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While software engineers may write code,
hardware engineers speak it. We love our
three-letter acronyms (TLAs): EVT, DVT,
PVT, MP; OK, NG, FA, CA; PD, EPM, OPM;
PRD, DRP, BOM. Goodness, how do we even
understand each other?
Instrumental spends a lot of time speaking with engineers at hardware
companies — large and small — about their
manufacturing pain points. In the course of
those conversations, we are always talking
about those pain points in the context of
product maturity and the builds: EVT, DVT,
PVT, and MP. While a few companies use
slightly different nomenclature, the basic
structure is consistent: you build prototypes
of the design multiple times to zero in on
the final, mass production ready design.
Interestingly enough, there are differences
in understanding across the consumer
electronics industry on what EVT and DVT
product maturity even mean. Internet
searches do not return satisfying results,
so early hardware companies have this
question a lot. Instrumental put together
this guide to explain the builds, schedules,
and common problem areas that hardware
engineers work through.
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