If you want to succeed in this field, you got to have some really good contacts. Designing a product idea is one thing, getting it into full blown product and a usable commodity in the field is the other. For that an embedded systems developer needs to do much more than design.
Lets face the fact that most developer or engineers do not have in house prototyping machinery. This includes PCB fabrication and stuffing/soldering. Also we need to source components, which, most of the times can not be found from local market. Therefore, you need someone out there to search and buy electronics components and send to you. You need to know your supplier well.
To know if he is reliable. Ask him if his already sent some components before. If there is an URL of his company. Is there any other guy to cross check what he is telling you. By the way most of the Chinese people I came to know during the process were extremely helpful and honest. The only problem has been communication issues and non-technical nature of their education as for technical marketing you do need to have technical knowledge and experience. (continue reading…)