Firmware development services

One of the core EnCata's competencies is firmware and embedded software systems development. We assist startups, SME, enterprise-level businesses in the development of low-level software.

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Embedded software outsourcing

Practically no modern smart device is able to function without firmware. EnCata works at all stages of a new product development, and provides embedded software development services for such industries as Consumer & Wearables devices, AgriTech & Smart Farming, Сlean Tech, Robotics and Healthcare.

Based on our experience, you will shorten your project by 2-5 months if you develop hardware and firmware within the same team. The best outcomes are obtained when firmware programming and hardware development are handled by the same group of specialists.

Our team includes not only Embedded Firmware Development specialists, but also Electronics Developers and PCB Designers. We work with the most demanded technologies - from Bare metal to Linux Embedded.

Embedded software architecture development:

Algorithmic processing on the MCU;
Digital processing of the DSP signals;
Development of interfaces for communication with PCs and other devices.

Firmware optimization. Design review:

Refinement of the software source code for the customer's needs;
Refactoring the code of the existing firmware.

Programming processors and microcontrollers:


Embedded software development: 

For devices without an operating system (Bare Metal)

Integrated Development Environment:

Development without OS (Superloop);
Development with the use of RTOS
Development with the use of ROS.

Testing and Integration:

Bring up;
Testing and debugging;

Product Development Technology Stack

Texas Instruments (TI)

Linux Embedded
C /C# / C++
VHDL / Verilog




Ethernet, 1-Wire

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Our development cycle

1. Requirements elicitation and analysis.

2. Selection of ready-to-use libraries and implementation of third-party software stacks.

3. Embedded system architecture development.

4. Firmware programming and coding.

5. Code testing.

6. Documents preparation.



All-in-house services

Our team is able to work not only on firmware. EnCata’s electronics engineers will develop and manufacture prototypes of printed circuit boards on which this firmware can be debugged. Our industrial designers will realize your vision of the product design. Design engineers will develop enclosures for printed circuit boards based on your vision and design actuators. You can order the first batch of your product for testing in focus groups or for sale to early adopters.


Cross-domain expertise

At EnCata, you can get a high-quality assessment and services based on any of the Cynefin Model systems.We develop from small user devices to complex analytical equipment. Our portfolio includes 350+ projects from 20 industries. The accumulated expertise from multiple industries enables us to find unconventional solutions for complex, confusing, chaotic projects.


We focus on your business

EnCata has 7 years of experience working on projects for startups, SME and large businesses. Our clients are from the USA, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Nigeria, South Africa, Kazakhstan. We have experience working with various business models and corporate cultures, which enables us to rapidly adapt to your business processes and concentrate on the end result.

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FAQ related to Product development

At EnCata, what kinds of contracts do you use? Is it a fixed-term or an agile contract?

EnCata works with both fixed term and agile contracts.

Can you provide me with a certification of competence?

EnCata employs around 30 engineers with Master's and PhD degrees in electrical and industrial design, mechanical engineering, prototyping and manufacturing from European universities. Each employee is an expert in his or her field.

What level of training do your specialists have?

The majority of specialists are of middle or senior levels. Their range of influence is broad enough to encompass the entire new product lifecycle. Our specialists resolve legal and certification difficulties during the concept stage, optimize production costs during the 3D model development process and create necessary documentation for firmware support. Juniors make up only 15% of the team. They constantly upgrade their qualifications under the supervision of seniors.

Is it possible for us to cooperate with EnCata’s team?

EnCata is always willing to work with its client. We have everything we need to create a collaborative site. Both parties can work on the project simultaneously. The Customer, for instance, and his/ her team designs the electronics while we work on the enclosure. When teams work together to achieve a fantastic result, it is always a win scenario.

Is it possible to discuss the project with your technical team?

EnCata’s team is always willing to discuss all the necessary details about the project proposed. Our full-fledged team of professionals will interrogate you until both parties are satisfied with the procedures necessary to complete the job.

Can EnCata facilitate mass production?

It certainly can. For any product, EnCata creates a design documentation package and a process documentation package that is suited to the production. It should be noted, however, that the technologists at the customer's chosen plant may make changes or impose their own requirements on the documentation design. EnCata, in turn, makes it easier for the client and the technologist to communicate. EnCata does not mass produce, although it can undertake small-scale production at the request of customers.

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.

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.

Does EnCata outsource electronics services?

Our in-house professionals handle almost all electronics work, including interface design, protocol development, communication design, schematic design, PCB Design, Firmware design and battery management. If the Customer requires a service that Encata does not supply, we have partners that can meet that need.

Do you write program code, either software or firmware?

We certainly do. EnCata employs electronics specialists who deal with low-level firmware. We also have experts on staff who can implement high-level software code.

Are there hardware engineers in your team?

EnCata employs 12 mechanical and industrial designers and 10 electrical engineers with experience in hardware and firmware. Our team consists of middle and senior level engineers, who have 5+ years of field expertise and have already completed more than 300 projects.

What should I do now that I've approached you with my project idea?

1. Once you have approached us with the project, we conclude the NDA and send the information to the Sales Manager for further evaluation and project planning.
2. The Sales Manager or Sales Engineer will contact you to clarify your goals, requirements and tasks to accomplish. This process is very close to business analysis. When the details are agreed with you, a cost estimate and a quotation are prepared.
3. If you accept the quotation, we will prepare a Technical design specification to document scope of work and requirements and conclude an agreement.
4. After we've signed the agreements, we'll assign you a Project Manager who will gather a project team and report on the project progress.

Can EnCata help me with fundraising?

We do indeed help with fundraising through our large business network. However, we typically recommend startups to our partner VCs after we have done some work for the startup and learned more about the team and their core technology. This feedback and recommendation is of great value to all of the friendly VCs as it saves them much time and effort for due diligence.

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