AirBorn Electronics is an electronics design and small-run manufacturing company
based in North Sydney, Australia. We have been incorporated since 2000, and
trading since 1993.
95% of AirBorn Electronics design work is for Australian companies. Some of these businesses then either manufacture these designs themselves, or have the electronics made by a contract manufacturer. Some of our clients have AirBorn Electronics both design and manufacture their product.
Every product needs components, some special, some standard. Purchasing these parts is very important to us. Finding reliable suppliers makes a design much easier to produce. We value our suppliers, however we multi-source. We will get competitive quotes from two, three or more suppliers for parts.
When we produce our design work the Bill of Materials will often quote Digikey, Mouser, or Future part numbers. This is different from competitive quotes! These part numbers are quoted to help contract manufacturers identify components for our boards. We quote the original manufacturers part number also. Kitting and assembly use these part numbers to select the correct parts to make the product, but they are not forced to buy at Digikey prices.
When we can, we like to deal with distributors and manufacturers. Buying agents are not as useful unless they are based in Shenzhen and are very responsive and flexible. We prefer to email distributors and manufacturers as we are buying during the design phase - our requirements can change quickly. We want to know technical details, with data sheets and a wide selection of product. We can then search among those choices to decide what best suits our needs.
Manufacturers and Distributors have complete lists and catalogs, buying agents usually require us to specify exactly what we want for them to find it; we work that way less often.
If we are not making the boards ourselves, we always pass on any quotes and email contacts to the manufacturer making the boards - quoting for us may get you orders from a contract manufacturer in Asia.
AirBorn Electronics engineering manager Steven Murray also heads purchasing. If we are looking for components we will do our our best to put it on the list below.
RGB LED strips 1 IC per LED, WS2801 or equivalent.
LIR2032 LiIon coin cells
8051 type instruction set microprocessors. 1x or 2x clock. 28-44 pin. 16k+ Flash. 1k+ RAM. SPI. A/D, 8 or 10 bit, 4-8 channel.
Injection moulding Small finished enclosures, with design and tooling services available from same company
2.4Ghz Rx/Tx modules Based on microchip MRF24J40MA
Serial to Ethernet modules