We are looking at starting PCB design in house, up until now we have outsource design and manufacture. This means that we have yet to see the real cost of the PCB, components and assembly as discrete items.
Looking at the current PCBs that we have, they currently all use SOIC style of chips, even when QFN parts are available alternatives. Is the reason for this because the legs on SOICs make them easier to use in manufacture? Or is it because the legs on SOICs make life easier for debugging and hand soldering etc?
We are interested in the cost of assembly in large, 100k or 1000k quantities, when produced in a production line with pick and place machines.
I haven't found any difference in the cost of the IC in the different packages, so I don't think that is the reason. But it could be that the difference packages are delivered in different methods; tape and reel vs a tray.
Is there any resource that I can use for estimating which is the cheaper packages or delivery packaging? I've tried a bit of internet searching, and not found anything yet.