Who We Are

 

LAVA at a Glance

LAVA Computer MFG. Inc. headquartered in Toronto, Canada, designs and manufactures serial and parallel I/O boards and Ethernet-to-serial device servers widely used in the Point of Sale, Kiosk, Gaming, Industrial Automation, Hospitality, Security and Access Control industries. LAVA also has engineered the LAVA IP System (LIPS), an application-specific IP interface and hardware family for IP enabling Internet of Things devices quickly and at low cost. With well over a million LAVA products built into workstations, servers, retail POS systems, and industrial computers since 1984, LAVA I/O boards and Ether-Serial Links are trusted by resellers, distributors, OEMs and system builders in over 47 countries worldwide. Designed for lifetime performance, each LAVA connectivity link is individually tested and covered by the LAVA Lifetime Warranty.

 

The Source for Ports

LAVA specializes in serial connectivity, our core technological competence. This means we not only make standard and custom serial port products, we understand their application with external peripherals. Taking a strong partnership approach with our customers, resellers and distributors, our philosophy and tight integration of operations enables us to provide serial connectivity products that are Simple, Configurable, and Reliable.

 

Product Line

Serial device servers represent LAVA’s flagship product line. LAVA Ether-Serial Links are specifically designed to IP-enable and control peripherals from a remote server. However, internal serial port boards for use in computer-based applications that require additional COM ports remain popular with system builders, resellers, and distributors worldwide.

LAVA has also engineered the LAVA IP System (LIPS) for interfacing virtually any CPU to IP networks.

 

Engineering Philosophy

Specialized focus: 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 reseller maintenance and servicing costs.

 

Standards-based design: 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.

 

Custom solutions: 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.

 

Co-branding/Marketing support: In addition to being an electronics manufacturer, LAVA also owns and operates a complete, in-house printing facility capable of high quality four-color print production runs. Boxes, documentation, product labels, and posters are all produced in-house. Big on personalized service, LAVA can accommodate customers with specific co-branding requirements and marketing support.

 

LAVA Lifetime Warranty: LAVA warrants its hardware products to be free from defects in workmanship and materials under normal use and service, for life, while in the service of the original owner. More >>>

 

Company Overview

LAVA has earned a solid reputation through its commitment to engineering excellence and application of quality I/O boards and devices. In recognition of its philosophy of making hardware easy to use, LAVA has enjoyed a number of industry ‘firsts’ over the years which include:

  1. 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).
  2. The first IRQ-selectable multi-function boards.
  3. The first true color graphics adapter for PCs.
  4. The first 460.8 kbps serial communications accelerator.
  5. The first PCI-based enhanced parallel port.
  6. The first industry-leading lifetime warranty, available on all LAVA products.

 

Established

Founded in 1984 by Roman Wynnyckyj, President and Chief Design Engineer.