mahjongg wrote:The big question is if anyone gets an older board after today.
I guess that as Farnell never had stock, all they could manufacture was sold immediately, so all PI's sent off after last thursday or so should be Rev2. This begs the question.
Can anyone say they received a PI (from farnell) after today that wasn't a Rev2?
Based on the many complaints about not receiving anything from RS I'm guessing that RS temporarily stopped producing PI's, (for some unknown reason, probably having to do with insufficient stocks) and when they will start production up it could probably be with Rev2 boards (probably with "Made in China" instead of "Made in the UK"), so if that happens that will also give away whether its an RS PI or a Farnell PI. But again note that I'm speculating here, so:
Can anyone say they received a PI from RS recently?
to me these two italicised questions represent the crux of the matter.
First...the RS e-mail that went out late last month said the problem was getting processor chips, but that would put production on hold as well. At the very least, when production is (has been?) restarted, one expect any new boards from RS to be AT LEAST Rev. 1 ECN 0003.
There is another question of interest, though, that I haven't seen anyone give an answer to:
Are the Farnell subsidiaries shipping Rev. 2 boards outside of the UK (whether or not the boards are assembled in the UK)?
I would presume that Farnell is preferentially shipping the UK Rev. 2 boards to UK customers, but it is unclear how far 30K Pis per month will go. I would expect that to be sufficient for the UK, since the prior data on production rates would have given Farnell something on the order of 40K to 60K Pis per month total to cover worldwide orders. (And, of course, by *adding* 30K per moth to their production, it's no wonder backlogs have dropped like a rock for Farnell.)
I wouldn't be at all surprised if most of the rest of the world gets shipped Rev. 2 boards assembled in China. The only question is...when? (I have hopes that my latest order through Newark/Element 14 will be at least the Rev. 1 ECN 0003...without USB polyfuses. Rev. 2 would, of course, be even better. I should know on Wednesday as that's when UPS says they'll deliver. At last check, the package was scanned on departure from Kansas City...so by now I don't think they're in Kansas any more...)