February 13th, 2012, 00:14 Posted By: wraggster
As you probably seen on this thread, both Link and Linux-SWAT are currently in Ingolstadt, helping out with the Pandora assembly.
They already prepared over 300 keymats with DPads and put over 500 LCDs into the lids.
Next up will be soldering speakers to LCD Cables, putting these together with the WiFi antennas into the upper lid and finishing that one.
So things are progressing nicely here.
I need some more DPads but luckily Craig has additional ones left I can grab from him.
The bare PCBs are now finished and will be shipped to Germany today.
So early next week, everything should be ready for the mass production.
Link, Linux-SWAT and me will drive to Global Components and build as well as test as many units as possible.
Please give us some time here. I'm planning to start shipping the units out around February 22nd.
I hope I can keep up with building units once these two are gone again (Feb 21st), but in worst case, I can hire some staff to help out.
This will only be an issue with the first 1000. After that, GC will assemble the units, so all I need to do is ship them (which will still be a massive amount of work).
All the parts for the next 1000 units have also already been ordered, so once we start, there shouldn't be a stop.
I'm a bit nervous though about the next cases and LCD Cables. They have been ordered a while ago, but they are coming from China.
We won't run out of cases and cables before the first 1300 units are shipped, but that means that we need them here in 6 weeks.
I'll keep you informed.
I will also keep you informed about the TV Out Cables. I've now asked some German companies for quotations - so hopefully, we should have this last issue settled as well.
Link will also ship the Pandoras to US customers. This will save some shipping costs.
Thanks for his and Linux-SWATs help
Next week, it's Pandora Rebirth time... interesting times, eh?
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