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CE-FCC certification: Not every certification is the same…

The certification process of an electronics board, product in general is a fundamental quality step that needs to be done before start an industrial production.

This is not only because it is required by the law of many countries, but because it is required by the common “good sense and practice", and at the end of the game is also very fundamental to the good business results, by building parts that will not come back as defective or, worse, be a source of claims and damages. That’s much worse.
CE Certification Novasom Industries
FCC Certification Novasom Industries

Both CE-FCC certification tests, are made of a series of emitted-conducted tests, that mainly assure that the board, product you submit to the certification test resists to some “certain level” of conducted pulse-purge injected into its power line and does not perturb the normal working flow of the board (for the conducted), or, when the board is in its normal operating mode, it does not emit over a certain level from anywhere, including power plug or connection to sensors or actuators involved into this “normal operation mode”.

Those kinds of measurements (I want to call them measurements because this is what the certification process means, it’s a certified measure), is typically done by third part labs, so the results are replicable because the tests are done using a defined standard method, and done with integrity, because the reputation of the labs (and it’s authorization) to do its job is seriously in jeopardy otherwise. You are also assured that no profitability, marketing or sales pressure affects the “result”.

Thanks to this certified measurement, we (manufacturer of the board), and you (user of the board) are sure that the board will not be affected by EMC noise...
And if something strange happens, the problem is somewhere else.

A very good starting point for us, and for your investigation of the emissions problem because we’ve excluded the most complex and potential EMC source of the system

But, the certification result is a binary condition, the measurement is not.

The board can be certified with a huge margin of safety, or a minimum. It may be certified with a metal shield or without. It’s not the same…. Like driving w/o glasses. Yes you see but…

Take a moment to look to the complexity and detail of our certification measurement. First of all, all documentation is there ready to be shown as a sign of our seriousness, and to be used as a worksheet for the reasons above.

And notice that the overall Novasom production has been certified with a totally naked board, without even a partial metal shield.

While not evident this is an extremely important detail that assures you that the board has been done “well” also from this point of view, that there is no posthumous solution made after a failed certification.
Much better I think.

Yes, the DDR3-4 routing of the memory bus is more complex, may require a higher layer of PCB or a gold finished ground plane, as a more complex filtering stage to power, input or output, but this is the result.

Quality/Reliability. Measured and Certified.

This is a Novasom Board

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We believe that a good technical support is one of the key of our and your's success. To give you the best services we can, our engineer need to understand your request , may be replicate the probem you ask , and give you a proper and sure answer. In order to do this in a structured way, we use a process and a management tools that will require a minimum process time and proper tools to avoid miss information with " quick email" .

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Step 1 - Fill in the form

To better help you, we need to identify you and your company. Please insert your company e-mail and your company name in order to allow us to easily identify you and to offer to you the best possible support. To send the request, you must accept the support conditions. After completing everything, click "Send".

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Step 3 - Login with the credentials you receive

Reconnect to the site and, with the your credentials, do the "Login"
Step 4 - Read Documentation or open a Support Case

Step 4 - Read Documentation or open a Support Case

Once logged in you will have the opportunity to choose between "Documentation" and "Cases"

"Documentation" is the section where you can find manuals, application notes and other documentation useful to make your product work. TIP: before opening a case, try to take a look at this section, the resolution of your problem could be at your fingertips.

"Cases" is the section where you can open the real requests for assistance and have a direct contact with our support team. Our target is to help you in the shortest time we can, but our main purpose is to give you a good and proper answer. Those things require time, to understand, because those things are complex and every customer is important to us.
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Step 5 - To open the Case go to

Step 5 - To open the Case go to "Cases" and select New Case

Step 6 - Fill the technical support form

Step 6 - Fill the technical support form

A new form will open and you’ll be able to insert the type of request and the type of problem. We ask you to be as precise as possible including, in addition to the problem encountered, and the identification data of the board/product (product number, serial number, DC, order code); in this way we could offer you the best possible support.
After entering all the data, press "Send". The request comes directly to our support team who will try to give you the best assistance in the shortest possible time.
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Step 7 - How to see all open Cases (will this be by company or by individual?  If individual you can indicate “your” open cases.)

Step 7 - How to see all open Cases (will this be by company or by individual? If individual you can indicate “your” open cases.)

Pressing "List Case" you’ll have the history of all the open Cases and you will to be able to monitor their statuses, maintain a dialog with our support team and to close once resolved.

Request that once a case is opened you try to maintain a dialog within the case and not start a new case unless it is for a separate “problem” warranting a separate technical investigation.