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17 - 19-April 2018
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Critical Link

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6712 Brooklawn Pkwy
Syracuse, NY
United States
13211-2158
Company Description
Featured Product: Embedded Vision Development Platforms and Custom Design Services

Critical Link’s depth of experience in image sensor technology, SoC & FPGA design, vision protocols, and signal processing expertise uniquely position us as a premier development partner in imaging system design. We work with OEMs in industrial, scientific, medical, & defense markets to design and manufacture custom imaging platforms. Our engineering team has designed platforms around a wide array of image sensor technologies, including CMOS/sCMOS, CCD, Linescan, InGaAs, Infrared, NIR, & SWIR.
Announcements
13 March 2018
Critical Link Named Top 20 Electronics Design & Solutions Providers
Critical Link: Pioneers in Embedded Processing Modules

Back in the day, a growing shortage of engineering resources threatened to hold back innovation and development initiatives in the realm of embedded hardware and software.

In 1997, recognizing this scarcity of engineers in the software and electronics fields, John Fayos, Dave Rice, Omar Rahim, and Thomas Catalino laid the groundwork for the world’s first off-the-shelf development embedded platform when they created Critical Link. Having acquired rich experience from working on Department of Defense radar systems, the founders of Critical Link applied their combined knowledge to new challenges in industrial electronics. Fast forward to today, Critical Link designs, develops, and implements embedded solutions—from System on Modules (SOMs) and imaging platforms for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to a wide range of custom-designed embedded products. Critical Link’s solutions have found application in a myriad of industries such as medical, manufacturing, test and measurement, and military/aerospace to launch fresh or updated products in the market.

“Our off-the-shelf development platforms assist clients in launching their products more rapidly and at lower costs. We are not industry-specific and work with dozens of unrelated industries from transportation to medical to industrial manufacturing,” says Fayos, President of Critical Link. As an embedded systems development firm, Critical Link has developed embedded solutions such as MityDSP and MitySOM that form the foundation for almost every one of their custom electronic designs. These solutions are designed for long lifetime and bolstered by tools and professional support to guarantee product success in the market.

“What sets us apart from other embedded service providers is our expertise in system engineering, hardware design, and manufacturing. Our off-the-shelf modules have proven performance in the field. And our systems engineering, software, and FPGA skills mean that we are able to design a complete working system that meets customer requirements no matter how rigorous the needs,” says Amber Thousand, the Director of Marketing at Critical Link. This versatility serves as a big differentiator, enabling customers to work with a single supplier for both software and hardware development.

Critical Link develops partnerships with customers and utilizes unique approaches to ensure success for each customer. The firm’s flexibility and engineering proficiency enables them to truly understand customers’ needs and operate efficiently for faster time to market, cost-effectively.

Critical Link serves a broad array of industries and customers ranging from promising start-ups to Fortune 50s. Citing a notable success, Fayos mentions Critical Link’s work in the railroad signaling domain of the transportation business, approximately four years ago. The railroad signaling industry required the development of track-to-locomotive communication systems to enhance passenger safety. Critical Link fulfilled the requirement by undertaking the design, construction, and testing of a communication system between the locomotive and trackside signaling equipment.

Noting another success, the company recently contributed to the development of a medical testing apparatus which utilizes an illumination system to detect and measure various constituents of blood. Leveraging their experience in embedded imaging and system engineering, Critical Link worked on the optical illumination control system, CCD imager, and real-time processing hardware and software for the device. Consequently, Critical Link developed the new and improved electronics and image processing system used for the blood testing process. Always looking to expand their knowledge base in embedded imaging and design customization, Critical Link is constantly exploring new image sensor technology, vision protocols, and onboard processing for incorporation into their latest products and service projects.

Critical Link aims to leverage their off-the-shelf products and system engineering to help the design and assimilation of efficient and customizable embedded systems. “Critical Link truly delivers the engineering expertise and high-performance embedded solutions demanded in today’s industrial applications,” concludes Fayos.

For more information about the company’s embedded systems, custom imaging platforms, and full engineering support services and product development, please visit: https://www.criticallink.com/services/.



About Critical Link

Critical Link, LLC (Syracuse, NY www.criticallink.com), founded in 1997, develops embedded systems solutions, system on modules (SOMs) and imaging systems for a wide variety of electronic applications. As experts in image sensor technology, system on chip (SoC) and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) design, signal processing, and vision protocols, we support all product development tasks, from concept to final production.

Our flexibility allows us to deliver full lifecycle support and services at any step along the product development path, when and where needed, to effectively keep costs down. From engineering to hardware and software development, and mechanical engineering to prototyping and manufacture/assembly, Critical Link is committed to helping our OEM customers reach their project goals quickly and cost-effectively.

Privately held, Critical Link is a Platinum member of the Intel FPGA Design Services Network and Intel IoT Solutions Alliance, a Platinum Partner of the TI Design Network, and a certified member of the Arrow Consulting Engineering Services (ACES) network, and is ISO 9001:2015 Registered by SRI Quality System Registrar.
21 February 2018
Critical Link Announces Embedded Imaging Systems with Full Engineering Support
Company will showcase its engineering support services and custom imaging design capabilities at SPIE DCS - Defense & Commercial Sensing Expo, Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Orlando, FL, April 17 – April 19, 2018, in Booth #719 (NY Cluster).


Critical Link, LLC, experts in image sensor technology, system-on-chip (SoC) and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) designs, vision protocols, and signal processing, announces its full engineering support services to enhance the company’s product development and manufacturing capabilities. Specializing in embedded systems and custom imaging platforms, the company’s engineering team designs, manufactures, and supports sensor board development, on-board processing, and a wide variety of interfaces/ protocols for industrial applications including test and measurement, medical/scientific instrumentation, factory automation, transportation, and defense. Critical Link’s imaging platforms incorporate CMOS/sCMOS, CCD, indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs), and other sensor technologies, including 1D and 2D arrays.

Director of marketing, Amber Thousand, notes, “Our expert engineering team supports our customers at any step in their product development through manufacturing and the assembly process. We pride ourselves on our flexibility to provide the exact elements required, at the time needed, to meet our customer’s specifications. We offer a wide variety of engineering skills and services, but only deploy them as needed, which helps keep our customers’ costs under control.”

To learn more about Critical Link’s cost-effective, full engineering support services and product development, please go to: http://www.criticallink.com/services/ or stop by Booth #719 at SPIE DCS - Defense & Commercial Sensing Expo, Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Orlando, FL, April 17 – April 19, 2018. The company will be giving away two embedded imaging development kits and all booth visitors will be entered into the drawing for a chance to win a MitySOM-5CSX Vision Development Kit.

For more information about the company’s custom imaging design platforms, visit: http://www.criticallink.com/services/custom-imaging/. For details about Critical Link’s product development, including customizable system on modules (SOMs), development kits, board sets, image processing building blocks, interface options and more, please see: http://www.criticallink.com/products/.


About Critical Link

Critical Link, LLC (Syracuse, NY www.criticallink.com), founded in 1997, develops embedded systems solutions, system on modules (SOMs) and imaging systems for a wide variety of electronic applications. As experts in image sensor technology, system on chip (SoC) and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) design, signal processing, and vision protocols, we support all product development tasks, from concept to final production.

Our flexibility allows us to deliver full lifecycle support and services at any step along the product development path, when and where needed, to effectively keep costs down. From engineering to hardware and software development, and mechanical engineering to prototyping and manufacture/assembly, Critical Link is committed to helping our OEM customers reach their project goals quickly and cost-effectively.

Privately held, Critical Link is a Platinum member of the Intel FPGA Design Services Network and Intel IoT Solutions Alliance, a Platinum Partner of the TI Design Network, and a certified member of the Arrow Consulting Engineering Services (ACES) network, and is ISO 9001:2008 Registered by SRI Quality System Registrar.
21 February 2018
Critical Link to Demonstrate Five Embedded Imaging Platforms at SPIE DCS - Defense & Commercial Sensing Expo
Critical Link, LLC, experts in image sensor technology, system-on-chip (SoC) and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) designs, vision protocols, and signal processing, will present five embedded imaging demonstrations in Booth #719 (NY Cluster) at SPIE DCS - Defense & Commercial Sensing Expo, Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Orlando, FL, April 17th – April 19th 2018.

The company will demonstrate its latest Embedded Vision Development Kit (VDK) which integrates Basler’s dart BCON camera with Critical Link’s most popular processor board, interfaces, and onboard FPGA processing. In addition, Basler’s Pylon camera software suite completes the kit’s functionality. Visitors may enter to win an Embedded VDK, two of which will be raffled at the end of the show.

Critical Link’s second demo highlights a new 48MP Imaging Platform with On-Board Processing which features the AMS/CMOSIS CMV50000 high speed CMOS sensor, Critical Link’s Arria 10 SoC image processing board, and HDMI, AIA U3V (USB3.0), Camera Link, and AIA GigE Vision interfaces. Out-of-the-box processing includes bad pixel replacement, 2-point pixel correction, image cropping, and up/down scaling.

Fairchild Imaging CIS1910 embedded imaging platformThe company will also demonstrate a 2MP Ultra-Low-Noise Embedded Imaging Platform with Edge Detection that features superior performance in low-light applications. The BAE/Fairchild Imaging CIS1910 is a 1920 x 1080, 6.5 µm square pixel, low-noise sCMOS sensor with global and rolling shutter modes, and color or mono imagery.

Highlighting some of the company’s design capabilities will be a Small Form Factor Sensor Design, Portable Imaging Device with HDMI and USB2.0 interfaces. Critical Link’s engineering team rapidly developed the custom device which offers video playback and still image capture, including date and time stamp, and uses a low-cost Intel/Altera Cyclone V SoC processor. The design features an image sensor from OmniVision.

Finally, Critical Link will demonstrate MIPI Real-Time HD Image Transmission over Extended Distance featuring a SONY IMX219 8MP CMOS color image sensor. The design integrates MIPI, I2C, and HDMI interfaces, with MIPI transmission length of 30 feet. Onboard processing capabilities include functions such as image rotation, color combining, white balance, auto gain control, defective pixel location/replacement, image overlay, and brightness and contrast, many of which will be demonstrated live.

The company invites OEMs, integrators, camera designers, and others interested in advanced imaging solutions to come by Critical Link’s Booth #719 to learn more and enter the drawing to win one of two Embedded VDKs for Basler dart BCON.

For more information about the company’s embedded systems, custom imaging platforms, and full engineering support services and product development, please visit: http://www.criticallink.com/services/.



About Critical Link

Critical Link, LLC (Syracuse, NY www.criticallink.com), founded in 1997, develops embedded systems solutions, system on modules (SOMs) and imaging systems for a wide variety of electronic applications. As experts in image sensor technology, system on chip (SoC) and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) design, signal processing, and vision protocols, we support all product development tasks, from concept to final production.

Our flexibility allows us to deliver full lifecycle support and services at any step along the product development path, when and where needed, to effectively keep costs down. From engineering to hardware and software development, and mechanical engineering to prototyping and manufacture/assembly, Critical Link is committed to helping our OEM customers reach their project goals quickly and cost-effectively.

Privately held, Critical Link is a Platinum member of the Intel FPGA Design Services Network and Intel IoT Solutions Alliance, a Platinum Partner of the TI Design Network, and a certified member of the Arrow Consulting Engineering Services (ACES) network, and is ISO 9001:2008 Registered by SRI Quality System Registrar.
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