Crownhill is a privately held, independent company founded in 1994 by the current Managing Director, Lester Wilson and his wife Beryl. The company was a real, low-capital, startup! Originally working from a spare room, the company sustained year on year growth to break through $1M turnover back in in 1999.
Building on the deep and broad experience of the founder and the loyal employees, Crownhill pioneered in focusing its attention on embedded PICŪ microcontroller development tools and smart card design in the small and medium enterprise sector, well before both PICŪ Micro's and Smart Cards became fashionable.
What we do
Crownhill is now based at purpose built facilities in Cambridge, England allowing us to facilitate design and building of prototypes through to final assembly of finished items, in-house. This includes design and manufacture of printed circuit boards and CNC automated assembly. Our capabilities extend to custom IC design and engineering to Silicon level. More information is available by visiting our PCB Manufacturing service pages.
PICŪ BASIC Compiler and Development Boards
We manufacture and sell PICŪ microcontroller Development tools, such as the Proton Development Board and the Proton Development Suite designed for PICŪ BASIC code development. Our PICŪ BASIC development systems even extend to Ethernet and Wi-Fi!
Our e-commerce site sells a whole plethora of electronic products and components, including PICŪ microcontrollers, Graphic LCDs and Device programmers.
Crownhill have been working with smart cards since the early 90's and the company has a detailed understanding of the processes involved in the areas of card manufacture, operating systems developing and Smart Card design. Crownhill can supply Smart Cards incorporating microcontrollers from any of the major manufactures in the market place, e.g. Atmel, Microchip, Thompson, Siemens to name just a few, in addition Crownhill stock many "off the shelf" cards for applications ranging from door access, credit/debit cards, loyalty cards and electronic purse applications. Crownhill has developed its own exclusive OPEN ARCHITECTURE Smart Cards, allowing clients to develop their own unique operating systems. Crownhill have also developed the worlds first 1Mbyte GSM phase 2+ SIM card. Crownhill offer design services for both Smart Card manufacture and Smart Card operating systems.
Crownhill also have experience in the design of 125Kz and 13.5 Mhz contactless smart card systems, utilising cards, tags and self adhesive labels, and and supplies a range of readers writers and development systems.
Crownhill appreciate the difficulties involved in learning about the different types of Smart card systems, uses and applications. Crownhill supply several low cost full function Smart Card development systems covering virtually every type of card currently available including high security cards and Contactless Smart Cards.
Crownhill specialise in bringing you the latest Eprom, EEprom and Microcontroller devices at the very lowest prices! Crownhill use highly developed order consolidation techniques to pass on the massive discounts offered by manufacturers for bulk orders. Crownhill typically offers the 1000 off price for single component orders, and it's much better than that for large orders!
We have had the privilege of building strong relationships with our clients in several areas, allowing us to develop comprehensive solutions for, amongst others:
- Universites and colleges in the UK and overseas.
- UK government bodies and international government departments.
- The ARRP and The RSGB.
- Volvo, Ford Research, GPT, Philips, Orange, Vodaphone, 1-2-1, Ericsson, Kenwood, Marconi, Motorola.
- Knowledge-intensive industries including professional services companies.
- Publishers and media