As I wait for information on the design files, I did some research on PCB manufacturing options.
What I don't understand right now is how I can get the surface mount components soldered onto the PCB. I'm assuming that most people don't want to do this themselves, depending on the number of components. Though, I guess it's possible if you have a good soldering iron system and experience. I guess I was expecting that I would send the components to the same place I was sending the PCB design files and they would solder it on.
Anyone do this before?
The S3A7 IoT Fast Protyping board does have some pass-through pins on the board under the LCD, so it would be a good starting point to strip out the unneeded peripherals and reduce the size of the board, possibly to about 1/3 of the size it is now. I don't know how I would solder the S3 surface mount chip onto the board. I personally don't have the skills to do it at my house.