More than half of electronic product companies in North America outsource design, and the number is growing [1]. The decision to outsource depends on a variety of factors, such as the availability of in-house resources, the complexity and area of design, and the product development schedule. Should you outsource your current project? The decision-making flowchart below will help determine the best course of action.

When resources and schedule are tight, outsourcing provides immediate access to expert design engineers. You can use these experts when you need them without having to worry about long-term staffing. Download The Complete Guide to Electronic Design Outsourcing for more tips on how to avoid common outsourcing pitfalls and costly mistakes.

[1]^ In a Nuvation and EE Times joint survey, 71.9% of electronic product companies indicated that they plan to increase their use of outside design firms in the next 2-3 years.