[hybrid.circuits] Re: 5 users

  • From: "T.L. Dlouhy" <tdcad@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: <hybrid.circuits@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 12:59:58 -0700

Hi Rod,

The FR4 board cost would be minimal. I know of several fabrication shops
that are very reasonable on price. Other things to consider would be:

1. What components are to be placed on the circuit? SMT resistors and
capacitors are fairly inexpensive in quantities, but vary depending on
values.

2. Will the product need to be assembled and tested in a clean room
environment to meet certain specifications?

3. How will the final component/assembly be mounted for customer use? Is
it to be surface mount contacts or leaded for thru holes? How will the
contacts/leads be attached to the PCB/substrate?

4. An enclosure is most likely going to be needed. How will this attach
to the PCB/substrate (Hi-Temp solder, crimping, etc.)

5. The test equipment could be rather expensive, but it can be leased
for the time it is needed. How automated is the testing process to be?
Can fixtures be made for automation or can existing fixtures be
used/modified?

I agree with Clyde with getting an attorney and having the Minicircuits
proposal reviewed. Another company you may want to approach is Remec.

Tom Dlouhy, C.I.D.



-----Original Message-----
From: hybrid.circuits-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:hybrid.circuits-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Rod Kirkhart
Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 2003 12:12 PM
To: hybrid.circuits@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [hybrid.circuits] Re: 5 users

Hello All (Tom & Clyde),
 
I am a liitle embarassed to say it, but I have no plan or idea where to
go with it.   I was recently given an offer to me from Minicircuits.
They were to give me royalties,  but the offer seemed risky to me.   I
would like to develop them myself, but the test equiment is expensive,
developing prototypes is too.
 
For example:
 
1 mixer is .5"x1" , built on a 2 layer FR4 board.  
 
How much would that run me for say 500 mixers?
 
 
Thanks,
 
Rod

Yahoo Email <pwb_engineer@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
What is involved? I have some business associates who are in this
business.
They might be interested in working with you.
Sincerely,
Clyde Sprowl
C&B PWB Design Services, Inc.
Phone 260.355.0590
Fax 603.258.5520
http://home.comcast.net/~pwb_engineer/
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rod Kirkhart" 
To: 
Sent: Monday, October 13, 2003 17:27
Subject: [hybrid.circuits] Re: 5 users


> I am an RF Designer. I have currently developed some PCB based designs
that are quite unique. They could be developed on anything from FR4 to
alumina. These designs are RF components such as mixers and multipliers.
I
would like to pursue development and manufacturing on my own, but would
like
help. Anybody interested?
>
> Rod
>
>
> Yahoo Email 
wrote:
> I consider myself a craftsman. Sometimes, I quit tracking hours, and
> concentrate on the placement and routing in order to give all my
attention
> to the final product, and not have to worry about if I'm overcharging.
It
> seems to make a difference with my customers. They see the quality in
the
> designs they receive. I bet they don't get that kind of service from
the
> offshore shops.
> Sincerely,
> Clyde Sprowl
> C&B PWB Design Services, Inc.
> Phone 260.355.0590
> Fax 603.258.5520
> http://home.comcast.net/~pwb_engineer/
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "T.L. Dlouhy"
> To:
> Sent: Monday, October 13, 2003 15:23
> Subject: [hybrid.circuits] Re: 5 users
>
>
> > From talking with companies that do hybrid design and are looking
for
> > EDA software, they are becoming quite busy, but are not yet ready to
> > step up to the plate and hire more designers.
> >
> > I have about ten years experience with thick film and thin film
hybrid
> > designs and have been exposed heavily to LTCC with cavities. In
> > addition, I have over 23 years of PCB design experience, mainly in
RF
> > and analog, but have done multi-layer digital boards.
> >
> > Working for my present employer, an EDA software company, one of my
many
> > duties is to cover technical support. It amazes me sometimes the
circuit
> > designs that are sent in for last minute trouble shooting have been
> > deemed acceptable for manufacture. I don't mean to sound cynical,
but I
> > cringe when I see some of the design practices that are used. Does
this
> > mean I still haven't lost my touch?
> >
> > Tom Dlouhy, C.I.D.
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: hybrid.circuits-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > [mailto:hybrid.circuits-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Yahoo
Email
> > Sent: Monday, October 13, 2003 12:56 PM
> > To: hybrid.circuits@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > Subject: [hybrid.circuits] Re: 5 users
> >
> > How's the captive job market for hybrid designers? Do you have any
pwb
> > design experience or ASIC experience?
> > Sincerely,
> > Clyde Sprowl
> > C&B PWB Design Services, Inc.
> > Phone 260.355.0590
> > Fax 603.258.5520
> > http://home.comcast.net/~pwb_engineer/
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "T.L. Dlouhy"
> > To:
> > Sent: Monday, October 13, 2003 14:51
> > Subject: [hybrid.circuits] Re: 5 users
> >
> >
> > > They have insurance, but the employee has to pay the full premiums
and
> > > they were California prices, around $700 a month and that was
three
> > > years ago. Who knows how much it is now. Same with the 401K; they
have
> > a
> > > program, but the employee is responsible for all donations to the
> > fund.
> > > The company puts in nothing.
> > >
> > > Tom
> > >
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: hybrid.circuits-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > > [mailto:hybrid.circuits-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Yahoo
Email
> > > Sent: Monday, October 13, 2003 12:39 PM
> > > To: hybrid.circuits@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > > Subject: [hybrid.circuits] Re: 5 users
> > >
> > > I hear you about the limited benefits. Don't you have health
benefits?
> > I
> > > don't either.
> > > Sincerely,
> > > Clyde Sprowl
> > > C&B PWB Design Services, Inc.
> > > Phone 260.355.0590
> > > Fax 603.258.5520
> > > http://home.comcast.net/~pwb_engineer/
> > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > From: "T.L. Dlouhy"
> > > To:
> > > Sent: Monday, October 13, 2003 14:19
> > > Subject: [hybrid.circuits] Re: 5 users
> > >
> > >
> > > > Clyde,
> > > >
> > > > Since I am working for an EDA software company, I am not sure if
my
> > > > answers apply, but here they are.
> > > >
> > > > 1) I am captive, although I may as well be contract since the
only
> > > > benefit I get is vacation.
> > > >
> > > > 2) Business is slow, but steady. There is a lot of interest, but
> > real
> > > > results thin out quickly.
> > > >
> > > > 3) In the EDA software business, my greatest need would be more
> > > > customers. As a designer, my greatest need would be to acquire a
> > > decent
> > > > paying design position with benefits.
> > > >
> > > > Tom Dlouhy, C.I.D.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > -----Original Message-----
> > > > From: hybrid.circuits-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > > > [mailto:hybrid.circuits-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Yahoo
> > Email
> > > > Sent: Monday, October 13, 2003 11:46 AM
> > > > To: Hybrids
> > > > Subject: [hybrid.circuits] 5 users
> > > >
> > > > Congratulations everyone for joining the list. We're at 5 users
now!
> > > > Thanks to Tom for passing the word along. Thought I would ask a
few
> > > > questions of everyone:
> > > > 1) are you captive or contract?
> > > > 2) How is business?
> > > > 3) what are your greatest needs?
> > > >
> > > > If you have any other issues that you feel the members can help
> > > resolve,
> > > > feel free to post.
> > > >
> > > > Sincerely,
> > > > Clyde Sprowl
> > > > C&B PWB Design Services, Inc.
> > > > Phone 260.355.0590
> > > > Fax 603.258.5520
> > > > http://home.comcast.net/~pwb_engineer/
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