Custom Application

Reference hardware design is a technical blueprint and contains all the essential elements of a system. A reference design kit is provided by semiconductor, embedded, mobile and handheld devices and hardware manufacturers and can be modified by 3rd party vendors to suit their specific purpose. It is used as a starting point for third parties to build upon the existing designs, enhance it and reduce their time to market, thereby cutting costs and risk.

The availability of a good reference design or development kit is critical for OEM’s in deciding on a particular micro-controller or SoC for their embedded device. A reference design gives OEM’s a head start in developing application software to run on an embedded device. It also allows them to understand how various components have been integrated successfully and use the reference design framework as a starting point for their own design without spending valuable time and cost in navigating the quirks of hardware to build a functioning device.

Reference designs vary dramatically, ranging from small form factor packages containing only the processor to more robust tools with large displays and circuitry that integrate multiple processors, peripherals and ports. Thus, it is critical for manufacturers to offer good, robust hardware designs and development kits as a value add to OEM’s to market their products.

In general, manufacturers use reference designs to showcase the capabilities and features of their hardware such as micro-controllers, SoC, DSP’s, etc. They tend to provide more complex and robust reference designs for their flagship products. However, it is quite difficult to showcase the various capabilities of these complex products without developing a software application featuring a custom user interface that runs on the reference design. For example – A GPS Navigation application on a reference design featuring a micro-controller that is targeted for the GPS market would make a much more powerful statement to OEM’s and vendors than a reference design without any application.

iLink Systems has been very successful in developing and porting software applications to reference hardware designs for several companies. By building customized, UI-rich applications on reference hardware and development kits that showcase the entire feature set of their products, iLink can help transform the way semiconductor and hardware manufacturers market their products and increase their return on investment.

Operating Systems

  • Win CE, Linux, Window Mobile


  • Flash Lite, XAML, .NET Nuke, ASP .NET, J2ME, Cocoa/Carbon

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    Strategist – Cloud Solutions at Microsoft


    Sriram Ganapathy is a Technical Specialist with Microsoft. He has been with Microsoft for 17+ years and has held a variety of roles including solution sales, technical and partner sales, services, support and consulting. During his tenure at Microsoft, his focus has been on the Microsoft Data platform technologies. Sriram is based in Dallas and is focused on providing technology and solution guidance to customers in the US central region in SQL Server, Azure, Big Data, Advanced Analytics and related technologies. 

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    Abhi Vantaram
    Director, iLink Systems

    Abhi has over ten years of experience working on an array of strategic planning, technology assessment, internet infrastructure, software architecture, development and implementation projects. He has over 6 years of experience in working on Environmental applications including Compliance, EMS, Sustainability, Haz Waste, Haz Mat, Conservation, NEPA, etc. He has worked with several fortune 500 clients, startups and product companies, as well as Federal, State & Local, Global Government. He has managed large teams, developed and delivered multiple enterprise solutions. He is well versed and has experience working with both Java/Oracle and Microsoft based technologies.

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    Manigandan Gopalakrishnan
    Director NE Region, iLink Systems


    Mani has over 20 years of IT experience that spans Solution and Services Sales experience across various verticals such as Financial Services, Communications, Manufacturing, Media and Entertainment, CPG etc. He has worked with iLink for over 6 years, is based out of NJ and currently heads the NE Region Practice for iLink managing Sales and Business Development for NE, Mid Atlantic and some states in North Central, Mid-West and Heartland Districts.

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    Director – Central region, iLink Systems


    Mr. Parihar, with over 15 years of experience, has overall responsibility for the strategy and business development, including sales and marketing, of the Central region. Mr. Parihar holds a Master degree in Wireless Communication from the University of British Columbia and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.


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    VP – Business Operations & Innovation, iLink Systems

    Piyush is a performance driven technology leader with 16 years of experience in IT, and has overall delivery responsibility for all projects at iLink. He is intrigued by the ways in which technology binds us all, and touches our life (and business) on a daily basis. He enjoys discovering and simplifying the true value, often veiled behind the seemingly complex technology landscape of today. He has worked with several Fortune 500 companies, startups and ISVs to delivery large scale enterprise solutions as well as innovation driven R&D engagements. Personally responsible for iLink’s TCG (Technology Consulting Group) team, he relishes the opportunity to work on cutting-edge technologies, including delivery of various frameworks and accelerators.

    Prior to iLink, he has served in key positions in Infosys Technologies and TATA Interactive Systems. He holds a Bachelors of Technology degree from IIT (ISM) Dhanbad, and Masters in Electrical & Computer Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

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