Do you need electronic product design for something that is not available on the market? Require a professional electronic circuit designer and/or printed circuit board (PCB)? Or perhaps a proof of concept? Maybe you just need some electronic experts to review your circuit schematic or PCB layout? Perhaps you need an embedded programming / coding expert? In any case, we are confident we can support your needs. We have a wealth of experience with electronic design, electronic development, electronic prototyping, electronic production advise, and firmware programming. We are proficient with various EDA tools and various OSs. We started using Protel in the 1990's, before it was rebirthed as Altium. We still use Protel/Altium if/when required, however prefer to use gEDA (and forks such as Lepton-EDA and pcb-rnd), and some times KiCAD or Eagle. We use gEDA because it is open-source and therefore can be integrated with our custom Python tools to auto create PCB footprints, auto create BOMs and price lists using the Octopart API https://octopart.com or Digikey API https://services.digikey.com. This allows automation of some of our services/skills, which requires less human hours, and therefore higher efficiency and lower development costs.
Our custom electronics experience is broad: analogue electronics, digital electronics, RF electronics, TI MSP430, ST STM32, FPGA, WiFi, Bluetooth, custom wireless protocols for long range, power management (PMIC), buck and boost converters, lithium (Li) battery charging, lithium polymer (Li-Po) battery charging, wireless induction charging, various sensor interfacing (IMU, accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers, image sensors, ultrasonics, IR, encoders, radar, laser range finders), various control interfacing (brushed DC motors, BLDC, servo motors, stepper motors, linear actuators, pneumatics, hydraulics). With a deep understanding of electronics, sensors and computer networking we find IoT devices straight forward. We even have a sewing machine for conductive thread and LilyPad's to embrace wearable technology.
We believe that a good electronics design will use a microcontroller (MCU) or microprocessor (MPU) that allows one to develop firmware (i.e. software for hardware), so the features/solutions are flexible and extendable. We have expensive experience with programming at all levels from embedded programming, to application programming, GUI programming, cross-platform development, and web development. We are Linux experts and confident with all programming languages (e.g. C, C++, Python to say the least) and all operating systems. Our desktop computers typically run Ubuntu/Debian and use VirtualBox to run all operating systems (OSX and Windows) at the same time.
A design wouldn't be complete without PCB assembly, prototyping, testing and debugging. We typically get our bare PCB's manufactured in China along with a stencil (about 5 days turn around time). We then use our reflow oven to do surface mount soldering, and the rest is done with a solering iron. We have tools and tricks of the trade for PCB surface mount and through hole rework. We are confident with manual soldering components down to the 0603 level.
The CTO of COLETEK (Luke Cole) originally worked for Hemisphere GPS (purchased by AgJunction) as a "Robotics Engineer" implementing auto-guidance solutions for agriculture tractors and quadbikes. Luke Cole also worked at Location Aware Technologies (433) developing indoor tracking devices. And also worked for leading research institutes such as NICTA, CSIRO and ANU Robotics System Lab (lead by Alex Zelinsky).
Lance Cole has also worked at NICTA and has a background of various hardware development, such as working for a contract company to the US millary (EOS), building the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS).
Toowoomba has all the benefits of urban living without any of the big-city â€˜hasslesâ€™. Enjoy the best of both worlds, with relaxed lifestyle and family-friendly atmosphere, as well as easy access to the bright lights of Brisbane and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
Imagine affordable housing, comprehensive private and state educational options, an extensive health support network and excellent recreational facilities. Toowoomba also has a rich heritage and culture and features an eclectic mix of casual and metropolitan style cafÃ©s, with superb award-winning fine dining.
Excellent shopping facilities, local boutique wineries and antique outlets throughout the city provide the creature comforts of urban life with the charm of a regional city. This is why Toowoomba is a great choice for people wanting to escape the pressures of big city life, while still pursuing their career goals.
Toowoomba truly has something to offer everyone. So take your time to look around and youâ€™ll soon find out that thereâ€™s more to this â€˜Garden Cityâ€™ than meets the eyeâ€¦
Sitting atop the Great Dividing Range, at an altitude of more than 700 metres, Toowoomba is renowned for world-class gardens, attractive parks and tree-lined streets.
Retail and Wholesale businesses are the largest employers in the city, followed by health, community services, manufacturing and education. As a result, Toowoomba is a major service centre with a relatively large population of both professionals and semi professionals. Both manufacturing and service industries in Toowoomba employ a greater number of people when compared with the Queensland average.
The population of Toowoomba is predicted to increase by 1.4% per annum, to a population of 160,414 persons by 2021.