Production started! A BIG Ho-ray, Ho-ray, Ho-Ray! for the team!
By the way, you can expect the Chinese to be copying your product as we type!
Sorry, but that's China.
Yep. Second that. With one of our products, they even asked for circuit diagrams and program sources(!) for the "verification of production processes" .
Not really a problem, the more boards out there the better. However, they are going to be rather stumped when they try and get hold of the SoC at the prices the foundation gets.
Hopefully they won't "lose" a few thousand SoC's somewhere...although I expect they've been thoroughly X-Rayed by now (although I imagine that wouldn't help much). Perhaps they will re-engineer with a different SoC, if so hopefully it'll be easy to spot (i.e. allow you to know what you are buying). They may even produce alternative flavours too, as long as they stick with the price level, it is all good (and part of the revolution the R-pi will hopefully bring). If they sell, they will make a version of it!
Still, once things get underway, and the R-Pi plans are released (which they said they will do), they should see their factory churning out thousands of boards each day, hopefully they'll come knocking on Broadcom's door for a few 100k of chips.
1. Excellent news that the first batch of R-Pi's are on their way.
2. Big shame about the UK manufacture side of it, will look forward to the e-pet, perhaps it's something else the R-Pi can trigger a fix for!
3. No problem with it being done outside the uk though, everything else is done that way. At least the foundation tried, and that is more than most companies would bother with!
Any details of the process would be interesting (no real use to me but wouldn't mind knowing and may answer some people's questions, being noisy etc)...
1. I take it the components are supplied directly to the manufacturers from the suppliers (both of which are overseas anyway), also are the PCBs manufactured at the same place?
2. Once the boards are completed, either fully or hopefully in batches, are they shipped (surface or by air?) to R-Pi HQ or directly to the logistical company being used.
3. Which stage are they packaged for the customer? Also where are they tested, at manufacture or also before shipping?
Anyway, congrats again! Looking forward to hearing when batch 2, 3 and 4 are underway, which means all is great with planet R-Pi and also that your mortgages are safe.
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