When Zytek were formed in 1981, the company’s mission was to design automotive electronics, and in particular engine control units for race applications. Zytek were pioneers in the use of electronics in road and race applications, claiming the design and manufacture of the first digital, re-programmable, microprocessor-controlled engine management system used in Formula 1. Since then, Zytek engine control units have been used in niche applications around the world, and this has led to a business that can develop any number of low voltage electronic controllers, including hybrid control units, chassis control units, racing gearshift units, and indeed any customised, bespoke hardware platform required for a customer. Zytek enjoy very close working relationships with microprocessor suppliers, and can benefit from early release of the latest range of microprocessors ensuring that we can offer the very latest designs into ever more demanding applications.
In addition to the low voltage electronics design capability, Zytek can also offer the design, assembly, test and application of high voltage inverter systems, tailored specifically for automotive applications. Inverters can be either taken “off the shelf”, be semi customised based on an existing design, or be developed from a clean sheet of paper where necessary.
Inverter design is always undertaken with system component parameters in mind, as these will play a large part in determining the overall system efficiency. Advanced modelling techniques are used to determine key operating parameters, incorporating operation of both the hardware system itself and the influence of the electric motor control system. It is also possible to develop custom high voltage DCDC converters, where the DC link voltage is stabilised within the inverter. Finally, in systems where 2 variable voltage energy sources are used (such as a fuel cell), a DCDC converter can be developed in isolation to ensure all energy flows within the system can be controlled and managed.
- Specification development
- Schematic capture
- Design FMEA including safety analysis
- EMC and product validation programme
- Multilayer PCB design
- High and low voltage design
- In house manufacturing capability