I’m heading out to Las Vegas for my first trip of the year later this evening. I have to say I’m looking forward to going to CES after so many years away from the show. It will be interesting to see what kind of new stuff we have to look forward to in 2017.
Perhaps I will have the opportunity to introduce our customization services to hardware startups that are announcing their new wares there. It never ceases to surprise me how many companies underestimate the design, manufacturing, and logistical challenges involved in bringing new technology products to market. The journey from a cool demo to a shippable product is a long and perilous one fraught with unexpected problems along the way.
VIA offers three pathways for bringing new IoT hardware products to market. The first one we call VIA Enterprise IoT, and it involves the customization of existing boards and systems that we offer to meet specific application requirements. Much of the customization we carry out on this pathway centers around I/O peripheral integration and software optimization.
Since most of our Enterprise IoT boards and systems are already mature, customers who follow this pathway can accelerate their product time to market while minimizing development resources. Why reinvent the wheel when you can you fine tune an existing one with much less effort and at much lower cost?
As its name implies, the VIA Enterprise IoT pathway is primarily for heavy-duty systems targeted at industrial-grade applications. If you are looking to develop IoT connected devices for home, business, and educational scenarios, the VIA IoT Studio pathway offers a growing number of system platforms that can be rapidly productized. These include the VIA Alegro 100 multiprotocol home gateway router with multiple short-range wireless connectivity options and the VIA Document Telestrator and VIA Wireless Display system for commercial and education applications.
One of the main benefits of adopting the VIA IoT Studio pathway is that enables you to target new market niches without having to take the risk of investing limited resources in a bespoke system design. Multiple chassis design and software options enable you to differentiate your product in the market.
If you wish to design a new IoT product from the ground up, you should take a look at our new VIA IoT Foundry pathway, which we recently soft-launched. In addition to allowing you to choose all the key system components such as the SoC, the pathway provides a full range of system design, manufacturing, and quality control services that accelerate the time to market for your new product.
Our approach is aimed at providing as much flexibility as possible with our three IoT system customization pathways. Please feel free to contact me to learn more about how we can help you speed up your product development process.