The average consumer might, quite understandably, be wondering what all the fuss is about with PCBs. After all, they are rarely likely to see Printed Circuit Boards and, if they do, it’s probably not a good thing… if you’re looking at a Printed Circuit Board it’s probably because you’ll pulled your PC tower apart, trying to get to a DVD stuck in the player, or else something rather large has run over your mobile phone.
However, as we have seen, Printed Circuit Boards are actually the electronic brains that fire the synapses of the technological devices we all enjoy. From our phones to PCs; mobiles to TVs, Printed Circuit Boards are our friends on the inside. And we are currently in the midst of a digital revolution, with devices such as iPods and iPhones, Androids and other smart devices revolutionising the way we work, communicate and access our entertainment. And yes, the Printed Circuit Board is the root of that too, although in an age defined by Apple’s lead in technology style, as well as function, its existence is even better concealed, within the sleek aesthetics of engineered design.
Apple’s PCBs are sourced in the Far East, where companies in countries like Taiwan and Thailand are able to supply global tech manufacturing giants like Samsung, LG and Google, with their new Nexus 7 tablet device. Indeed, Apple is driving much of this industry single-handed. The iPhone 5 has just been launched, to considerable fanfare; much speculation circulates about the iPad “mini”; and Steve Jobs is rumoured to have left plans for an Apple television before his death, an innovation that would shake up the home entertainment market just as the iPhone did with communications.
However, not everyone has Apple’s level of demand, and that is why a company like Hi5 is perfectly placed to handle more bespoke and prototype PCB orders, either manufacturing at our base in Rochdale, or sourcing from our range of established partners. In the process we take that burden from the shoulders of those who don’t happen to be Steve Jobs.