About Us

Timestar Developments is a UK-based company specialising in the rapid design and development of customer-specific, bespoke hardware and software solutions.

We have a proven track record of over 30 years, working with an impressive customer list including major UK and multinational organisations. Our responsive team means we are able to take on projects of all shapes and sizes.

Our History

The Company was founded as a sole tradership in 1986 and became Timestar Developments Limited in 1990.

Since then it has built up an impressive track record of successful projects and continues to add to an extensive list of satisfied customers in the Automotive, Energy, Scientific, and other industrial sectors.

How We Operate

Most projects undertaken by Timestar are on a fixed price basis, but in cases where this is impractical because of the open-endedness of the requirements, or is simply not the client’s preferred method of working, any or all of of Timestar’s services can be provided on a per-day or per-hour basis. This includes the provision of engineering staff to work entirely on client’s premises, even where this is for extended periods.

When preparing a fixed price quotation, we will work from the client’s statement of requirements in whatever form it exists, even if purely verbal.

We will often provide a considerable input, in terms of time and cost, to help define and clarify the requirements of a project, before any commercial relationship is entered into.

How and where we work

How and where we carry out the work depends on the nature of the project, taking into account such factors as the degree of liaison which is necessary with the client’s staff, and whether or not access to on-site hardware and facilities is essential.  Most projects however involve some element of time spent on the client’s premises, at least for the commissioning and acceptance testing stages.

Intellectual Property and design ownership

Timestar’s commitment is, in general, to deliver a proven design solution (whether in terms of software, hardware or both) and therefore the intellectual property specifically generated in the course of the project belongs to the client.

The documents which incorporate that intellectual property (such as design schematics, PCB Gerber files and software source code) are therefore made freely available to the client, although not all clients make use of this facility, preferring to come back to Timestar for the supply of further quantities of designed hardware products and/or enhancements of and modifications to software.

The one exception to the above is in respect of software copyright. Since parts of a bespoke software package required by one client may often be most economically delivered by modifying bespoke software previously created for another, we will usually negotiate a software development contract such that the copyright to the developed software is retained by Timestar, with the client being granted an unrestricted and irrevocable licence to copy, modify and distribute it, provided that Timestar’s copyright to the original delivered source is acknowledged.

Limpet Technology awarded Timestar the initial software development contract when the Limpet Height Safety System was still at the proof of concept stage.  But as we continued, over several years, to enhance the product with a succession of exciting new features and adapt it for new application areas, Timestar continued to deliver robust software in accordance with our specifications, and compliant with the relevant safety standards, whilst also providing creative input and technical support as and when required.

We were delighted with the relationship and were impressed by the rigour and quality of the work shown by the team at Timestar

Stephen Cornwallis
Director, Limpet Technology Ltd

Timestar designed, from the ground up, a “proof of concept” demonstrator for a new product we were developing.  This involved integrating novel technology, and delivering a complete working prototype (hardware and firmware) with an associated PC App and a Bluetooth interface to a Smartphone App.  They completed the project in a timely manner and met all of our expectations

Paul Whitfield
Design Manager, Rocket Medical PLC

Timestar picked up a project from the concept stage and developed it into a shippable product. This was a complex ASIC-related embedded micro architecture. Timestar’s engineer became the internal expert on this, helping out other software people, hardware designers and test staff

Gary Osborne
VP Engineering, Pyreos Ltd

Timestar has successfully delivered both large and small projects for Ilika. They delivered a complex Windows GUI which managed the setup, control and visualisation of electrochemical experiments, via an external hardware unit. But they were equally at home jumping into an existing project involving LORA and ultra low power microcontroller operation, providing timely assistance with software development at a critical stage.

We’ve always been 100% satisfied with Timestar’s responsiveness and quality of work

Chris Newman
Senior Technology Developer, Ilika Technologies Ltd

Get In Touch

Whether it’s an initial consultation or a full scale project, contact us today to discuss your electronic and software requirements.

Call 0191 229 0988
Email maildesk@timestar.co.uk