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What we do and how we do it

VECTOR BLUE HUB is part of VECTOR GROUP – a privately owned company which values responsibility, top quality, good business relations, and people who dream big and boldly put their ideas into practice. We have been on the telecommunication market for over 30 years, delivering advanced devices to top players and the world’s largest Multiple System Operators (MSOs). With all our knowledge and the experience we have gained, we apply our craftsmanship to bring your ideas to life.

From Wild Idea to Reality™

The design of contemporary connected devices requires extensive knowledge and vast experience. It starts from complex standards, high-speed signal integrity, and complex RF signal characteristics. When the main assumptions are in place, we develop sophisticated firmware together with embedded software and then move on to the mechanical designs and thermal management.

The first phase of design ends while all required product features are defined and concluded in the Product Requirement Document. Product Owners and engineering artists do not have an easy job: they must take into account temperature ranges, the user interface, electrical parameters, EMC, weather sealing, safety and many other regulations. A complete Product Requirement Document means we can start the second phase: prototype validation and market tests to validate your idea and prepare it for production.

Finally, the New Product Introduction phase starts, which involves cooperation between R&D and manufacturing engineering teams. As a result, a minimum viable product is produced which has sufficient features to satisfy early adopters.

The last stage is manufacturing. Having received the guidelines from the construction department, production managers set up the main standards and resources to start production. Depending on the client’s requirements, we are capable of low- and medium-volume manufacturing.

The whole process of bringing your idea to life is properly supervised in order to eliminate the risk of creating a non-compliant product. That's why we introduced a Stage-Gate Process, each step of which requires specific technical documentation and fulfilment of checklists.

Prototypes Ready for Market Testing™

There is no serious design without prototyping and simulations. Everything starts with cost estimations by the Senior Engineer and the Project Manager. At the same time, the Senior Engineer prepares the High-Level Design document, which describes the basic principles of operation, the technologies involved, the proposed architecture and the key components.

This phase, which concludes with a working prototype for Market Tests and Prototype Validation, is quite complex and requires special tools to proceed without losing our flexible approach. Our engineering team has spent many long hours in the thermal chambers of our laboratory working with state-of-the-art analysers and simulating RF signals. They examine thermal flows on powerful computers. They climb poles to perform tests in the field. Why do they do this? Because we firmly believe that today's prototyping process requires our commitment, flexibility and absolute diligence.

Our R&D engineers work hand in hand with other departments. There is an only single wall separating the manufacturing facility from the R&D laboratory. This allows us to play the agility game on the highest level. Close cooperation with manufacturing engineers allows us to do CNC machining of prototypes or short batches, fast PCB assembly on state-of-the-art SMT machines. In case the challenge is bigger than we thought, VECTOR BLUE HUB has strong support from the experts of the Polish Academy of Science and Technical University of Gdańsk in the field of sophisticated thermal analysis.

Preparation for mass production

Once the prototype finally meets your expectations and market tests are successful, it’s time to implement the New Product Introduction phase. Establishing a solid process in line with the Client’s requirements is the foundation for a successful product launch.

Our NPI process involves a lot of cross-functional communication. All our teams work with Agile methodologies as we believe this is the most effective way to work with frequently changing requirements and environments and design a repeatable production process and continuous integration of changes in the Bill of Materials (BOM). No matter the quantity, we are able to optimize production of the most challenging electronic devices in the most cost-effective way – from hundreds to hundreds of thousands of units.

Manufacturing – low and medium volume

The last stage is manufacturing. Having received the guidelines from the construction department, our engineers define the production process. Production managers set the main standards and identify the necessary resources. The product implementation process is closely monitored by the manufacturing and construction engineers responsible for the project.

Manufacturing processes are adjusted to each individual project to optimize them in line with TQM principles, Kaizen philosophy and Lean Manufacturing. Our Quality Control team makes sure that each stage of the process – the collection of the requirements, design, prototyping, manufacturing, logistics and service – is properly supervised in order to eliminate the risk of creating a non-compliant product – all to achieve 99.999% availability for your electronic device.

We have designed

CWDM optical transmitters
- low-noise optical broadband receivers,
optical nodes (fiber to copper, copper to fiber converters)
broadband amplifiers (5 to 1218MHz), remote powering
highly linear RF output stages
low noise amplifiers
analogue frontends for transceivers
narrow band microwave amplifiers
patch antennas
multistage frequency converters
DVB-C/T receivers and transmitters
- DDS based multichannel broadband modulators (XILINX K7)
FPGA based HW acceleration of network functions of CPUs
software based video multiplexer
- multichannel digital broadband upconverters (XILINX K7)
19’ 1RU/2RU signal routers
19’ 1RU telecommunication modulators
MPEG video HW based decoders
- Communication systems for controlling field equipment (ISM radio, cable, GSM and LTE)
- Artix 7 XILINX FPGA based narrow-band IoT base stations
- 2x10GbE-fed software radio frontends based on Altera A1150 and high-performance DACs (12Gs/s) and ADC (1Gs/s)
Power PC based high performance WiFi access points
- MoCA 2.0-based access loops for FFTH

Tools we use

Agilent/Keysight - ADS for RF/microwave simulations
Python-based math environment for signal-processing simulations
Cadence Allegro / OrCAD CIS, PADS for PCB design
LTSpice, PSpice for circuit simulations

Technologies we are familiar with

NFC
GSM
ISM radio
Sigfox
DOCSIS
Xilinx & Intel FPGAs
MoCa
DVB
MPEG
10GbE
PCIe
DDR
DDS
SDR
DWDM
CWDM
PowerPC
ARM
PIC
x86
Linux
FreeRTOS
BSD
containers
virtual machines
cloud

Mechanics

3D scanning
3D printing
in-house CNC milling
SolidWorks with flow simulation
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