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Electronics Hardware Product Development Process – EVT, DVT, PVT

Designers and developers are always requesting what the right process is in order to design and develop a product that will go from initial concept to final MP (mass production) and sell in the market chosen by the designer. This process procedure can be very long and sometimes project stops for a while in the process. In this article, we’re going to guide you through the process and ties in the hardware and software with schedule and take you through the process step by step.

EVT, DVT, PVT: Terms You Need to Bear in Mind

In this process, you need to get familiar with the terms in design and development of any project: EVT (Engineering Verification Testing), DVT (Development Verification Testing), PVT (Production Verification Testing) and MP (Mass Production). We will give you a quick guidance to understand what should be noted in each phase and the process of EVT, DVT, and PVT.

Process of Product Development

At the beginning of Project concept, you need to get your PPS (Product Procurement Specification) ready and choose your vendor, which is also critical point in order to establish an early relationship to the factory to take the project. PPS, includes RFQ which the quote from the factory at the beginning stage to take the project through production.

Also during the beginning phase, all the paperwork and documentation are discussed usually from the PPS to schedule. Often time, a hardware non-workable sample or in the case of an IOT device a mockup is decided upon. Then, the designers and developers are in hopes to kick-off the project and move forward.

Once the Project is kicked off, you will enter the EVT phase. This usually is when EVT sample(s) are sent for the design and development of the project that are functional. These sample(s) is why this process is known as kick-off and determination to start spending money. During this phase, the discussion of any NRE charges and the cost of samples are negotiated and as we denote it “money is being spent”.

A discussion of tooling for the product is determined during this start. Hardware tooling is discussed in order to get an idea of how the hardware will be developed. Tooling is put on its own schedule. This often is when initial production anticipation of the type of orders, and the first batch of hardware will be produced.

The process of hardware development is listed below. We list the things you need to consider and pay attention to in each phase.

  1. Kickoff with EVT Samples
    • Mechanical Engineering Start
      • ME ID and other pieces need to be decided.
      • Hardware schedule and PCBA board design are laid down.
    • Software development is kicked off as well
      • SRD (Software Requirements Document) – Version 0.1 starts from the beginning
      • F/W (Firmware) applied to chipset and schedule of release of F/W
  2. DVT Samples
    • T1 – Tooling first generation
    • T2 – Tooling 2nd generation and changes are limited
    • If confident and test show T2 is finalized
      • Go immediately to TF – Tooling final
    • TF – Tooling Final and what will go into production
      • Point of no return
    • During this time certification need to be tested with samples required by the various electronic companies
    • DVT Samples also usually include first v0.5 of software released into the device.
    • Boxing and Packaging decided and finalized
      • Forward Logisitics need to be negotiated
      • Operations people need to be aware product going to MP.
  3. PVT Samples
    • PVT Samples confirmed
    • Often times these samples are known as “Golden” Samples.
      • If any changes are made or needed need to go back to DVT stage.
        • Testing and certification in some cases must be reapplied.
  4. MP – Product produced from factory
    • PO (Purchase Order) – Fulfilled
      • Quantity agreed on the first PO.
    • Shipping and other forward logistics must be decided during this phase.
  5. Continual sale and additional orders
    • Sales, Sales, Sales!!!
    • Ongoing Customer Service and Support
      • Warranty for most electronic devices minimum of 1 year
    • Reverse Logistics needs to be tracked.
      • Product returns/defect rate
  6. EOL (End of Life) –
    • Replace with new product or new SKU
    • Be aware of any waste management issues and proper disposal coverage of all electronic products

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