Manufacturing mobile devices

Posted on 2006-05-08
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Last Modified: 2010-04-26
Dear experts,

I have a potential project that requires developing a device hardware prototype as well as a software application for it. Since I don't know nothing about building a device prototype, I have no idea where to start. I'm looking for articles, websites, names of vendors, or anything that can help me to better understand what are the steps to build a device prototype.

Additionally, the initial proposed design of the device will be small, high-mobility, with smart programmable buttons and greyscale TFT screen. Do you have any suggestions/recommendations?

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I recommend that you should attend the organization in the link below, that will help fullfill your needs:



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ID: 16645737

Thanks for your suggestion. I will have a look at it. So far that I realise the SMTA is in the US and most of the events are held in the US too. Since I'm based in Australia, it would probably be a bit difficult for me at the moment.

But thanks!

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Oop! not know that you are from Australia ...

Are you looking for component level (chip design, wafer fab), or PCB level (print circuit board assembly), or completed unit (finished good that included mechanical, testing, etc)? Reason I asked because your question is in wide areas!

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ID: 16664037
Thanks for asking that question (actually!!)

I'm designing a system that requires a proprietary device to be designed and built, however I know nothing about electronics, PCB design, etc. and I was thinking of hiring a hardware design consultant to design the device from components selection, PCB design, to product design. But i don't know how to start...
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PUNKY earned 600 total points
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Well, this is complete process that can be called Design, Build, and Ship! I suggest that you should go to vendors that provide services from A-Z such as:


And many mid and small sized companies around world. I am sorry that I dont know much in Australia, but those companies listed above are world sized companies. Here is what you could do to get some ideas! call them up and let them know what you want, they will have you some roadmap (just what you get to know how and where to start!). And yes, a hardware design consultant is just what you need. My expertise is just a part of what you need, and sorry I can help you more. If you need advices regarding process development in PCB (design, process, testing, mechanical), feel free to ask.


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