• Electronics engineering specialists in a range of disciplines

    A very broad and complimentary skill set that ensures the best is gained from each development project


FFEI has amassed a wealth of experience and learning through the development of products – applied in practice and tested using state-of-the-art test equipment. Our large electronics engineering team is made up of an array of specialist disciplines – digital, analogue, FPGA definition, component engineering, PCB definition, simulation, verification, problem solving, EMC compliance and integration. A very broad and complimentary skill set that ensures the best is gained from each development project.

Analogue & digital data

We have a mix of both analogue and digital electronic engineers enabling analogue data to be extracted/captured (brightness/colour from scans, motion) and converted into digital. This allows us to manipulate image data and manage for distortions in components.

  • Make adjustments to counter performance of individual inkjet print head nozzles.
  • Compensate for lens affects to produce standardised image
  • Make adjustments for microscopic positional inaccuracies to improve image quality
  • Measure and adjust focus position (focus tracking)

Field programmable gate array (FPGA)

An FPGA is an integrated circuit designed for configuration after manufacturing. FFEI are experts in FPGA design using Very High speed hardware Description Language (VHDL). We use them across technology portfolios to increase performance

  • Time data correctly to print accurately at high speed
  • Enable a number of tasks to be completed concurrently e.g. what each individual nozzle has to print at any given instant
  • Enable the image capture of whole slides at maximum resolution in seconds
  • Synchronize scan/web to timed trigger signals as to when to send commands for next batch of data

Printed circuit boards (PCBs)

We have the in-house capability to define (fully customise) and check that PCBs are functioning correctly through both simulation and bench level testing – bringing a number of time and cost saving benefits.

  • Enables greater complexity, as we don’t need to convey complex specifications to third parties.
  • Our design expertise includes very high-speed signalling necessary both within and between components in our systems

Simulation capability

Throughout development we are able to simulate electronic and mechanical aspects prior to development. This significantly reduces design iterations, which affect time to market and physical testing required.

  • Material – How materials behave when different forces are applied, how it interacts with other materials/components and how it behaves in a certain shape
  • Electronic – Individual components, circuitry and whole systems can be electrically simulated to find and correct bugs, ensure design limits are fully explored and to enable early software development before the hardware has been procured


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