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Circuits. Beautiful. Functional.


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Circuits. Beautiful. Functional.


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ELECTRONICS FORM AND FUNCTION

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. 

The 'pease' board; a tribute to legendary analog designer Bob Pease
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A different approach to circuit design


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A different approach to circuit design


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.

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Beautifully functional circuits are a statement


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Beautifully functional circuits are a statement


WE MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU

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.


Product design

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.

The 'Nutclough' board, designed for Calrec. Case study.


Custom branded kits

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 boards

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.


Open source hardware and software

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.

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A passion for engineering


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A passion for engineering


Saar Drimer -- Chief Hunter Gatherer

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.


That's what they said


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Calrec Audio wanted something unique to commemorate the company’s 50th anniversary, and as Calrec started with a group of electronic hobbyists designing home amplifiers, it seemed appropriate to commission a small open-source amplifier circuit.

Boldport turned that circuit into a beautiful, eye-catching, self-supporting board which we have since used as a DIY give-away to customers, and in several electronics workshops for children. It even has a snap-out key ring! They were very patient with our somewhat idiosyncratic ways of working and were incredibly collaborative, taking that initial concept and transforming it into a piece of art.

Boldport have a first-rate ethos, with an emphasis on open-source designs and promoting electronics for all. Moreover, they make it fun. We would have no hesitation in recommending them.
— Kevin Emmott, Marketing Manager at Calrec Audio

We run introductory classes in electronics for children, to encourage them to take an interest in the subject. We were looking for a simple board we could use to teach soldering, but we wanted it to look “different”.

Boldport’s design is an elegant design in the shape of a cuttlefish, which a child can easily solder up to make a fully functioning Arduino clone.

Boldport provided both the design and oversaw manufacturing of the board. Their work was of the highest quality, and competitively priced. We feel we have a unique product, which is excellent value for money.
— Dr Jeremy Bennett, CEO at Embecosm

Sounds interesting?

We're looking for creative people to join us. Like what you see? Get in touch with an application of your choosing. Be creative. CV is optional.

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