"Covnetics have shown themselves to be a flexible and highly skilled design service group and certainly a group we would use again on future projects."

Design Consultancy

To complement or lead your development resources and projects, we offer key expertise and knowledge in the following areas:

  • Design process from requirements definition and review to design, implementation, verification and review
  • Systems architecture - specialists in Ethernet, Packet Processing (Ethernet traffic management) and TDM
  • FPGA vendor and device selection
  • Telecom standards and protocols, including node synchronisation
  • Systems specification - systems and device level solutions
  • Systems synchronisation - IEEE 1588v2, NTP and PTP, SyncE
  • Design migration and integration, obsolescence management
  • Design for cost, area and power optimisations
  • Ability to analyse and solve complex system level problems
In-house hardware validation

Design Services

Our design consultants will engage with your team to provide the specialist expertise you require. Alternatively we can undertake the full product development from requirements through to design sign off. The key is flexibility and the choice is yours, aimed to suit your business model. We are adept at working with clients' established development processes and toolchains.
Covnetics will employ rigorous design and test methodologies overseen by a thorough review process to ensure a quality design which meets all of your expectations. Our skills include:

  • Systems and device level solutions
  • FPGA/ASIC RTL development
  • FPGA/ASIC verification, simulation, emulation including 'real time' packet testing
  • Hardware design, schematic capture and review
  • Software - API drivers, embedded
  • App (Android) development
  • Test automation solutions - emulation software (Tcl, C, VB) with test scripting and regression capability
  • Hardware diagnostic and fault finding
  • Licence free custom IP development

Design Competences

Our specialist knowledge covers a number of key areas:

  • Custom Ethernet Traffic Management : Tri rate MAC, Classification (packet inspection), Policing, Header modification, Queuing, Scheduling and Shaping
  • OAM (Link and Service Operations Administration Management - IEEE 802.3ah, IEEE 802.1ag and Y.1731)
  • System synchronisation - IEEE 1588v2, NTP and PTP (Ordinary, Transparent and Boundary), SyncE
  • Custom Network Processor solutions
  • Embedded NIOS cores in Altera technology
  • Embedded Microblaze cores in Xilinx technology
  • Embedded ARM cores in Xilinx Zync technology
  • OTN (Optical Transport Network)
  • Ethernet/ATM transport over SDH
  • SDH/SONET (Synchronous Digital Hierarchy/Synchronous Optical Networking) - STM1 through to STM256
  • PDH (Plesiochronous Digital Hierarchy) - E1, E3, E4, T1, T3
  • In-house tool development

  • AXI System-on-Chip (SoC) interconnect
  • DDR2 and DDR3 memory interface - multiple FPGA vendors
  • SDHC memory card controller
  • SGMII, GMII, MII - Media Independent Interfaces for MAC to PHY
  • Hi Speed Serial IO to 10Gbps - multi lane Gbps sync backplane IF design
  • XAUI - MAC to/from PHY for 10G interface
  • Interlaken - high bandwidth channelised, packet interface
  • SPI-3 (System Packet Interface Level 3) - chip to chip, channelised, packet interface
  • MDIO and I2C interfaces
  • STM1, 4, 16, 64, 256 - SDH transmission rates (also SONET equivalents)
  • UTOPIA - ATM data path interface

Working Models

Covnetics is a flexible and dynamic company driven by customer needs and requirements. Below are just some of the types of engagements we can support. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

  • Complete start to finish custom IP development service
  • Flexible pricing model : fixed pricing or time based
  • Support/maintenance based agreements available