BEAM Ltd is a specialist systems
development company aiming at the
areas of real-time, parallel, DSP and embedded systems, instrumentation
systems and Network appliances using the
Linux operating system. We are based near Bristol in the UK.
Development FocusSome of the main areas we have detailed experience in are:
Systems and Software DevelopmentWe are able to undertake all levels of system development from R&D through to production packaged systems, including hardware specification and implementation. We have detailed experience of the Linux operating system allowing us to design and implement real-time 24/7 systems within this environment. Our engineers also have hardware design and development experience. This knowledge provides us with the ability to develop software systems with close hardware interaction and to develop specialist hardware interface components.
Normally the source code for the software we develop is supplied to the client so that they can continue development themselves if they wish although we also are happy to provide flexible and cost effective support contracts. We are also happy to produce software under the GNU GPL or LGPL licenses if required.
Its is normal for us to quote a fixed price for a development contract based on a formally agreed specification, although for smaller items of work, man day pricing can be applied.
Network Appliances and Embedded SystemsBEAM has a good deal of experience with designing and implementing Network Appliances and Embedded systems. A Network appliance is a device dedicated to perform a simple task that is connected to a computer network either using Ethernet or WiFi wireless connections. A Network appliance has simple configuration options and is designed to operate 24/7. They are usually controlled from other systems connected to the network. Quite often these systems are based on low power single board computers, although we have experience in designing systems using standard Intel PC architecture. We have ported Linux to run on a variety of platforms including those based on the ARM and PPC architectures.
Typical Network Appliances include:
FPGA Systems DevelopmentIn recent years BEAM has been involved in the development of systems that utilise reconfigurable hardware. Specifically field programmable gate arrays (FPGA's). The FPGA solution is suited to many high performance, real-time tasks. They are most suited to tasks where a high level of parallelism at a low level is present.
BEAM has been at the forefront of using these devices within standard Linux based PC systems for real-time data processing applications.
Consultancy ServicesTypically, our consultancy service is used by research/development organisations. The customer usually has expert domain knowledge in their application area but lack system expertise, integration expertise, or are short of manpower.
'Kick starting' customer development
A popular option is the development of code in a generic manner that the customer can then take and apply the final tweaks for their final requirements,in a manner of speaking the creation of a template. We sort out the 'nitty gritty' leaving the client the flexibility for the final polish.
Device drivers bridge the important gulf between hardware and software, where the hardware functionality is mapped onto a standard operating system interface. The hardware background of all our staff is an important factor in producing clean and not unduly complex device drivers. Our goals are reliability, simplicity and maintainability.
Product developmentBEAM can provide assistance in the full product development cycle. From client concept to product reality.
We have in-depth knowledge of the working of systems and can produce systems software that can perform for the most demanding applications.
Main Skill Areas
||Linux, Unix, Lynx, Microsoft
||C++, C, Python, PHP, Java, Perl,
||I386, PPC, ARM, Alpha, I860,
68000, Transputer, 8 bit controllers etc
||Xilinx Sparten, Xilinx Virtex,
Xilinx Virtex-II, Virtex-II-Pro