General Dynamics Corp. Ltd

Overview

One of the world’s fast moving fields in engineering is Electronics. This is because it is almost impossible to find an industry or business that does not benefit in some way from electronic circuits.
General Dynamics Corp Ltd is a company used as a vehicle to provide the specialised professional consulting and engineering services of myself, Kevin Parkinson, and my colleagues to clients both internationally and in New Zealand. I consider it a high priority to keep abreast of the latest technologies.
I specialise in electronic design and development for clients. I often arrange for the manufacture of prototypes from ideas presented to me. Creating a final product that is robust and reliable for my clients is my goal. All intellectual property remains in the ownership of my clients.

If you are considering designing a circuit or a product with something electronic inside it, you are in the right place. I have the electronic expertise to assist you in any of the following areas:

Analogue
In a world of increasing application notes and application-specific integrated circuits, pure analogue design is in short supply in many companies. I have a good depth of analogue electronic design expertise in discrete analogue and high common mode, low noise, high impedance amplifiers. Also other configurations of integrators, differentiators, gyrators and the like. Added to this is a broad experience of PCB layout and RF techniques.

Embedded Intelligence
Over the years I have used many embedded processors of 8 bit, 16 bit or 32 and 64 bit designs; typical devices may be 8051, ARM7, ARM9, Intel or Texas Instruments’ devices.
Often where extreme speed is required there is no better solution that pure logic. In this case I often use a programmable logic device, a CPLD for small tasks or FPGA for larger ones. These days I can offer greater levels of integration by including the CPU inside the FPGA using a “soft core”. The end result is a single chip solution delivering lower cost, greater speed, smaller size and great flexibility. We specialise in designing FPGA solutions using a number of chips such as Altera, Microsemi and Atmel.

Software
I design low level software for embedded systems. Applications for microchips are numerous but could typically be for: equipment control, test environments,  communication systems etc.
I design programmable logic for FPGA’s using Verilog and VHDL for extreme speed and parallel processing.
In designing hardware, I programme at machine-code level, using assembly language if speed or code efficiency is required. By fully understanding the requirements and by having control of both software and hardware, I offer a solution that is optimised for the scale of the production.

 

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