Electronic Design, Electronic Manufacturing, Product Development

Engineering, Circuit Board Design and Assembly of a Vehicle Diagnostics Laptop for the Automotive Industry

vehicle diagnostics circuit board
vehicle diagnostics circuit board
vehicle diagnostics circuit board
vehicle diagnostics circuit board
vehicle diagnostics circuit board
vehicle diagnostics circuit board
vehicle diagnostics circuit board
vehicle diagnostics circuit board

M.A.K.S, Incorporated not only provides top quality custom electronics design and assembly services, we specialize in optimizing the manufacturing process, providing our customers with premium electronics solutions at higher yields and lower prices. A leading provider of automotive engineering products and services contacted us about reviewing and possibly re-designing the electronic content of a laptop used to perform comprehensive vehicle diagnostics. The laptop connects to a vehicle's on-board computer, and is required to communicate through a large number of automotive communication protocols including CAN, FlexRay, and J1939.

After the initial review we were able to re-design the product to add new features, improve functionality and decrease production costs. The component count was reduced through more efficient circuit design and consolidation of similar discrete components, and cross-specification was used to source more cost-effective parts without sacrificing component quality. Manufacturing costs were further reduced and production yields were increased by improving the PCB layout. These changes resulted in a significant savings of about 20% of the production cost. PCBs incorporating BGA devices were produced using SMT assembly, and all components were tested for functionality to ensure proper performance of the finished product. The finished laptop features an LCD touchscreen interface with wireless, LAN, and USB connectivity. For more information about this project, see the table below, or contact us directly.

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Highlights of this Custom Electronics Design & Assembly Project

Product Name   Vehicle Diagnostics Laptop
Industry for Use   Automotive Industry
Product Description   This custom laptop performs diagnostics on vehicles simply by connecting to their on-board computer.
Can handle most automotive communication protocols, i.e.:
  • CAN
  • FlexRay
  • LIN
  • ISO-9141
  • J1708/1587
  • J1850
  • J1939
  • J2610
  • J2740
  • KW2000
  • OBD-II
  • UART
  • Wireless (802.11)
  • LAN (Ethernet)
  • USB
LCD touchscreen
Intel Dual-Core Processor
COM Express Module
SSD Storage
Dual webcams with camera flash
Built-In Stereo Audio Speakers
Up to 4.5-Hour Battery Life
SMT Assembly - including BGA devices
Electronics Design & Assembly Capabilities Applied/Processes  
Electronic Engineering and Design
Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Layout
Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Assembly
Component Sourcing and Kitting
Selective Soldering for Thru-Hole Components
Component Programming
Design Work Completed   Electronic Hardware
Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Layout
In process testing/inspection performed   Functionality Testing
Standards Met   Customer Specifications, CAD Drawing
Overall Product Dimensions   PCB
  • Length: 311mm
  • Width: 232mm
  • Height: 1.6mm
Packaging   Static Resistant Shipping Container
Shock Resistant Shipping Container
Volume   Small to Medium
Delivery Location   Michigan
Product Name   Vehicle Diagnostics Laptop


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