Firmware development services

Custom firmware development is one of the core competencies of EnCata. Our engineers have developed embedded systems solutions for medical devices, military, aerospace, logistics, agricultural, lab applications, smart services, and the Internet of Things.

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Embedded System Development

Practically no modern smart device will be able to work without firmware. Our company works at all stages of creating a new product. Therefore, embedded system development is a significant part of our everyday work. For simple devices, we prefer to design with a controller firmware using C and for multifunctional devices, we like to use Linux Embedded.

From our experience, the best results are achieved when having hardware development and firmware programming in one working team. In this case, hardware capabilities of microcontrollers and functionality of software libraries and stacks from manufacturers will be effectively used.

60+ Engineers

We act as your extended R&D team which is faster than hiring engineers locally. The breadth of our technical expertise is unique.

Development Speed

Our dedicated team is ready to scale up quickly. We utilize AGILE lean development process that leads to 30-50% faster delivery.

Burn rate


Our development location enables us to be cost-effective and deliver premium R&D and engineering services at 1/3 of the price compared to that of in N-W Europe and USA.

Design Engineering

Custom firmware development services

The embedded software development process usually consists of the following stages:
- writing terms of reference;
- analysis of requirements for completeness and consistency;
- selection of ready-to-use libraries and implementations of third-party software stacks;
- embedded system architecture development;
- firmware programming and coding;
- code testing;
- preparation of necessary documentation.

The architecture  development is the most important step in the process of firmware programming, which allows you to be flexible and make changes in accordance with the changing requirements of the market. It also reduces the efforts to support projects in the long run.

Product R&D
and Consultancy

Often, the development of electronics for new products requires research and experiments. It is almost impossible to make a new product with unique properties based on old technical solutions. Interference filtering, power supply management, radio signal interaction, and interference modeling require an iterative approach to find the right solution. Therefore, it is important to make a clear plan that coincides with the goals of the product. As a result, the research will not turn into a nightmare for the budget.

Enclosure Design

Designing electronics is closely related to the development of the device body. Protection from moisture and dust requires the development of complex sealing contours. This worsens the heat removal. Connectors and buttons make it difficult to seal. We design enclosures with several sealing circuits, and we are able to work with compounds for sealing electronics. When we design the enclosure, we make sure to take into account all the details and necessary components that must be in the product.

Computer Simulations

Numerical modeling is often used at the first stages of a product development. When designing an electronic device, it is important to take into account the operating conditions of the system. Creating computer simulations allows us to simulate processes with just calculations.This greatly simplifies embedded software development because it can help us identify inaccuracies before we start manufacturing. During the CFD research, we check the ventilation design and gather information for the cooling system design.

Custom electronics design

Electrical Engineering

We have mechanical and electronics engineers in our team, working under one roof. It helps us to consider heat dissipation, antenna arrangement, condensation in the enclosure, convenience of assembly of electronic and mechanical parts, and wiring.

Low volume Manufacturing

Preparation of CAD files is a standardized procedure. However, experience and collaboration helps to save time and money. Necessary equipment and tooling, COGS and lead time could be highly affected by the several numbers in the technical documentation of your product.

Reverse Engineering

Using reverse engineering gives obvious benefits. Since you are not reinventing the wheel during the mechanical design stage, you are both saving time and reducing the costs. However, reverse engineering is not a good idea for the main features of a product. In this case, your product will always fall  behind your competitors.

Design Engineering

Solutions for your product embedded systems

The range of services for embedded software development depends on what has already been done in the project and what competencies your team has.

The most common task is to develop firmware from scratch. At the beginning of the process, our analysts and engineers communicate a lot with the Client. Our team relies on the Client’s view and understanding of the product, and consequently collects the requirements from the standpoint of business, functionality and development. Before beginning with the design, we formulate terms of reference where we consider the Client’s goals and expectations with our work experience and possibilities.

EnCata has a great experience working with startups and inventors, mainly led by innovators and engineers with a technical background. Amateur electronics and platforms like Arduino, Adafruit and Sparkfun make it possible to develop hardware and software for MVPs in a short time. Startup teams are, therefore, able to assemble a prototype of the device and implement the minimum functionality of the embedded software. They can then turn to EnCata to redesign the firmware and prepare it for mass production with a clear understanding of what their team needs to achieve.
We are often approached by companies that develop top-level software. For them, we develop hardware and lower-level software. In this case, we talk a lot with engineers on the Customer's side and adjust the firmware architecture to the requirements and restrictions set by the software architecture.

We are often approached by companies that develop software, for whom we develop hardware and firmware. In these cases, we communicate with the engineers from the Customer's side and adjust the firmware architecture to the requirements and restrictions set by the software.

How to start a Product Development with EnCata?

Product Development Technology Stack

PCBA design

PCB board design: Analog, digital, optical, and RF design
Board layout: mixed signal / high speed / high layer count
Flex-PCB design

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Battery management systems (BMS)
AC/DC and DC/DC design for high battery life

Electronic circuit design and schematic capture
Design for manufacturability/testability (DFM/DFT)

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wireless interfaces design

Wireless systems:  Bluetooth® (BT) & LBE,  Wi-Fi/WLAN (802.11), RFID, NFC

Custom electronics design

STM 32,  NXP chips, Nordic chips, Texas Instruments (TI)
8/16/32 bit MCU development

Arduino family
Raspberry family

Cellular: 2G, 3G, 4G, GSM, GPRS
GPS / Beidou /
NB-IoT,  LTE Cat-M


PID controllers
Physical algorithms development

Engagement Models

We focus on the entire product/service lifecycle, from concept to implementation to market launch.  EnCata’s knowledge, resources and innovation development expertise allow our clients to develop and expand their businesses faster and leaner.

Some hardware Projects we delivered

Work that highlights the incredible technologies, solutions, and products EnCata developed.

Industries We serve

Our hardware engineers are focus on the entire product/service lifecycle, from concept to implementation to market launch.  EnCata’s knowledge, resources and innovation development expertise allow our clients to develop and expand their businesses faster and leaner.

FAQ related to Product development

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IP ownership when working with EnCata

When working with our clients we sign a contract where all the intellectual property to be generated during the R&D and engineering development belongs to the customer.

Do you sign NDAs?

Yes. As a highly professional design and engineering firm, we make sure that all discussions with our clients and all information regarding your invention, idea and other proprietary information are kept confidential.

How do I make sure EnCata does not "steal" my idea?

Aside from being a reputable company which does not steal ideas, EnCata's entire business model is based on delivering premium R&D, design and industrial prototyping services to our clients. As soon as we stole one client’s idea, our entire business would be ruined. Also, as we are not contract manufacturers (OEM or ODM), we wouldn’t be able to benefit from a stolen idea even if we wanted to.  This is definitely not a worry for our clients.

Patent or Develop first?

We follow a LEAN approach in product and business development and thus we strongly recommend patent filings only after you are  at least part-way through development. This is because patenting is expensive and early patents can already become obsolete or irrelevant later in the development phase. Typically, EnCata's work generates many patentable opportunities for our clients  and the best strategy is to file patents at TRL-7, i.e. when early beta prototype is ready and when a startup is ready to start batch production and marketing.

There is, however, another strategy, which is to use provisional patents which can be loose and are not to be disclosed to the public for 18 months. These are much less expensive and time consuming, generally costing below $500. EnCata will always sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement and keep your intellectual property confidential during the development phase and then we can recommend several third-party patent attorneys when the time is right.

Can EnCata consult me or help me with my existing design?

Whether you need to validate, evaluate or review your design, concept, 3D model, BOM or drawings, our experienced manufacturing, mechanical and electronics engineers are ready to help.

EnCata’s engineering consultancy service will allow you to critically reassess your project and help reach your goals while keeping the process cost-effective. To read more about the TRL and learn why it is useful, please procees to our blog.

What are typical project EnCata engaged with?

EnCata develops integrated Hardware and Software solutions for a variety of industries. We are engaged in multiple domains like IoT, robotics, medTech and IoMT, aerospace, agriculture, consumer products and many others. It is possible to work with such a wide variety of industries because we have multidomain expertise and utilize a cross-disciplinary product development approach.

I would like to do prototyping myself. Is it possible with EnCata?

Generally speaking, we do not allow clients to work on EnCata's manufacturing premises.

What does work, however, is that EnCata can manufacture prototype parts and the startup team can assemble thea prototype in our MakeIT Center hackerspace.  Alternatively, the startup can design and build the prototype themselves in our hackerspace.  We operate this free-access space in Minsk and we are currently working on expanding a hackerspace network worldwide.

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