Technical feasibility

PART B: VALORISATION PLAN

SECTION I: Testing

 

1

Has the R & D result been tested?

YES

X

NO

 

 

The following question is replied according to the reply in question 1

 

If yes

 

1a

In what mode has the result been tested?

•             Prototype

•             Pilot Application

•             Alpha/BETA testing

 

The USB mass storage device class (USB MSC) is a protocol that allows a USB device (e.g. a pendrive, a digital camera, …) to become accessible to a host device, to enable file transfers between the two. To the host, the USB device appears similar to an external hard drive. That kind of interface is very common in nowadays hosts (e.g PCs).

The Simplified Multifunctional USB is an algorithm that uses the USB MSC to add communication capabilities to the link between the host and the device. The idea is to avoid the use of different classes like USB communications device class  in conjunction with MSC to avoid problems rising by the use of composite devices vs the different operating systems.

The idea has been implemented in a software algorithm and validated by means of a demonstrator. The demonstrator is an application of the software in a real hardware (a microcontroller with a USB interface) that allowed the test of the software in real conditions.

The target of the application is on final devices since the mere use of demonstrator HW in a final product results in a not effective solution from the cost viewpoint (duplication of microcontroller).

 

 

1b. Please describe and discuss the testing results
The demonstrator, namely EasyUSB, allowed to to test the functionality of the algorithm and showed positive results.

In addition to the hardware, some software libraries has been developed to allow the integration of the EasyUSB module in host applications.

 

 

 

If no:

 

1c

Describe what type of testing does the R&D result need?
N/A

 

 

 

1d. What is the time needed for testing?
N/A
1e. What is the cost needed for testing?
N/A

 

 

SECTION 2: Current Stage of Development

 

2a

To what extent does the development team have technical resources for supporting the production of a new product? (Researchers, human resources, hardware, etc. )
The prototype of the software is already validated in the case of the EasyUSB module.

Moreover, the prototype is already on the market since it is available through an electronic component distributor. In case of big quantity commitments, the company will outsource the production of the module.

2b

What are the technical issues that need to be tackled for full deployment, if needed?
There are not special issues to be faced in the case of the EasyUSB module.

Different target applications may require technical support or modification driven by the final developer.

2c

What additional technical resources are needed for the production of this new product?
Since the production process is outsourced, the only activities that has to be taken into account are the management of production reject, if any, and the after sales activities.

 

 

2d

Overall assessment of the current stage of technical development.
The development is in an advanced stage, the prototype is on the market and has been fully tested. There is no feedback from the market since the quantities are still not significant.

 

 

 

 

SECTION 3: Deployment

3a

Define the demands for large scale production in terms of
  • Materials
Electronic components (fully outsourced).

 

 

 

  • technologies, tools, machineries
Same as electronic equipment manufacturing plants (fully outsourced).

 

 

 

  • Staff effort
Same as electronic equipment manufacturing processes (fully outsourced).

 

 

 

SECTION 4: Overall Assessment

 

1

What is you overall assessment of the technical feasibility of the research result?
The R&D result considered is available in a product. This demonstrates the feasibility of applications implementing the idea.

A different approach may be envisaged by the company: provide the idea or the algorithm as an IP to a third party who is manufacturing devices in which storage and communications are simultaneous. In that case, it has to be demonstrated that the adoption of the idea may add value to the current products with respect to the  communication interfaces already in use. In fact, consumer products are providing USB connectivity (sometimes in a proprietary fashion) that allows both communication and file exchange.

 

 

 

 

 

KEYWORDS QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT (0-5).

 

Please put X as appropriate. 1 2 3 4 5
Adequacy of testing activity undertaken so far       X  
Adequacy and availability of technical resources of the development team       X  
Current development stage         X
Overall technical feasibility         X

 

 

 

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