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SECO USA Medical Modified COTS Design Services

SECO USA offers medical modified COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) design services that minimize cost, shorten schedule, and reduce risk while optimizing recurring cost of the product. The use of commercial off-the-shelf, or COTS, product has become the standard in military and government system design and procurement since the 1990s. The goal of COTS product is to reduce engineering development costs of larger systems through the purchase of existing components that meet system requirements. This includes electronics such as embedded processor circuitry and software.

Medical modified COTS takes the COTS concept a step further, where a COTS device design (meaning the electronics, software,and even packaging) is leveraged for specific application design in a medical device. A completed and validated COTS design is utilized as a starting point and modified to meet specific requirements. Medical modified COTS options include the design of the main embedded computer engine, front-end display assembly, or an entire device. SECO USA’s core competencies in rugged electronics driven by the latest embedded microprocessors enable quicker time to market with lower cost and risk. With the complexity of the design and regulatory environments of medical markets, medical modified COTS provides the product path of least resistance.

Original COTS Project Cost v. MCOTS Project Costs Original COTS Project Schedule v. MCOTS Project Schedules


Systems Product requirements analysis and prioritization, use case definition, compliance criteria
Low-Power CPUs SECO USA COTS boards, featuring ARM Cortex-A and Cortex-M series, Intel x86
Memory/Storage DRAM, NAND, NOR, eMMC, SD, MMC, SSD
Network Interfaces Ethernet, Wi-Fi (802.11), Bluetooth, PAN (802.15.4), LTE/cellular, CAN
High Speed Interfaces PCIe, SATA, USB, LVDS
Serial Interfaces USB, UART, SPI, I2C, RS-232, RS-422, RS-485,  SMBus
Sensing GPS, ADC, DAC, sensors with serial interfaces
Display Devices LCD, analog displays, LVDS, MIPI-DSI, HDMI, CMOS, display enhancements, sunlight readable
Resistive and capacitive touch controllers
Camera Video camera, still camera, MIPI-CSI, S-video, composite/component video
Audio Line and/or microphone inputs; Line or speaker outputs; Bluetooth headsets
Special Peripherals Credit card reader, CAC card reader, RFID, NFC, barcode scanner, biometrics
Power Supply Switching power supplies (buck, boost, SEPIC), LDO, battery charging/management, peripheral
power gating, low noise, wireless power, power optimization
PCB Design   High speed digital (>5 GHz), analog, signal integrity, power integrity, low EMI (MIL-STD-461),
thermal management, fine pitch devices, complex stack-ups including micro-via and blind/buried
via, Package-on-Package (PoP), custom shapes, RoHS
Software  Boot loader, kernel, BSP, drivers, Linux, Android, Windows, custom OS configuration, lockdown
Security Security enhanced OS (SE Linux and SE Android), high assurance boot, tamper detection
Mechanical Engineering  Thermal management, MIL-STD-810 shock/vibe/thermals, package design
Enclosure Size, shape, color, materials, ergonomics, external connections, logo, stenciling, private labeling
Certification MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-461, FCC, CE and IC, LTE/cellular, intrinsically safe/ATEX

The SECO USA Advantage

  • Accelerated time-to-market (3-4 month prototype)
  • Regulatory certification and qualification testing
  • Turn-key manufacturing
  • Life-cycle and obsolescence management
  • Long product life support
  • In-house manufacturing test development
  • Program management
  • ITAR and US classified design

Core Competencies

  • Embedded device design: hardware, software, mechanical
  • Design for low power operation
  • MIL-SPEC/Rugged device design
  • Program management
  • Product life cycle management
  • Security
  • Real-time system updates


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  • Published: May 6th 2015
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