Philip Black

Woodbridge, Connecticut, USA IEEE Connecticut Section
Special Skills

Technical Specialities

Philip Black is the president of Presco, Inc. (www.Prescoinc.com) a firm which specializes in electronic product development, embedded software, electro-mechanical design and electronics manufacturing. Dr. Black received his Ph.D. in Engineering & Applied Science from Yale University in 1977 and founded Presco in the same year. The company�s resources include a fully equipped electronics laboratory plus production, burn-in and test facilities. The corporate focus is on developing high complexity OEM electronic circuit modules at minimum cost. This is accomplished through algorithm development and aggressive utilization of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). Expertise in gate arrays, embedded processors and high speed circuit design has been applied to optical character recognition, medical instrument design, ultrasound non-destructive testing, voice recognition, heads-up laser displays, communications systems, ink jet (drop on demand) printing, automatic optical inspection, data compression and decompression algorithms, digital signal processing, neural net systems, pattern recognition and image processing. Presco has extensive experience in real time programming, digital signal processing (DSP) and software driver development in Windows, Linux, and various real time operating systems such as VxWorks. Applications include computer based controllers for industrial machine tools, closed loop control of vibration test systems, data path solutions for ink jet printers, scientific and bio-medical instruments, and acoustic pattern recognition. Additional skill areas include power conversion and power districution systems, mechanical design for metal and plastic components, industrial design, and thermal analysis.

Additional Specialities

Presco has a skilled software team that provides development services to clients on a contract basis. We have significant experience in the design of real-time embedded software, signal processing software, graphical user interfaces, device drivers, data communications, algorithms, databases, and web-based software. Real-time, multi-threaded, embedded software design is one of Presco�s core strengths. We have designed systems using dozens of different microprocessor families, from an 8-bit PIC micro, to a 32-bit OKI ARM controller, to an Analog Devices Blackfin DSP. Our designs commonly include communications interfaces via TCP/IP, USB, or RS-232. We have extensive design experience using C, C++, MFC, Matlab, Visual Basic, and Assembly, for operating systems such as Windows, Linux, and VxWorks. Our clients come from a wide variety of industries. As a result, we have developed a broad range of experience in applications such as telecommunications, image processing, acoustics, motion control, OCR, data compression, and drop-on-demand inkjet printing.

Technical Expertise

New Product Development
Circuits and Printed Circuit Design
Digital Design
Analog Design
Embedded Systems, Hardware, Software and Controls
Electro-Mechanical
Electrical Power, Transformers, Switchgear and Controls
Manufacturing