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Copilot for firmware engineers

Metalware is building copilot for the 1.5 million firmware engineers worldwide. We help hardware companies launch embedded systems 10x faster by automating low-level programming.

Metalware
Founded:2023
Team Size:2
Location:
Group Partner:Michael Seibel

Active Founders

Ryan Chow

Co-founder & CEO of Metalware. Previously SpaceX, JHU APL.

Ryan Chow
Ryan Chow
Metalware

Andrew Nedea

Co-founder & CTO of Metalware. Previously SpaceX, Amazon Robotics, Autodesk.

Andrew Nedea
Andrew Nedea
Metalware

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TLDR: Metalware is building copilot for the 1.5 million firmware developers worldwide. We help hardware companies launch embedded systems 10x faster by automating low-level programming. Sign up for early access.

👋 Team

We're Ryan and Andrew! We met at SpaceX, where we wrote firmware that runs on >1 million Starlink antenna dishes. We've worked on embedded systems for critical projects, including launch pads, manufacturing lines, and robotics. Now we’re building the tool we wish we had.

❌ Problem

Writing embedded software always takes longer than engineers expect, often delaying projects. Embedded has unique challenges compared to other types of software:

  • Hardware limitations require tailored embedded software for each system, considering constraints like memory, timing, processing power, and storage.
  • Hardware integration with physical devices like sensors complicates development and requires in-depth hardware knowledge.
  • Finding information is difficult due to scattered and broken documentation, including hardware datasheets, user manuals, code, and errata.
  • Repetitive work happens because engineers often write similar software for identical hardware to suit different applications and business contexts.

All hardware has a layer of firmware underneath. It powers all the critical things in our world—rockets, satellites, electric vehicles, defense drones, robotics, and so much more.

🙌 Solution

Metalware analyzes user manuals and engineering data to form an intermediate representation (IR) of the hardware. We build small, specialized LLMs that run locally to accelerate firmware development:

  • Automate low-level tasks (e.g., generate header files)
  • Generate bare-metal or RTOS driver implementations
  • Produce unit tests, documentation, and code snippets
  • Analyze datasheets and programming manuals

Here's a quick demo:

🙏 Ask

  • Sign up for early access and we will get in touch!
  • Introduce us to companies who want to use LLM-based dev tools but are prohibited due to legal, export, security, or data concerns (bonus points for aerospace & defense)! Email founders@metalware.io

Thank you!

—Ryan and Andrew