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by plugwash » Sun May 20, 2012 9:38 pm
It seems obvious to me that even if only 10% of Pi buyers want a gertboard there is no way gert can keep up with demand himself.

I bet that like with the Pi itself gert is negotiating for licensed production of the gertboard kits and he can't reveal any details of those negotiations until the contracts are signed.

I also bet that the preffered choice of partners are RS and Farnell.
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by MuddyDogs » Wed May 23, 2012 9:13 pm
Yeah - we can all get up at 6am and crash RS and Farnell's websites again :lol:

That still makes me laugh - it was the ultimate DoS attack :D
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by Grumpy Mike » Mon May 28, 2012 4:44 pm
Gert van Loo wrote:All I can think of is that somebody (The first Arduino designer??) did not know enough about electronics so copied the diode from an existing circuit but left the capacitor out not realizing that you can then also leave the diode out. Or maybe there was an RC+diode but then they realized the Cap killed the dbug wire function and removed it, again without removing the diode.


Rather disingenuous that comment.

The diode is a recent addition and has only just made it in the later issues of the Uno. It was added because of lock up problems on a small but significant percentage of boards. It's use is recommended in the data sheet if you read it correctly.

It shows the Arduino team are willing to improve the design in the light of field experience. I hope the RPI team will do the same with those stupid poly fuses.
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by beastyboy » Thu May 31, 2012 6:34 pm
Gert,
Any news on production sale ?
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by Gert van Loo » Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:20 pm
Things ARE in motion. They go much, much slower then I hoped but there is light at the en of the tunnel. (And it is NOT a train running towards us).
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by normal » Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:42 pm
PLEASE give Americans a fair fight this time ;)
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by abishur » Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:58 pm
normal wrote:PLEASE give Americans a fair fight this time ;)


To look at the distribution map of pi

http://rastrack.ryanteck.org.uk/

I'd say that we American's had a completely fair fight ;-)
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by MrGreg » Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:36 pm
There is a Gertboard "Kit" listed on Farnell Element14.
See
http://uk.farnell.com/element14/gb11052 ... =gertboard

Any clue as to what's included in the "Kit"?
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by abishur » Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:58 pm
MrGreg wrote:There is a Gertboard "Kit" listed on Farnell Element14.
See
http://uk.farnell.com/element14/gb11052 ... =gertboard

Any clue as to what's included in the "Kit"?


For $5 my *guess* is that we're just talking about the bare PCB
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by domesday » Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:00 pm
Yes it is just a PCB, I checked with Farnell last week.
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by liz » Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:31 pm
I'm afraid that none of us is going to be able to comment on what you guys have found (we're embargoed for now). Please don't ask questions about it, because we won't be able to answer and that makes us uncomfortable! Expect an announcement some time in the next couple of weeks.
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by Frank Buss » Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:36 pm
This sounds strange. There is something related to the Raspberry Pi at Farnell to buy, but you are not allowed to talk about it?
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by domesday » Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:13 pm
Frank, probably the typical BS contract terms that you get with dinosaur companies like Farnell. The fact that it is on the Farnell site means they will be the supplier of Gertboards just like they are for the Raspberry Pi itself and the arrangements are subject to a draconian contract.
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by MrGreg » Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:31 pm
Oh, so it's not a "Kit" just a pcb.
Or...??? TBD what it is?

Shouldn't have been listed by Farnell if what it is ??? and can't be discussed.
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by williamhbell » Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:56 pm
MrGreg wrote:Oh, so it's not a "Kit" just a pcb.
Or...??? TBD what it is?

Shouldn't have been listed by Farnell if what it is ??? and can't be discussed.
V disappointed.


We just have to bide our time, with the soldering iron ready to go: dreaming about the smell of solder and a classroom full of Gertboards. Ahh, the smell of solder ;)
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by gordon@drogon.net » Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:21 pm
williamhbell wrote:
We just have to bide our time, with the soldering iron ready to go: dreaming about the smell of solder and a classroom full of Gertboards. Ahh, the smell of solder ;)


Modern flux and lead-free solder just doesn't smell the same though...

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by jamesh » Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:11 pm
MrGreg wrote:Oh, so it's not a "Kit" just a pcb.
Or...??? TBD what it is?

Shouldn't have been listed by Farnell if what it is ??? and can't be discussed.
V disappointed.


You can discuss it as much as you like - just don't expect anyone Foundation related to say anything at all! Not sure why you find this disappointing.
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by RaTTuS » Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:26 pm
gert had said in the past that it would be a parts package ... now weather this will now be a full assembled one - we can only wait ..... and speculate
maybe it will come with a box and psu and a pony
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by stevep » Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:04 pm
The data sheet is interesting reading. http://www.farnell.com/datasheets/1600404.pdf
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by Gert van Loo » Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:14 pm
That was posted in the Gertboard forum two months ago (or was it more???)
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by MrGreg » Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:26 pm
jamesh wrote:
MrGreg wrote:Oh, so it's not a "Kit" just a pcb.
Or...??? TBD what it is?

Shouldn't have been listed by Farnell if what it is ??? and can't be discussed.
V disappointed.


You can discuss it as much as you like - just don't expect anyone Foundation related to say anything at all! Not sure why you find this disappointing.




My disappointment lies wirth Farnell/Element14 for describing what is apparently(?) a PCB only, as a "Kit".
I understood a "Kit" to be a collection of items to be assembled to perform a function.

My further disappointment lies with the embargo. Is it commercially sensitive? To the point where you people cannot comment on what it is or may comprise?
Goodness!!

OK rant over.

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by ailwyn » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:08 am
Just wondering if the light is getting any closer or whether the embargo has been lifted....? It would be good to know some basic info, either from the foundation or their partner(s) like will this just be a pcb, will there be a full kit of parts, will there be a pre-assembled version?

I'm particularly interested in whether there will be a full kit as this will determine whether I hold off buying components or whether to start collecting now, so that by the time the pcb is available I have most of it ready to go.

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by Gert van Loo » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:57 am
Don't buy components. Please bear with me for a while. We are really making progress.
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by texy » Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:54 am
I hope there is a pcb-only choice, as I probably already have the components. Of course until the official details are released, I don't know if I have the components or not ;) I certainly have Atmega328's, a la arduino in my spares box.

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by ailwyn » Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:51 am
Gert van Loo wrote:Don't buy components. Please bear with me for a while. We are really making progress.


Good enough for me, I'll hold off buying anything for now.

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