Circuit design engineers

1. Feb 18, 2006

NeedBioInfo

Could anyone tell me approx how much circuit design engineers would cost, or where I could find ones that I could hire? Thanks

2. Feb 18, 2006

Averagesupernova

That depends on alot of different things. You need to be more specific.

3. Feb 19, 2006

NeedBioInfo

My question was in regards to working out details for the construction of electronic circuits
I guess I still need to be more specific?
What other info do I need to include?
Thanks

Last edited: Feb 19, 2006
4. Feb 19, 2006

Integral

Staff Emeritus
A schematic would be the minimum required information. The complexity of your circiut will drive the cost. If you want a single custom circiut board made the cost will be quite high.

5. Feb 19, 2006

NeedBioInfo

Could you tell me (approx) about how much a single custom circiut board would probably/possibly cost? And maybe how I could contact a circuit design engineer? Thanks

6. Feb 19, 2006

NeedBioInfo

Where could I contact an actual circuit design engineer though? Thanks

7. Feb 19, 2006

Ouabache

On way of contacting an actual circuit designer is right here on PF. There are many kinds of circuits. If you outlined what it is you are trying to do, it would have a very good chance of catching the eye an EE who can help you.

8. Feb 19, 2006

FredGarvin

Depending on the complexity of the design, you can get custom pcb's made by quite a few places that advertise on the internet.

The last place I worked, one of the EE's used this place quite a few times. It was pretty slick:
http://www.expresspcb.com/

Again, the design and fabrication costs will greatly depend on what you need the circuitry to do.

9. Feb 21, 2006

Staff: Mentor

Just some round numbers, depending on where you are geographically, etc. Here in Silicon Valley, you will pay between $75-$150 per hour for consulting design time (more for specialties like IC design), and getting a prototype run of PCBs fabricated, built and tested will run you a couple hundred dollars a board, plus the cost of the components. A simple circuit might take only about 40 hours to design and get into fabrication. A more complex circuit will take a couple of months of work to design.

If you can be more specific on the following items, I can give you a better idea of the costs. I don't consult anymore, but I have a broad range of contacts if that helps:

-- What disciplines are involved in the circuit design? Analog, digital, RF, power, CPLD/FPGA, Phy, etc?

-- How complex will the final circuit board be? About how big? How many layers? How many components? How will it be powered?

-- Do you need agency certifications for the prototype board run? Like CE Mark certs for Europe, FCC/TUV radiated EMI certs? Intentional Radiator certs (like if you have a radio as part of the circuit)?