Key Factors of Thoughtful Design

Judy Warner
|  Created: July 27, 2021
Key Factors of Thoughtful Design

“Engage your suppliers early on the design process” - Ed Becze

Everyone wants a lower price, and often the “real cost” is not realized until it’s too late. In this episode, Ed Becze of Pegmatis, a highly experienced R&D company with end-to-end product development capabilities, joins us to help start-ups and design engineers like you avoid electronic product development failures. 

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Show Highlights:

  • Introduction and the interesting origin of Pegmatis’s company name 
  • Ed explains the foundation of a good product development process
  • A thoughtful development plan mitigates risk early on—engage vendors and suppliers early on the design process (understand parts, availability, vendor capabilities aligned with your product)
  • Holistic understanding of electronic product development: strategy, cost, and your design team’s experience level
  • Start-up challenges, how to prevent failures:
    • Understanding the risk of “development by demo”
    • Address the lack of system-level design experience (use external expertise if needed)
    • Don’t trust the data sheets—only 5% of chipset providers give adequate design rules to follow. The rest, you are on your own.
    • Manufacturing test is absolutely critical—test equipment and test development are often overlooked
    • Engage early on the design process. Ed stresses the benefits of nurturing your relationships with your vendors and manufacturers.
    • Successful product development relies exclusively on your network—find capable vendors
  • Supply chain intelligence, plan ahead when coping with supply challenges
  • Cost reduction—do it, but follow the process that is within the constraints of what you intended to create.
  • What are the costs of NOT thoughtfully designing? It’s huge! Money and time. Delays inTime to market are extremely expensive.

Links and Resources:

Pegmatis Website
Ed Becze on LinkedIn

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About Author

About Author

Judy Warner has held a unique variety of roles in the electronics industry for over 25 years. She has a background in PCB Manufacturing, RF and Microwave PCBs and Contract Manufacturing, focusing on Mil/Aero applications. 

She has also been a writer, blogger, and journalist for several industry publications such as Microwave Journal, PCB007 Magazine, PCB Design007, PCD&F, and IEEE Microwave Magazine, and an active board member for PCEA (Printed Circuit Engineering Association). In 2017, Warner joined Altium as the Director of Community Engagement. In addition to hosting the OnTrack Podcast and creating the OnTrack Newsletter, she launched Altium's annual user conference, AltiumLive. Warner's passion is to provide resources, support, and advocate for PCB Design Engineers worldwide.

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