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by pluggy » Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:08 pm
I know the Model A is ready to go and the hold up is due to the shortage of BCM2835 chips (You can't make model As without losing the same number of model Bs). But is there light at the end of the tunnel yet ?
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by W. H. Heydt » Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:52 pm
Probably....but one should check that it isn't an oncoming train.......
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by RaTTuS » Wed Jan 30, 2013 5:01 pm
so where did you gleam that info from ....

is there not a technology show sometime soon that farnell are appearing at ?
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by Lob0426 » Wed Jan 30, 2013 5:20 pm
RaTTuS wrote:so where did you gleam that info from ....

is there not a technology show sometime soon that farnell are appearing at ?


@liz stated it (BCM2835) in a post where she explained why the A model was being delayed. I.E. the backlog caused by the introduction of the 512MB version!

The backlog has eased up. I just hope we do not have to wait out the 20 week (I think that is what @jamesh stated it was) lead time on the processors.

@liz stated something like the first quarter 2013. So keep your fingers crossed!
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by jamesh » Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:17 pm
There will be an announcement when the Model A becomes available. There won't be an announcement when it isn't.

Or something like that.
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by ukscone » Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:39 pm
jamesh wrote:There will be an announcement when the Model A becomes available. There won't be an announcement when it isn't.

Or something like that.


You mean Liz isn't going to tweet "not here yet" every day so that we know they are here the first day she doesn't?
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by W. H. Heydt » Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:46 am
We could start a betting pool...I'd opt for either 28 Feb. or 1 March (there being no 29 Feb. this year).
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by Ravenous » Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:18 pm
There's a thought - wasn't the 29 Feb the launch date last year? (At the time I thought it was a sneaky leap year reference.)
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by RaTTuS » Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:52 pm
I reckon by the power of my google use...
26th feb 2013 model A and camera

but more thank likely I'm way off the mark - I usually am
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by pluggy » Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:33 pm
I won't hold my breath. I'm half tempted to bastardise a 'B', its been done before......
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by jamesh » Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:01 pm
pluggy wrote:I won't hold my breath. I'm half tempted to bastardise a 'B', its been done before......


Although you could just write code on the Model B..

We use a 'interrupt' based approach to news, rather than 'polling', which is someone inefficient.
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by pluggy » Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:21 pm
Its about hardware, power consumption, and my favourite gripe, the USB. Its whether it will work as expected in a commercial project I have in mind. I'm well aware the coding isn't going to be any different, particularly as my present test bed is an old series 1 board with 256Mb.
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by Ravenous » Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:31 pm
Yeah. Although for most of us a model B with a bit hacked out will extend the battery life, there's always the possibility that some unforeseen differences will appear in the behaviour of the production boards.

But, we'll get it when we get it. I guess the foundation simply don't want to commit to a date until they know it's on. Look how many people found something to complain about on the first mass launch - some of it got pretty nasty and it was totally unjustified.
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by jamesh » Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:08 pm
pluggy wrote:Its about hardware, power consumption, and my favourite gripe, the USB. Its whether it will work as expected in a commercial project I have in mind. I'm well aware the coding isn't going to be any different, particularly as my present test bed is an old series 1 board with 256Mb.


USB is same on the Model A - it's just the hub is not in the picture. The Synopsys driver is on the SoC after all...
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by pluggy » Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:45 pm
Way back in the elephant thread, I read that the model A didn't suffer many of the USB problems that the B has. Supposedly its adding a hub that is a problem. I could scrape by with just one USB for what I want to do when the dedicated camera module comes along. (I know that's still in development so I won't irritate you by asking about that).
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by jamesh » Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:56 pm
pluggy wrote:Way back in the elephant thread, I read that the model A didn't suffer many of the USB problems that the B has. Supposedly its adding a hub that is a problem. I could scrape by with just one USB for what I want to do when the dedicated camera module comes along. (I know that's still in development so I won't irritate you by asking about that).


There will be differences I believe, but some issues will still be there.

But Gordon's working on it.
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by pluggy » Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:43 pm
Just ordered an 'A' from Element14/Farnell.

The foundation have delivered, lets see if Farnell do.
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