typical engineering effort consists of a product specification
and a design cycle that results in a working prototype
with complete documentation, including source code, schematic
drawings, material lists, and operations/maintenance manuals.
The design will be production-ready and all intellectual
material will be your property.
Inc. has been engaged in consulting and contractual engineering
in the electronics and computer industry since 1987 and
is staffed with degreed Electrical and Computer Engineers.
Located in a company-owned 2400 square foot facility in
Empire, Michigan, Roman-Jones, Inc. has the necessary capital
equipment and development tools to provide engineering
to meet your exact needs and requirements. The Roman-Jones,
Inc. laboratory is fully equipped for leading edge electronic
Roman-Jones, Inc. is a certified member of the Xilinx Xperts
design services, an organization sponsored by Xilinx,
the largest provider of field programmable gate arrays
(FPGA). Our expertise and design experience with Xilinx
FPGA's began in 1988 with the XC3000 family. From that
time on, we have designed architectures featuring every
Xilinx family member. We have used and are experts in
all the design tools and offerings of Xilinx.
Using the Xilinx EDK tools, System On a Chip (SOC)
architectures can include the Power PC embedded in
the Virtex II Pro
family, or the MicroBlaze softcore processor
in a Virtex, Spartan II, or Spartan 3.
For smaller requirements the 8 bit PicoBlaze softcore
fits into minimal FPGA fabric with speeds in excess of
Of course we also offer our very own PB8051, softcore
8031, processor to preserve legacy software and a well
known microcontroller design architecture.
- Digital Signal Processing
Designs and architectures in Matlab Simulink using the
Xilinx Blockset can be easily integrated with other design
elements as an entire system in the FPGA. We have experience
with FIR filter design techniques. Our intimate knowledge
of the Xilinx FPGA fabric enables us to take your DSP
concepts into fast and small hardware. Application areas
include industrial signal acquisition, video processing,
The Xilinx PCI core enables you to put an entire digital
design on a single FPGA. We have PCI experience designing
cards for a standard PCI slot and proprietary implementations.
Both initiator and target agents are supported with high
data burst rates in mind. Our experience includes designing
asynchronous FIFO's to link data transfer between the
PCI and backend design clock domains. Applications include
PC add-in cards, data acquisition, and inter-board system
The principles of Roman-Jones, Inc. are Xilinx certified
trainers for a variety of Xilinx courses (offered through
Embedded Systems Development
DSP Design Flow
DSP Implementation Techniques
Designing a PCI System
Advanced FPGA Implementation
Designing For Performance (for the ASIC user)
Fundamentals of FPGA Design
Introduction to VHDL
Introduction to Verilog
In addition, personalized training can be offered on site
to establish FPGA design capabilities right in your engineering
Programmable Logic, PLDs and FPGAs, are design
specialities of Roman-Jones, Inc. With PLD design
experience since 1979
(when PAL devices were made popular by MMI), today's
capabilities allow work with the most complicated
gate arrays, FPGAs. Roman-Jones, Inc. owns licensed
development tools for programmable logic made by
Xilinx, Altera, Actel,
Lattice, Cypress, ICT, and Phillips.
- HDL -
VHLD, Verilog, and Abel
- Schematic Capture
ORCAD, Aldec Foundation, State Cad, Viewlogic, Viewdraw,
ProSeries, and WorkView Office.
- HDL -
Synplicity, Xilinx XST, Leonardo Spectrum, Synopsys FPGA
Express, Metamor, and DATA IO Abel.
Constraint driven synthesis and FPGA floorplanning provided
to properly drive the implementation tools
HDL - Modelsim and Aldec Active HDL
Gate Level - Aldec Active SIM, ViewSim, and ProSim
Behavioral and Testbench design is a main stay of our talents.
Simulation can be performed at all designs levels; RTL,
synthesized netlist, and post place and route. Timing verification
and static timing analysis are available on post place
and route netlists.
- Digital Electronic Design
Our digital design capabilities includes microprocessor/micro-controller
based systems design, sequencers, high speed bit slice,
disk and tape controllers, memory subsystems (dynamic
and static), IBM PC architecture, ISA bus, CAN, RS485,
SPI, USB, and I2C protocols. Applictions includes video,
data acquisition, and communications.
- Analog Electronics Design
Roman-Jones, Inc. has design experience with data separators,
miscellaneous phaselock loops, control systems, telecommunications,
modems, switching power supplies, AC & DC motor control,
temperature control systems, television, video and audio.
Analog circuit design is performed to minimize effects
of noise, power supply, and component variation sensitivities.
Consultation with circuit board layout vendors assures
- Software Design
Roman-Jones, Inc. has programming talents that equal
its hardware capabilities, including programming
expertise in many assemblers and high level languages,
operating systems, device drivers (including disk
tape, and networking), applications and industrial
programming. Programming expertise spans Intel and
from the large microprocessors to micro-controllers
including members of the 80x86, 680x0 through 680x,
68HC11, and the
8051 and its derivatives. Also included are micorcontroller
offerings from Zilog, Microchip, and Samsung. Programs
are written in C or assembler.
On the PC platform, programs are written in assembler,
C, C++, Java, Visual Basic utilizing the Microsoft Visual
Studio Tool offering. We have experience under MS-DOS,
Windows 3.x/95/98/NT/2000/XP. We have experience writing
BIOS, device driver, communications protocol, and database
mangement code. Most application programs complement a
custom hardware design. Area of expertise include data
acquisition, test equipment, industrial controllers, and
- Industrial Controls
Roman-Jones, Inc. has expertise in areas of control systems,
noise immunity, and factory hardened electronics, including
industrial PC design, motor control, temperature control,
load control and switching, signal conditioning, local
communication networks, and various sensor interfacing.
Area of expertise include factory floor controllers,
test equipment, and instrumentation with a heavy emphasis
on automotive, robotic, factory, and material handling
- Other services
provided by Roman-Jones, Inc. include:
- Expert Witness Services
Roman, president of Roman-Jones, Inc. has worked
with the legal profession providing
expert witness and
discovery services in areas where technical expertise
- Sales and Marketing Consultation
Lance Roman has been a consultant in electronic peripheral
and component sales. In addition, he has experience in
providing marketing plans, application engineering, customer
and product support, field service, competitive analysis,
and product planning.
- Entrepreneurial Services and Support
A consultant is an entrepreneur between startups. The engineers
of Roman-Jones, Inc. have prior experience at corporate
organization, management of personnel, program management,
finance and budget, generation of business plans, and
corporate operations, including manufacturing, engineering,
quality and materials.
- Engineering Internships Available
Please contact us if you are interested in an internship with our company.