Everything we check on A13-OLinuXino first prototypes works as expected as you can see from the previous post, but we still feel a little bit uncertain to run mass production of hardware which was tested just few days (sure these tests were quite long and intensive as you can see as evidence in this picture: Beer + Angry Birds at 2.56 AM 😀 ).
The first 5 prototypes will be sent today to the selected developers so they can start hack them further.
But for the mass production we decide to play safe and will run small pre-production run exclusively only for interested developers and hackers.
We leave in vacation today but will try to make all PCB changes and run small batch of blank PCBs in China while we are in vacation.
Our production department have just 2 weeks of vacation (as we have to fill our stock which was wiped out by our distributors before our vacation), so when they are back on August 20th we will start the pre-production run assembly and at same time will do extensive tests to see if something else could be changed.
The pre-production run although run in small amount will be sold at same price as normal production i.e. EUR 55 for A13-OLinuXino board with WIFI and 4GB NAND on it.
What we expect is if we forgot something around the I2C or SPI to may add or remove pullup or pulldown resistors or such, but not major problems with the schematic and layout.
We will start shipping the pre-production run A13-OLinuXino about August 27th. We think the time between August 20 and September 1st will be enough to do extensive tests and run production on September 1st.
On September 1st we will open our web shop for A13-OLinuXino pre-orders which will be start shipping about September 15th.
We will talk to our Global Distributors – Mouser and Digikey, so probably you will be able to do your pre-order at September 1st by them too, just because of the shipping lag they may start shipping the order a week or two later than our webshop.