An interesting post I came across . . .
Best Low Price Circuit Board Manufacturer: PCB International Vs. Gold Phoenix
It is generally agreed that Gold Phoenix offers one of the best deals around ($99.99 for 100 square inches) and I myself have used them for a number of projects. However, in early 2007 - the my company where I work began sourcing our boards to PCB International due to their higher capabilities (3 mil laser drill, 7 oz outer copper, blind/buried vias, controlled impedence, class-III etc.) and low mid-large volume pricing. Note: in the last 3 years we have sent PCB International 30+ projects. 100% have been delivered on time without any issues which is pretty amazing considering the level of difficulty of some of the designs.
While browsing their website (http://www.pcbinternational.com
) a while ago, I realized that they began specials similar to GF pricing for 2 Layer (100 square inches for $94.99) and actually lower pricing for 4 layers and up. I decided to give them a try for my own personal project. Below are the specs with a cost comparison to Gold Phoenix:
2L: 4.22in x 2.18in = 11 boards = $94.99
6/6 mil trace and space = standard
Red Solder Mask (double sided) = standard
White Solder Mask (double sided) = standard
HASL Free Finish = standard
E-test = standard
3 designs (you can panelize three designs at no extra charge) = standard
Tab routing = +$20
PCB International total cost: $150 including shipping.
2L: 4.22in x 2.18in = 11 boards - $99.99
6/6 mil trace and space = +$20
2 sided silk screen = +$20
Red Solder mask (double sided) = +$20
White Solder mask (double sided) = +$20
HASL free finish = +20
E-test = +20
3 designs = +$30
Tab routing =+$20
Gold Phoenix total cost = $270
When I added up the price differential I was truly astonished and with nearly the same lead times you can see why I went with PCB International. I received my boards about 8-9 business days later and they worked and looked absolutely perfect. In total Iâ€™ve sent 5 projects and theyâ€™ve all been on time without any issues.
Speaking to their marketing director, their manufacturing is located in Taiwan with a fully staffed facility in the United States with CAM and technical support. Iâ€™ve been working with Steve and their service has been nothing sort of outstanding.
Iâ€™ve worked with both and either way it is hard to go wrong. However, PCB Internationals list of standard adders is really unbeatable.