August 23, 2023

Flux Copilot Can Adapt To Your Objectives

Ensuring that your project meets industry and application-specific standards is a critical part of hardware engineering. But juggling every tiny compliance detail? That can be overwhelming and, let’s be honest, annoying. Enter Flux Copilot, your AI assistant that never forgets.

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Today, we’re thrilled to launch a powerful new feature that allows you to declare project requirements like operating temperature, voltage, or compliance standards so Copilot can leverage that knowledge to accelerate tedious tasks like BOM verification, debugging, and part recommendations freeing you to do more of the work you love.

Copilot Presets mean you don’t have to start from scratch

Embarking on a new medical device project or crafting electronics designed to withstand the vacuum of space? Compliance standards are likely on your radar. To streamline this process we’re introducing Copilot Presets, a suite of community-driven templates tailored for various applications. You can simply choose from our favorites, fork, and modify them to fit your unique needs:

These presets are not a one-size-fits-all solution; they evolve with you. As your project requirements change, you can easily modify the properties, and Copilot will seamlessly update its understanding.

The best part? Copilot's memory ensures that whether you're revisiting a project or inviting collaborators to contribute, everyone stays on track with the latest requirements. It's a smarter, smoother, more cohesive experience that adapts to your workflow.

Giving Copilot context is easy

Imagine you’re designing an audio amplifier and you want to communicate your project requirements to Copilot. Simply add properties to your project like operating voltage, human interface, connectivity, and power requirements to give Copilot more context. Feel free to check out the full list of project requirements we used in this Audio Amplifier example.

Copilot sweats the details so you don’t have to

One of the new key benefits of  Copilot is its ability to remember and apply your project requirements throughout the entire design process.

While working on the Audio Amplifier project, I asked Copilot to connect U3 to U1, assuming that was the correct move. With its understanding of our specific project requirements, Copilot quickly identified that I’d need a voltage regulator for the Bluetooth module. This correction brought the 12V down to a safe level, ensuring our design complied with the energy efficiency requirement.

This early error detection is more than a convenience: it's a safeguard against potentially costly and time-consuming mistakes. By integrating Copilot into your design process, you're not just leveraging an intelligent tool; you're collaborating with an attentive and informed co-designer.

By keeping tabs on crucial details, Copilot saves you time and minimizes risks so you can concentrate on the big picture.

Smarter part recommendations

Choosing the right components for a project is complicated and project requirements can often become a tangled web of specs, datasheets, and constraints.

Copilot untangles that complexity and tells you exactly what you need and why you need it, balancing the project’s variables and constraints. . When you ask for part recommendations, Copilot doesn’t just toss out generic suggestions. It evaluates every single project requirement as an engineer would—comprehensively and contextually.

When I queried,

@copilot, can you recommend an audio amplifier for my project?

The response wasn't just a list of options. Copilot explained the reasoning behind the recommendation, aligning it with my project objectives. It recognized the need for energy efficiency, matching input sources, and the desired output power.

Lightning Fast BOM Verification

Checking all the parts in your BOM to ensure that they meet your project requirements takes forever. Now, Copilot can do it for you! You can ask questions like,

@copilot is my project RoHS compliant?

Copilot will parse all of your component’s datasheets and check them against RoHS compliance in seconds.

Copilot empowers you to do the work that really matters

Standards are critical to building great hardware, but the work of ensuring compliance to those standards sucks. Copilot handles the tedious busywork so you can focus on the next creative problem.

But this is about more than making your work more efficient. This is about making your work more meaningful, unlocking whole new categories of creative problems for you to solve. The better Copilot gets to know your project, the better Copilot can serve you. By using it, you’re evolving an AI to help you achieve your specific goals, accelerating your project and amplifying its impact.

Hardware engineers don’t become hardware engineers to reference datasheets. They do it, we do it, to solve hard problems, to invent new things, to make hardware that makes a difference in people’s lives. So do the work that really matters, and let Copilot handle the rest.

A new era of personalized AI is emerging, and we want to give you the tools to customize Copilot for your needs. Feel free to share your feedback, experiences, and your favorite Copilot Presets in our Slack community.

If this sounds interesting to you and you'd like to request a demo or learn more, please contact sales.

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Lance Cassidy

Lance is Co-Founder & CDO of Flux, a hardware design platform that’s revolutionizing how teams create and iterate on circuits. Find him on Flux @lwcassid

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