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System and Board Design

Impulse has over 20 years’ experience in assisting our customers to achieve their exact requirements for their industrial and embedded computing platforms.  Ranging from a baseboard design right through to bespoke server racks, our extensive knowledge helps our customers to a fast time to market for their product with a minimum amount of effort and cost, and is part of the project management service we offer to all of our customers.
  • Full consultancy and design service to meet your exact requirements
  • Over 20 years’ experience in board and system design and development
  • Established partnerships with industry leading manufacturers
  • Quick and efficient design service for faster time to market
  • Comprehensive prototyping service to confirm proof of concept
  • Flexible fabrication services ensure your design ideas comes to life

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OEM/ODM Board Design

Impulse works closely alongside a carefully chosen range of leading-edge board manufacturers to support our customers requiring OEM and ODM board-level design and manufacture assisting them technically and commercially to achieve their exact board specification within a specific timeframe and to budget.

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Board Customisation Services (“Q-Service”)

Impulse also works closely with our chosen board manufacturers to support our customers requiring minor board-level customisation, which we call our “Q-Service”.  Our customisation options range from a removal of some I/O, a change in port layout or even removal of components which may not be required.

Reasonable MOQ volumes allow our customers to achieve their required board specification at an affordable cost and with a fast time to market.  Impulse can also offer design, engineering and technical support assistance for baseboard design and manufacture of our complete range of COM (computer on-module) and SOM (system-on-module) products offering a complete board system solution.

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Firmware and BIOS Customisation

Impulse can assist in creating and supplying custom BIOS for your applications ensuring revision control and systems settings are maintained throughout the lifetime of the product.

Custom BIOS and firmware support packages not only improve system performance and reliability but also reduce the customer’s valuable time and cost when field failures occur.

Impulse also offer support with creating re-distributable BIOS upgrades on USB sticks. With the introduction of the UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) which is now available on new boards, it is now possible in most cases to change BIOS settings and even upgrade BIOS’ from the OS level or remotely.

Our BIOS support capabilities include:


  • Custom default CMOS settings ensuring your system is recoverable should power be lost
  • Custom BIOS to promote customer branding
  • Display BIOS support for specific LCD pairing requirements
  • BIOS upgrades for new board revisions and backward compatibility issues

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LCD to Board Pairing Services

Often to make a system design compact and price competitive enough to meet various embedded applications, LCD flat panels have been widely adopted as the display device to reduce the footprint of the complete product. As there is no standard interface available when connecting embedded computer boards directly through a digital TTL or LVDS interface issues can arise when direct interfacing of embedded boards and LCDs are required. Customisation of the board display BIOS, customised cable design and use of correct interface boards can determine how quickly and successfully this pairing requirement is completed.

Impulse can help you to eliminate these potential pitfalls with over fifteen years’ experience in pairing our comprehensive series of single board computers to LCD flat panels via traditional STN, TFT and LVDS digital interfaces. We have extensive experience with AUO, NEC, LG, Hitachi and other main manufacturers of LCD panels. Impulse can also assist with the display BIOS, interface boards and cable design support to ensure a smooth and fast development cycle for your customised product solution. Impulse also has a range “plug and play” combinations of board and panel for immediate purchase eliminating any development time and offering fast time to market for your product.

In addition, Impulse can supply VGA/DVI and video driver boards for easy connectivity, touchscreens and touchscreen controllers and can also assist with any mechanical fabrication required to produce a custom panel computing platform specifically designed for your application. Further enhancements to our range of LCD panels are also available including:


  • Optical bonding options
  • Touch integration (Resistive, Capacitive, IR, SAW and PCT)
  • Anti-reflection solutions
  • High brightness capability

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Bespoke System Design, Prototyping and Fabrication

Often to make a system Impulse has also forged close links with a number of local partners such as fabricators and engineering companies that are capable of delivering customised, cost-effective bespoke solutions to support our customers’ projects. Their range of capabilities includes customised chassis and enclosures using metalwork, plastic and RIM moulding fabrication techniques to OEM/ODM board design services.

Together with our local fabrication and engineering partners, we have a wide variety of project experience and have completed a number of bespoke designs for our customers. Our partners are capable of manufacturing bespoke solutions directly from the customers’ specification outline or from existing CAD drawings. In many cases customers utilise our prototyping service, which allows them the flexibility to modify their design and systems to meet their exact requirements through a series of iterative design, prototyping and testing procedures. Throughout the prototyping process our own qualified engineers can help support the project with extensive system development and product testing and our project managers help to bring all elements of the project together in line with our customers’ timescales and budgets.

Where many of our competitors are tied to single source supply, Impulse has the ability to pick and choose the best components on the market, allowing us to offer customers more in terms of flexibility and most importantly functionality. With our extensive systems integration experience in designing, building and configuring industrial and embedded platforms, customers can rest assured that Impulse will pair components up to complement each other. This helps ensure the best levels of system performance, reliability and environmental longevity.

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System Customisation Services (“Q-Service”)

As well as our bespoke system design services, Impulse also has the capability of working closely with our manufacturing partners to deliver a customised version of an existing off-the-shelf product, which we call our “Q-service”. This may include a specific customised I/O requirement, additional system capability or even cosmetic changes to the system chassis to reflect the customer’s corporate livery or branding. With low MOQs and minimal cost, Impulse can offer a wide range of customised “Q-service” systems offering a faster time to market solution, at a fraction of the expense of a full bespoke design making it ideal for lower volume system requirements. Please call our technical sales team for more information regarding our “Q-service” capability.

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Sub-Contract Assembly

In addition to our bespoke and customised design service, Impulse also builds sub-contract solutions for many of our customers using their own vendor specifications. Most of these contracts include sourcing of all the components on the bill of materials, controlling the supply chain of all these components whilst building and testing the system to the exact specifications required.

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