InHand 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. InHand’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


SystemsProduct requirements analysis and prioritization, use case definition, compliance criteria
Low-Power CPUsInHand COTS boards, featuring ARM Cortex-A and Cortex-M series, Intel x86
Memory/StorageDRAM, NAND, NOR, eMMC, SD, MMC, SSD
Network InterfacesEthernet, Wi-Fi (802.11), Bluetooth, PAN (802.15.4), LTE/cellular, CAN
High Speed InterfacesPCIe, SATA, USB, LVDS
Serial InterfacesUSB, UART, SPI, I2C, RS-232, RS-422, RS-485,  SMBus
SensingGPS, ADC, DAC, sensors with serial interfaces
Display DevicesLCD, analog displays, LVDS, MIPI-DSI, HDMI, CMOS, display enhancements, sunlight readable
Resistive and capacitive touch controllers
CameraVideo camera, still camera, MIPI-CSI, S-video, composite/component video
AudioLine and/or microphone inputs; Line or speaker outputs; Bluetooth headsets
Special PeripheralsCredit card reader, CAC card reader, RFID, NFC, barcode scanner, biometrics
Power SupplySwitching 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
SecuritySecurity enhanced OS (SE Linux and SE Android), high assurance boot, tamper detection
Mechanical Engineering Thermal management, MIL-STD-810 shock/vibe/thermals, package design
EnclosureSize, shape, color, materials, ergonomics, external connections, logo, stenciling, private labeling
CertificationMIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-461, FCC, CE and IC, LTE/cellular, intrinsically safe/ATEX

The InHand 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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