Board Design

Nuvation architects and develops digital and mixed-signal printed circuit boards (PCBs). We have an impressive track record for first-time-right PCBs, including high-speed, high-density, analog, and RF and wireless designs.

Services can include PCB layout and prototyping, pre-production design verification, regulatory certification, test fixture development, and transition to offshore manufacturing.


Areas of Expertise:

  • High-speed serial up to 14Gb/sec circuits (Fibre channel FC8, FDR InfiniBand, PCI Express Gen 3, HDMI, SATA, XAUI)
  • High-speed parallel (DDR memory interfaces, proprietary FPGA and DSB buses)
  • High-density/high-pincount designs, involving advanced PCB technology (microvias, via-in-pad, ultra-fine pitch BGAs)
  • Mixed-signal boards requiring noise/power isolation
  • Impedance-controlled, transducer-interfacing, and sensitive signal designs
  • RoHS/WEEE compliant Lead (Pb)-Free designs
  • EOL and cost-reduction redesigns
  • Quick-turn projects
  • DFM for high-yield, low-cost production
  • DFT (ICT coverage, JTAG test vector development)
  • DFx (volume production ready including BIST and test fixtures)

Project Examples

PCIe Infiniband Design

FDR Infiniband PCIe Add-in Card

• Mellanox InfiniBand to PCIe adapter
• 14.0625 Gbps single lane bitrate
• Xilinx Virtex-7 for video packet processing

video processing design

Video Processing System

• 480i to 1080p switching and windowing
• 20 SERDES IOs up to 6.25 Gbps
• Six Altera Stratix II GX FPGAs per board

Data Acquisition Design

Aerospace Data Acquisition System

24 independent data acquisition channels
Designed for months of operations in space
IPC class 3 manufacturing

Nuvation Battery Management System Design

Custom Battery Management System

BMS for liquid metal battery energy storage
36 channels, ±1mV accuracy
5 galvanically isolated ground domains