Who We Are
LAVA designs and manufactures computing interfaces and devices for the Point of Sale, Kiosk, Gaming, Industrial Automation, Security and Access Control industries, and has been doing so since 1984. As experts in serial interfaces for PCI, PCIe, ISA, USB, and Ethernet buses, LAVA builds tablet PoE/USB/LAN devices, Ethernet-to-serial device servers, serial/parallel I/O boards, and embedded IoT/M2M connectivity devices.
With over a million LAVA products built into workstations, servers, retail POS systems, and industrial computers, LAVA products are trusted by resellers, distributors, OEMs and system builders in over 47 countries worldwide.
Centralized operations uniquely position LAVA to create custom solutions for specialized users in POS, industrial, and other mission-critical environments. LAVA can tweak an existing design, or create a new board from the ground up. The LAVA facility is equipped with dual high-speed Surface Mount Technology assembly lines and the latest in wave solder equipment, ensuring highly dependable manufacturing capacity. Capable of both large volume and short production runs (with fast turnaround), LAVA prototyping and product launches are quick and cost-effective.
LAVA designs and manufactures only top quality serial, parallel, and Ethernet I/O boards and devices. As the only North American manufacturer of serial connectivity products LAVA engineers, manufactures, and tests all products at our Toronto, Canada headquarters.
100% PRODUCT TESTING
LAVA uses only the highest quality components and subjects every final product to comprehensive testing before it leaves the factory, virtually eliminating re-seller maintenance and servicing costs.
LAVA I/O products stringently conform to industry standards and protocols, ensuring compatibility and interoperability with other manufacturers’ hardware, software, and peripherals.
REAL-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
LAVA Technical Support is staffed by technical engineers who provide both installation and operational support. They can answer questions or troubleshoot installations Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.
- The first PCI interface in a compact form factor and low price point. (Today, LAVA’s PCI interface is still the lowest gate-count PCI ASIC bridge on the market).
- The first IRQ-selectable multi-function boards.
- The first true color graphics adapter for PCs.
- The first 460.8 kbps serial communications accelerator.
- The first PCI-based enhanced parallel port.
- The first industry-leading lifetime warranty, available on all LAVA products.
Message from the President
Ever since my earliest days in engineering, it was my goal to build the highest quality computer products in the industry. Some said I couldn’t do it. So in 1984, I started a company called LAVA – on a dare.
The company as established to reflect principles I feel strongly about – intelligent design, in-house manufacturing, vertical integration, and flexibility. Our focus has always been on making rock-solid I/O products at a reasonable price.
As any system builder can attest, most problems with PCs can be directly attributed to poorly designed boards and devices. At the low end, you find nameless manufacturers that are practically unreachable when you need technical support. And on the high-end… well let’s just say some manufacturers offer little value for padded pricing. For over 27 years, LAVA has been committed to building the world’s most reliable I/O boards and devices, while ensuring that each LAVA product is truly simple to install and use. We back this commitment with the industry-leading LAVA Lifetime Warranty. But the issue is not just one of warranties.
Reliability and simplicity are principles that lie at the heart of LAVA’s engineering philosophy: whether the task involves IP-enabling legacy POS equipment, or managing multiple serial port peripherals across a LAN or WAN, I always approach each new product development project by breaking down complexity into its simplest component parts.
So, by way of example for the engineers reading this message, LAVA treats the Ethernet just like a bus in our Ether-Serial Links – as a means of transporting data from one point to another. Once we understand the simplicity of this principle, building a truly reliable product is just a matter of combining additional ‘building blocks’. Simplicity means reliability, and it’s because we live by this principle that I can confidently claim that each LAVA I/O connectivity solution meets the highest possible standards of technical excellence.
Since design, engineering, and manufacturing take place in our centralized Canadian facility, I ensure each LAVA connectivity solution undergoes rigorous testing and hand inspection. Over the years, many clients and advisors have suggested that it may be more economical to move operations offshore or use lower grade components. My response was, yes, I could make I/O boards and devices cheaper, but I will not undermine our principles, nor will I put the LAVA name on it unless I can personally guarantee its quality.