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Supplier assessment criteria for electronic design skill and capabilities

By VentureOutsource.com Staff

Electronics OEMs seeking to source electronics design services face different challenges when qualifying a new supplier or contract electronics provider compared to locating a pure EMS provider. The list below is not comprehensive but includes  most of the specific criteria categories OEMs would expect to find/evaluate.

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Some qualifying information/questions OEMs should look for/ask potential electronics design firms in the RFP / RFQ, site visit phases would include; whether or not each service is provided, the number of dedicated technical staff per category/criteria, the number of years of internal staff experiences, software tools utilized (including version #), explanations for which design data manager tools are used as well as any other similar types of toolsets required for a design skill (and years of experience with such software tools) and, number of workstation where applicable.

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Checklist for defining electronic design supplier headcount, tools and skills
1. Part Strategist
2. Component Engineering
3. Electrical
4. Optical
5. Physical Design/ Layout (PCB)

  • Electrical CAD Specialist
  • Mechanical CAD Specialist

6. Industrial/Mechanical
7. Software/Firmware
8. System
9. Simulation
10. Quality Assurance

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11. ICT (In Circuit Test)
12. Test Hardware Development/Qual/Debug
13. Test Software Development/Enhancement/Debug
14. Shock Testing
15. Vibration Testing
16. PCA Cross Sectioning
17. X-Ray Analysis
18. Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM w/ EDX)
19. Optical Microscopy
20. Chamber Services

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21. Surface Insulation Resistance Testing
22. BGA (ball grid array) Testing
23. Functional / Device Testing
24. Conformance Services (for example)

  • Tellecordia
  • EMI / EMC
  • IPC
  • NEBS
  • ITU
  • ANSI

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