Super OSD; and how to manufacture it

As some of you might know I am working on Super OSD, a fully graphical on screen display, which is based on my open source software and hardware designs (http://code.google.com/p/super-osd/)Basically I am working on two versions:* a datalogging FPV version for first person view (FPV) flyers; this has analog inputs, GPS inputs, sensors galore, and SD card datalogging. This would be a bit more expensive but probably no more than $70.* a basic version for connecting to an Arduino via. a two wire I2C bus. This would be very low cost (probably around $20-$25.)I am going to have to make PCBs of these, but how? Does anyone have any idea how I could get PCBs of these manufactured? I was thinking of places like ChinaPCB but they have an expensive tooling cost, so does anyone know any better places? Where are boards like ArduPilot, etc. made?

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  • Here one more pcb manufacturer uk, Rush Circuit Technologies
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    http://www.pcbcart.com/ is another chinese vendor
  • There are many places to have boards made, really depends on how fast and what quality you want or cant get away with for testing. Feel free to send a message.
  • and this in beautiful England :
    http://www.pcbtrain.co.uk/
  • Hi Tom,
    I found a thread about PCB creation : http://forum.sparkfun.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=21816
    They talk about Olimex (in europe)
    Matthias (badzz on rcgroup)
  • batch pcb, the same place sparkfun gets its prototypes, $10 for setup and $2.50 per sq inch after that. i will be using this place for my ardupilot imu shield; http://diydrones.com/forum/topics/ardupilot-imu
  • Actually, since the Arduino compatible board will probably be single sided (as it is only a dsPIC and a few passive components) I can probably make them at home. I already have half the cost: a UV exposure unit, which was donated by my teacher who didn't need it any more (very kind of him.) Since meeting $25 will be tough it doesn't look like spending 1/3rd my price target on just the PCBs is really worth it; I may have to up the price a bit.
  • This old post has a few options that you can check out.

    For $20 count me in!
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