' language, typically implemented on ARM devices. We also have experience developing code for FPGAs and CPLDs using VHDL. We primarily use XILINX and ALTERA devices.
We have an in-house capability to fabricate prototype circuit cards using surface-mount components. We are also able to fabricate wiring harnesses and basic mechanical enclosures and fixtures.
INTEGRATE, TEST & EVALUATE
Following construction of the hardware and firmware components, we integrate the equipment and firmware together, and conduct integration and system level tests to ensure compliance with the customer requirements.
We are able to evaluate the reliability of the hardware design using FMECA and Fault Tree Analysis techniques.
Director & System Design Specialist
Airspeed Electronics Ltd was founded in the United Kingdom by Ben Cook in 2018. Ben has 20 years' experience in embedded systems, software and electronic hardware development for high performance aerospace and military applications, having worked in senior design roles at British Aerospace Defence, BAE SYSTEMS, Ferranti Technologies and MBDA Missile Systems. Ben has made a significant hands-on engineering contribution to the development of Eurofighter Typhoon and A400M Atlas military aircraft types, Sea/Land Ceptor Air Defence guided weapons, and numerous cutting-edge British military R&D programmes,