Chicago, Ill. – Development kits have become instrumental in taking electronic designs through to end products, according to a new report from element14. It reveals that 79 percent of engineers use all or part of their development kit designs in their final production designs, beyond the prototyping and testing stage. Three-quarters also agree development kits are playing a critical role in pushing the boundaries of product design and driving innovation in modern technology.
Dev Kit Dilemmas, a detailed study based on a global survey of 244 engineers who use development kits, is available to download today. It explores attitudes toward development kits within professional engineering, the extent to which they are used within the design and production process and the factors that influence development kit choice.
The report shows 77 percent of engineers regularly check to see if a development kit is available for a component they are evaluating and 44 percent agree they couldn’t do their job without them.
It is clear that development kits are a driving force for technology advancement. Almost three-quarters (74 percent) of the engineers questioned actively use development kits ‘on the job’ to help them keep up-to-date with new technologies and 89 percent use them to experiment with new systems.
“The new report reveals that development kits are changing the dynamics of the electronics sector and have become one of the most essential parts of the electronics design and production process,” said Quintin Komaromy, Global Head of Strategic Marketing at element14. “Engineers are not only experimenting and testing their design ideas, but taking these ideas through to production faster than we have ever seen.”
The role of development kits in creating innovative new products is also revealed by the components and features that engineers look for when selecting a development kit. Connectivity is the primary factor, cited by 47 percent, reflecting the increasing demand for development kits for designs within the Internet of Things, wireless and sensing. Useful on-board features (43 percent), OS support (36 percent) and processing data width and speed (36 percent) are also important.
“As demand for development kits looks set to boom, professional engineers must have access to development kits that will meet their specific requirements and element14 has never been better placed to support the design and production process,” Komaromy said. “The integration of Embest and AVID into our business means we are working directly with key suppliers to design and manufacture development kits and provide turnkey solutions to bring products to market, including design, testing, compliance, manufacturing, supply chain management and logistics services.”
Download the Dev Kit Dilemmas Report or visit the element14 Design Center to find out more about the world’s most comprehensive range of more than 2,500 development kits, and product information including technical data sheets, video tutorials and 3D images.