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 Post subject: Advice needed on TE manufacturing in the US
Posted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 8:04 pm 

Joined: Tue May 20, 2008 8:13 pm
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Hello Gents,

I'm considering entering into the small-time manufacturing business with some modular test instruments that have a USB interface. The goal will be utter simplicity using inexpensive parts to create a line of TE for the hobbyist. I'd like to start with an o-scope and multimeter, which I already have prototypes of, and then a spectrum analyzer that will reach out to at least 2.5 GHz to cover the wireless bands. The display and control will all have to be from the host computer in order to cut out a lot of the expense.

Here's my question. Is there really a market for a 100 MHz o-scope module that can be sold for about $100-$150, and the multimeter module for about $50? I'm thinking the S/A can be sold for around $200. The big thing is that I'm planning to make them entirely in the US with as many US produced parts as possible. This is not because of anything against foreign companies, just that I'd like to do my part to help get the US back into the business of manufacturing.

Would not shipping with an official NIST tracable certification certificate, but will be tested with TE that does have a current cal cert.

Does anyone have experience with having electronic assemblies manufactured in the US? I plan to only have the boards fabbed, and then I'll do the packaging and testing myself. Ideally, the business would grow to where I would need to hire some people to help in production. I would also insist that no illegal labor be used at the CM location. that might be a deal killer right there.

How about it? Any sage advice for a neophyte businessman? (who has 15 years in the circuit design field)


 Post subject: Re: Advice needed on TE manufacturing in the US
Posted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 5:32 am 

Joined: Mon Apr 03, 2006 4:06 am
Posts: 1
Hmm, sounds interesting.
I wonder what the spec will cover, for example in terms of Phase Noise of your device and Displayed Avereage Noise Level you are trying to reach. Might be a niche market for cheap small devices, especially for the ATE market.
I am very familiar with the R&S devices.
Just keep me updated...
Best of luck

R&S RF Application Engineer

 Post subject: Re: Advice needed on TE manufacturing in the US
Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:25 pm 
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Joined: Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:35 am
Posts: 1
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Though this is an old post, reply may be useful anyway..
Current popular hobbyist DSOs that cover this range are the 50MHz-100MHz 1M memory Rigol DS1052 and 60MHz 2M memory Instek something-or-other. They are $360 to $600+USD.

Tyler Lucas

Posted  11/12/2012
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