Most creators interested in launching a new product know that they need to get components from a distributor like Avnet. But they may not know that a distributor can also provide engineering support and help decide which components are the best fit for their products.
Consider a wearable device that measures heart rate, counts your steps, shows your positioning globally, has a touch screen, and offers an LED to guide your way at night. A device like this is likely going to require sensors, a battery, an LED, a touch screen, a microcontroller, and other various electronic components.
Distributors, like Avnet can provide access to engineers that have worked with hundreds of those components, produced by dozens of OEMs. This experience allows distributors, to recommend the best component solutions for the specific needs of their customers. These engineers can also help you with your electrical design as you advance from idea to prototype and prototype to production.
In addition, distributors like Avnet can help plan for lead times and component shortages, by monitoring your Bill of Materials (BOM) and helping you to stay on top of what components to order, and when, so that you meet your production timelines.
If you’re not familiar with the role of a distributor, what a lead time is, or what some common challenges faced by hardware creators are, check out this video to learn more.