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Planning to manufacture electronics? In this article, we list some of China’s leading Printed Circuit Board (PCB) suppliers, both for mass production and prototyping.
In addition, we also cover some of the basics of PCB manufacturing, including:
- What is the difference between PCB and PCBA?
- PCB specifications
- PCB design software
- PCB prototypes
What is the difference between PCB and PCBA?
The PCB (Printed Circuit Board) is the layered board itself, without assembled components. PCBA (Printed Circuit Board Assembly) refers to the PCB itself, but with all components mounted.
If you browse suppliers on Globalsources.com and Alibaba.com, you’ll find many suppliers claiming to offer ‘PCBA’ or ‘PCBA service’. This signals that the supplier is not only making the printed circuit board itself, but can also manage the following:
- Make pre-production prototypes
- Procure components (i.e., CPUs and memory) from other suppliers
- Manufacture the PCBs
- Assemble the components on the PCBs