I was just wondering if there was a clear path to take a prototype design from a dev board and take it through to production?
I don’t have experience with this process myself, but my friend started a company called EmbeddedMicro when he was in high school. I think it really took off when he designed some boards and manufactured them, managing the entire process from his dorm room. I remember he started off with the Autodesk Eagle PCB design tool, then sent the design files to a manufacturer who assembled the board. He then built a web site to sell the boards. The last time I spoke to him, he was making fairly good money while he was an undergraduate.
I think we should talk to a few Renesas customers that have produced products in small quantities and collect this information:
- PCB design tools (like Autodesk Eagle)
- board manufacturing options (in US and overseas)
- case manufacturing options (plastic thing around board and power source)
- storefront and selling the product (like kickstarter or eCommerce platforms like Spree Commerce, Reaction Commerce, Magento. Payment gateway like Stripe)