Hardware design HWDE


Specifying a hardware design model for a defined system architecture.

Guidance notes


Examples of computing and communications equipment include - but are not limited to - semiconductor processors, high performance computing (HPC) architectures and digital signals processor (DSP) and graphics processor chips.

Activities may include - but are not limited to...

  • defining how hardware components fit into the system and integrate with software if required
  • selecting, designing, specifying, integrating and prototyping of hardware components
  • adhering to industry standards including compatibility, safety, security, reliability and sustainability

This is typically related to the integration with, or connection to, an IT infrastructure or network.

Hardware design: Level 6


Provides overall direction and leadership in the hardware design practice within an enterprise. Influences industry-based models for the development of new technology and components. Develops effective procurement strategies, consistent with business needs. Sets, drive adoption and ensure the adherence of organisational policies, strategies and standards for hardware design.

Hardware design: Level 5


Specifies and designs complex hardware components/ systems. Selects appropriate design standards, methods and tools, consistent with agreed enterprise policies and ensures they are applied effectively. Reviews others' designs to ensure selection of appropriate technology, efficient use of resources, and effective integration of multiple systems and technology. Contributes to policy for selection of components. Undertakes impact analysis on major design options and assesses and manages associated risks. Ensures that hardware designs balance functional, quality, safety, security, systems management, reliability and sustainability requirements.

Hardware design: Level 4


Designs hardware components, taking account of target environment, performance, security, safety, reliability and sustainability requirements. Translates logical designs into physical designs and delivers technical prototypes of proposed components for approval and production. Designs the tests to measure the performance of prototypes and production output against specification and inform iterative development.