In Part 1 of this two-part blog, COTS, Custom, or Something In-Between: Balancing Cost, Time to Market, and Value Add, we looked at the differences between commercial off-the-shelf (COTS), custom, and semi-custom designs. In other words, do I buy existing hardware, have the vendor design something that’s specific to my needs, or is there something in between?
Here in Part 2, we reason that, while COTS hardware offerings provide significant cost and time-to-market advantages, many industrial systems demand customized hardware for reasons as basic as specialized packaging requirements. Embedded design experts—in many cases, those same COTS vendors—can help combine the benefits of COTS and custom designs in solutions that incorporate lower cost, fast time to market, and unique differentiation.
Read Part 2 here: https://bit.ly/2TQBy9e