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3 BIG Reasons Why You Should Use a Certified Module | Symmetry Blog

Symmetry Electronics Team in Blogs on July 09, 2018

About Symmetry Electronics Team

Established in 1998, Symmetry Electronics is a focused global distributor of wireless connectivity solutions, sensors, and audio-video technologies. Offering comprehensive design support and available-to-ship inventory, Symmetry is committed to helping engineers accelerate time to market, reduce costs, and offer modern solutions for their IoT designs. Acquired by the Berkshire Hathaway company TTI, Inc. in 2017, Symmetry Electronics is headquartered in Los Angeles with international offices in Mexico, Canada, and China.

In the past, we’ve discussed why using a module could be highly advantageous to your design cycle. However, not all modules are the same. Pre-certification can help save a lot of money, time, and unneeded stress.


Consider using a certified module – here are three reasons why:

1. Lower customer engineering costs

Getting a module certified on your own can quickly accrue in additional costs. Not only is it expensive to test and make sure that the components pass certification, but the costs of the certification itself isn’t worth it for many businesses. For modules with no certifications, expect to pay $30k to 200k.

2. Lower Time to Market

By using a module that has been pre-certified, you get a module that is ready to go. No need for long certification waits, the manufacturer has already done the work for you.

This lower time to market can be especially important for those in IoT applications, where the first to release their product to the market can have the long-term advantage. 

3. Easier to implement, With Less Risk

It’s easier to underestimate the amount of work a new design can take. With each chip added to a board are numerous factors to consider and interactions to take care of. Using a module that has been pre-certified reduces the difficulty of successfully implementing a working design. Since the module has passed rigorous testing prior to certification (usually by a manufacturer that specializes in that module), you can rest assured that the module will provide less risk for failure.


In addition to these three, there are many other reasons to use a certified module:

  • Lower Reference design complexity
  • Low BOM qual effort
  • Lower RF design expertise
  • Lower System design eng effort
  • Lower performance tuning effort
  • Lower production SMT cost
  • Lower production calibration cost
  • Built-in certification cost
  • No certification effort
  • No certification time


Do you still have questions about certification? Want to know which certified module is best for your design? Contact one of our applications engineers for help with your next design.

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Symmetry Electronics Team in Blogs on July 09, 2018

About Symmetry Electronics Team

Established in 1998, Symmetry Electronics is a focused global distributor of wireless connectivity solutions, sensors, and audio-video technologies. Offering comprehensive design support and available-to-ship inventory, Symmetry is committed to helping engineers accelerate time to market, reduce costs, and offer modern solutions for their IoT designs. Acquired by the Berkshire Hathaway company TTI, Inc. in 2017, Symmetry Electronics is headquartered in Los Angeles with international offices in Mexico, Canada, and China.

Why partner with Symmetry Electronics? Symmetry's technical staff is specially trained by our suppliers to provide a comprehensive level of technical support. Our in-house Applications Engineers provide free design services to help customers early in the design cycle, providing solutions to save them time, money and frustration. Contact Symmetry for more information.

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