Surfaceink Acquires Component Selection Startup GPiO to Bolster Engineering Services and Client Resources

Surfaceink Acquires Component Selection Startup GPiO to Bolster Engineering Services and Client Resources

Silicon Valley Firm Expands Service Offering to Meet Global Demand


SAN JOSE, Calif.– ( BUSINESS WIRE ) — Surfaceink , the leading provider of consumer device engineering and product development services since 1999, announced today that it has acquired GPiO, a privately held venture-backed company that helps expedite hardware engineering component decision-making processes to accelerate bringing consumer electronics products to market.



“Component selection is a critical element in the architecture phase for any product development process”


Surfaceink, whose portfolio includes more than 400 shipped client products in the consumer electronics, medical device, and industrial markets, plans to use GPiO’s component data as a resource for its new and existing clients. Over the last year, GPiO has released objective comparisons on some of the newest as well as most commonly used MEMS microphones and battery charger IC’s on the market; two component families that have widespread use in the growing wearable and IoT spaces.


“Surfaceink has an amazing reputation and portfolio and we are excited to be part of the company’s continued success,” said Sagar Savant, founder and CEO of GPiO, who will be joining SurfaceInk’s engineering team.


“Component selection is a critical element in the architecture phase for any product development process,” said Eric Bauswell, CEO, Surfaceink. “Our clients will immediately benefit from the extended engineering services we gain with this acquisition. Strategically we can accelerate predictability and bring products to market with more cadence.”


About SurfaceInk 


SurfaceInk provides full-system product design and development services to Fortune 500 companies and startups in the Consumer Electronics market segment; from initial product strategy and design to detailed hardware and software engineering to production ramp. Clients include global market leaders such as Amazon, Apple, Broadcom, Cisco, Dell, Dolby, Fitbit, Google, HP, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola, Netgear, Nikon, NVIDIA, Oculus, Pepsi, Plantronics, Qualcomm, Tesla and many more plus numerous high-potential startups. 


SurfaceInk is a privately held company headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices in San Jose, CA.

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Eric Bauswell

Founder and CEO

Eric began his career designing tractor mowers for Textron before landing in Silicon Valley where he was motivated by the challenge of fast-paced and industry leading design at Apple. As surfaceink grew, Eric expanded surfaceink to develop products for Palm, Flextronics, and Dell to name a few. He continues to be motivated by the creative challenges from Fortune 100 companies and emerging high-tech startups.


Chris Whittall

Director of Industrial Design

Chris works to ensure that client goals are realized through attractive and innovative design solutions. With over 20 years of experience as an industrial designer, Chris enjoys transforming complex technical challenges into beautiful and intuitive product solutions that deliver solid business results. Before joining surfaceink, Chris worked at Speck Design, Whipsaw, HP, Montgomery Pfeifer and GVO. Chris holds 45 U.S. design patents, and his work has been recognized by IDEA, Red Dot, Spark, IF, Chicago Athenaeum and Popular Mechanics.


Geoff Chatterton

Vice President of Software Engineering

Geoff is surfaceink’s VP of Software, and he loves seeing his award-winning products, including an Emmy and three times Best of CES, in the hands of millions of people around the world. With a focus on creating cutting-edge consumer experiences, his career has spanned 20 years across a mix of successful startups and top tier established companies including Apple, Dell, and PayPal. A recognized industry innovator, Geoff earned his undergraduate degree from MIT and has over 80 patents issued or pending.