Wearable Device Manufacturers Struggling to Meet Product Quality Standards
Published on: 2nd Jan 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
Manufacturers of wearable devices are reportedly struggling to reliably produce the products with some components reporting failure rates of 50 percent.
The problems stem from applying surface treatments to the metal injection molded (MIM) chassis, Taiwan's DigiTimes reported, citing sources in the supply chain.
Devices affected include Qualcomm's Toq and the rumoured Apple iWatch.
Since clients have high demand over quality, and also need high volumes of supply, most component makers are having difficulties satisfying both of requirements the sources told the publication.
Metal injection molded (MIM) chassis are often used within devices, but are increasingly needed on the external skin as well, where applying high quality finishes is proving difficult.
On the web: DigiTimes