Boldport creates circuits that are both beautiful and functional using its own open source printed circuit board design software, PCBmodE. Our breadth of design experience allows us to create unique and innovative products that stand out.
We wanted to create circuits that could be hung on a wall like an art piece. We wanted to have the freedom to design any arbitrary shape on any layer. We wrote PCBmodE since no other circuit board design software could let us do that.
Our approach to circuit design is unconventional. We put as much emphasis on the form of the circuit as we do on function, which influences the choice of components and materials that we use. We don't design square boards with 45 degree angled traces.
A portion of our business is dedicated to bringing our unique take on electronics function and form to our clients. We work as an additional internal team rather than an outside contractor, also advising on security and privacy issues, manufacturing, and usability.
Our breadth of experience in electronics design allows us to work with clients on a variety of projects. We're experienced in digital, FPGA, microcontroller, and Bluetooth product design, but get very excited about new directions we haven't explored before.
Electronics kits can be boring, square, and uninspiring. Not ours! We regularly create themed kits for workshops and companies. They're great as corporate gifts and marketing give-aways at trade-shows or job fairs. Any of our existing kits can be branded and customised.
Evaluation kits tend to be big, overly complicated to operate, and arrive with a CD containing a Windows-XP-only software. That's not going to get anyone talking about a new product! We're looking to work with chip manufacturers to create simple but effective evaluation kits that will guarantee a buzz at product launches and shows.
All of our products and most of the boards that we make are open source hardware. This means that anyone can take our designs, for free, and manufacture their own version of our work. We support open source hardware by providing a reduced rate for clients who are working on an open source hardware project!
Our circuit design software, PCBmodE, is open source software.
Hello, I'm Saar. I founded Boldport in 2010 in order to create tools for engineers with an emphasis on usability. In the process of developing the company's products, I started combining my obsessive doodling and love for circuit design into what Boldport has become to be today. I have a broad set of skills, from transistor-level design through circuit, FPGA, digital design to web development. I have a Computer Engineering degree from UC Santa Cruz and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge on the topic of security of hardware devices. I like to cook.
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