Behind the Scenes: How Electronic Products are Developed

Entrepreneurs who wish to turn their electronic products face many challenges. Getting hardware manufactured, having direct access to electronics manufacturers is difficult for first-time developers who enter the market.

Every product germinates from a rough idea, and gradually goes through different stages before it becomes a commercially viable product. There are many independent design houses who can produce amazing prototypes for the electronic device you wish to produce and sell to the market. Inventing new technology, and having it manufactured is a long process; however it no longer needs to be difficult. TechDesign is here to change the way electronics are produced.

Traditionally, companies will outsource the electronic design work, usually to hardware manufacturers in China.  The scope of work ranges from electronic interference testing to software development and customer support. Companies also have to negotiate on the price and the way in which the product will be delivered.

Although the common way of paying fixed fees can achieve good budget control, it is never flexible enough to deal with any additional bargains. Let’s say the design house may ask for a higher price and the client may add more demanding requirements to the project. What could happen is the endless revision eventually endangers the success of the project. To ensure the project’s success, firms will specify their needs through documents like Market Requirements Documents (MRDs) and Product Requirements Specifications (PRSs). These legally binding documents can keep both sides on the same page.

Via 4epd.com
Via 4epd.com

However, the list of criteria doesn’t just end there. Both parties will sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to make trade secret discussion easier. Once production is underway, constant communication between both sides is required to keep the project on track. Needless to say, repetitive testings of proposed design with dummy circuit boards or virtual machines is needed. On top of all that, the client will need the Bill of Materials (BOM) to guard the quality of specific components. BOM typically lists required components for the final product, and clients can decide for themselves whether substitutions of components are allowed. Apart from BOM, several lists like Approved Venders Lists (AVLs), Approved Manufacturer Lists (AMLs) and lists of components will be necessary to safeguard quality of the product during the product development process.

Before the product goes to mass production, the design house will run it through three testing phases: Engineering Verification Testing (EVT), Design Verification Testing (DVT), and Product Verification Testing (PVT). As for the client, it will seek certification marks that is required by the intended market for the product.

Up to this point, you may wonder if there is such solution that simplifies the whole product development process. This is when TechDesign comes into the picture. We are dedicated to bridging the gap between different parties in the electric product supply chain and we aim to make everyone’s life easier through our platform. By bringing the originally lengthy process to the Web, it will be much easier for all sides to track product development and smoothen the flow of the process. After all, in the age of Internet, the best solution has to come from what is trending.

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