February 19th, 2012, 23:59 Posted By: wraggster
News from the Pandora Team:
It's just a few days until the production starts.
The PCBs have all safely arrived in Oberhaching at Global Components, who are now currently preparing the metal stencil for the production run, which takes a few days.
The machine will be loaded on Wednesday, production itself will start on Friday.
Link and I will both bear witness to the birth... and will start to assemble the units right away in Oberhaching.
So far, Linux-SWAT, Link and me (mostly Link and Linux-SWAT though) have been working on preassembling the cases.
We'll continue to do that on Monday, so hopefully, when production starts, we'll have at least 300 - 400 of them completely ready to just put in the PCB, test and flash.
It's a freaking amount of work, but we'll do our best
The next 5000 cases have been ordered, more LCDs and all AC Adaptors have been checked and shipped to Germany.
A sample of the new LCD Cables has also been shipped to me so I can review it next week and hopefully place the order shortly after that.
This is pretty narrow, we might have a one or two week pause after the first 1000 units before we can produce the next 1000, but then again, let's see if I can manage the constant high shipping rate anyways... I might even need that week to catch on!
I've not yet found the time to create an updated instructions manual, so the first units will probably ship without one, though I finally found the time to contact some German companies for TV Out Cable production, so I hope to give you some good news soon.
notaz has also worked hard on Kernel 3.2 and we'll have some nice new OS testing image for you up soon... while it's just a beta-test and preview of an upcoming 3.2 kernel (with some known bugs still left), you'll probably like what you'll get... well, let's not spoil the fun of surprise here.
So, basically, the only delay in shipping will probably be the amount of work to do from ourselves, but with Link and my parents helping out, we should get there
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