Welcome to Contronix
We develop the electronics inside of innovative products.
Contronix is a task force of nine highly skilled experts that find unconventional solutions for almost any electronic problem. We worked on many different fields like RF, power electronics, or analog circuits and are always open for new things. Almost any development project we’ve worked on so far took profit from our holistic approach. We have a successful track record of more than 15 years in this business.
We don't guess, we simulate.
Every critical part of a new customer project is simulated utilizing state-of the art methods as FDTD, FEM and SPICE.
This approach gives not only more confidence into the design process but also accelerates the whole project by reducing the time to market.
Almost any physical aspect like analog or digital circuits, antennas and thermal behaviour can be simulated.
The most important aspect of electronics is mechanics.
The circuit boards of today need to fit into complex enclosures. Positioning buttons, displays, connectors and layouting internal wiring brings further challenges.
We use a state-of-the-art software that is capable of true three-dimensional circuit board layout. High sophisticated solutions (e.g. complex folded flex-rigid circuit boards) can be designed with a high confidence regarding perfect fit and mountability.
Integration into customer defined enclosures is as easy as exporting precise 3D models of electronic assemblies for further usage in the mechanical design workflow.
Some code brings it alive.
Today almost all hardware needs software to run. The so called firmware is an integral part of an embedded electronic system. We have developed our own special technique to develop the firmware of such a system as fast and as robust as possible.
To make this possible we use object oriented C++ programming, even on small microcontrollers. This makes our firmware deeply structured and easy to maintain during the whole lifecycle of a product.
The things, we're best at and the tools we use
Following the basic circuit design the most critical parts (e.g. power supply) are examined using SPICE. We like using PCB antennas for RF designs as they are almost for free. Their basic design is analyzed using FDTD. For high power applications we can simulate the real current flow using FEM methods on simplified designs, but as well on the final layout. In addition, critical thermal characteristics can be simulated and adjusted.
We're experts using Altium Designer for PCB Design. Over the years we created a vast library of parts fitted to our own needs. All parts contain accurate 3D models for leveraging all the features of the excellent 3D support of Altium Desinger.
With the ascent of 3D printing, we often design small enclosures and support parts using standard CAD programs ourselves.
To track the progress every single item we work at is kept in our version control system using subversion. This is linked to our project management platform. Customers get access to this web based project management system and all their project data around the clock. This powerful combination of versioning and collaboration makes our services as transparent as possible.
Whereas quality control for mass production is very important, it is time consuming transferring data and organizing assembly at a manufacturing service. To accelerate development, we have all tools in-house for assembly of samples. With the help of some well engineered tools the results of this sample manufacturing process are comparable to a following mass production.
We have established a network of powerful partners. Is it mechanical manufacturing, EMC measurement, component sourcing or electronics manufacturing services. If you decide to work with us this whole network is open to you.
We are innovative and well networked
Research projects and network memberships
Organic Electronic Saxony
Since 2010, we have been an active member of Germany's leading network for organic for organic, printed and large-area electronics and are now also on the board of directors. In a well-balanced relationship, research, industry and SMEs meet and exchange ideas. In any case, this networking is also a clear benefit for our customers: with the help of the OES network innovative technologies and a rich research landscape. research landscape.
A new generation of actuators for endoscopy (NGSCOPES)
Minimally invasive endoscopic procedures have revolutionized modern medicine and, with over 6 million gastrointestinal endoscopies per year in Germany, for example per year in Germany, they also play a significant role in quantitative terms. On the other On the other hand, the design of the devices and accessories used for these procedures has practically unchanged in the last 40 years. The devices are driven by manually operated cable pulls and the accessories are rigid. This is accompanied by relevant limitations the devices cannot be sterilized, struggle with infection problems, and are not cannot be integrated into modern assistance systems ("cybermedical systems"). The overall goal of the project is the creation of a principle solution for a scalable actuator platform for a new generation of endoscopes based on smart alloys. alloys. On the basis of a principle solution from basic research (TRL 3), the following is to be developed universal generation of endoscopy actuators based on intelligent alloys. will be established. These actuators would be far superior to today's methods in function and precision, scalable scalable and inexpensive, and would solve the infection problems of today's endoscopes. of today's endoscopes. The project is based on a unique local synergy of clinical partners at the University Hospital Dresden, the Microsystems Technology at the the TU Dresden, the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden e. V., the electronics competence of Contronix GmbH and interface competence of the Wolfram Designer und Ingenieure.
Time period: 03/2020 ‒ 04/2022
Innovationsassistent: Increasing the speed and quality of microcontroller firmware development through automation
The goal of the project is the creation of a software ecosystem to accelerate the development of development of programs for microcontrollers from different manufacturers on the basis of a software based on a software framework, which enables a similar control of different hardware control of different hardware platforms. For this three functional pillars are required:
- The semi-automated integration of the hardware abstraction of different microcontrollers of several manufacturers into a generic software library
- A tool for the automated creation of software project skeletons, whose parameters are derived from the hardware design of the assemblies.
- The fully automated testing of the created software components on a variety of variety of supported hardware platforms.
Time period: 09/2019 ‒ 04/2022