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Jen J.
04-02-2009, 01:41 AM
New Low Price on Propeller Chips -·Now starting at only $7.99 each!

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Parallax is pleased to announce that we have reduced the price on Propeller chips from $12.99 each to $7.99. Our costs on all three chips (P8X32A-D40 (http://www.parallax.com/tabid/142/ProductID/332/Default.aspx), P8X32A-Q44 (http://www.parallax.com/tabid/142/ProductID/334/Default.aspx), and P8X32A-M44 (http://www.parallax.com/tabid/142/ProductID/333/Default.aspx)) have reduced and we are passing the savings on to our customers! Be sure to take a look at our high quantity pricing as well.

For more information about the Propeller, or to purchase chips, visit: http://www.parallax.com/tabid/407/Default.aspx

Propeller Chip - 40-Pin DIP· (P8X32A-D40) (http://www.parallax.com/tabid/142/ProductID/332/Default.aspx)
Propeller Chip - 44-Pin QFP (P8X32A-Q44) (http://www.parallax.com/tabid/142/ProductID/334/Default.aspx)
Propeller Chip - 44-Pin QFN (P8X32A-M44) (http://www.parallax.com/tabid/142/ProductID/333/Default.aspx)

rjo_
04-02-2009, 02:23 AM
Holy cow.

scotta
04-02-2009, 02:31 AM
Does this mean there is something else on its way (PII) ?

Scott

hippy
04-02-2009, 02:40 AM
@ Scott : I think you are reading way too much into it beyond accepting that Parallax have kindly passed their cost savings on to the end user.

Hopefully distributors will soon clear their existing stock and we can get cost savings through them, rather than buy direct from Parallax and leave distributors lumbered with unsellable stock or having to take a loss to match pricing. Otherwise, not quite 'low prices' locally; equivalent $16.50 each.

Robot Freak
04-02-2009, 02:59 AM
This is also a sign that the Propeller is a success; the development costs are covered and there are more chips being ordered.

Well done!

Luis Digital
04-02-2009, 03:23 AM
Thank a lot Parallax!!!

Larga vida al Propeller!!! :)

Nick McClick
04-02-2009, 03:38 AM
Couldn't help but notice the Propeller Hat Decal (http://www.parallax.com/Store/Microcontrollers/PropellerChips/tabid/142/CategoryID/18/List/0/SortField/0/Level/a/ProductID/497/Default.aspx) price has remained unchanged. What's the status on that? http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

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rjo_
04-02-2009, 04:00 AM
Let's think about this a little. Parallax is not about to upset it's distributors... but it also has us to worry about.
I don't know for sure, but I'd be willing to guess, that for a period after the PropII comes out, it might be a little tough to find a PropI... at which point the suppliers will be jumping for joy, and we all will be more than happy with our PropII's.

It could happen.

$7.99 might be the cheapest price you will ever see on a Propeller. It is time to think how many you might need in the next two years and get them while they are hot.

ILMP

Giemme
04-02-2009, 05:59 AM
Thanks Parallax

when will the european distributor zerko adapt the price?

Regards

Gianni

hippy
04-02-2009, 06:13 AM
@ rjo_

It's interesting to look at Parallax stock on the various chip packages; DIP is severely depleted compared to QFN/QFP.

That might not be because more DIP's are sold than anything else, but it wouldn't surprise me. It's a very convenient package for home and hobby users, and will continue to be so when the Prop II arrives. I don't see Parallax junking the Prop I line nor have I seen any indications that is the plan. I don't think it's time to be worrying about any forthcoming Prop I shortages and likely to never be.

I personally think the Prop I prices could drop again, but that depends on world economy and how many Parallax are shipping - so buy them while they're hot, not because it's the lowest price, but to get it down even lower http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

Sapieha
04-02-2009, 06:26 AM
Hi.

I is nice at prices drop on Propeller but I must still in Sweden buy it for old price.

And ned 3 for TriBlade

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Rayman
04-02-2009, 08:09 AM
Digikey still hasn't updated their price. Maybe because they're still sitting on 1,512 of them (in QFP)...
Guess I have to buy from Parallax (Once free shipping rolls around again).

yeti
04-02-2009, 08:18 AM
Sapieha said...
I is nice at prices drop on Propeller but I must still in Sweden buy it for old price.
And ned 3 for TriBlade

I'm waiting for the price drop tsunami to reach Germany...
Will I ever see it (living 600m above sea level)?

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jazzed
04-02-2009, 09:12 AM
Maybe there are less DIP packages in inventory because Parallax has less DIPs manufactured?
But that might mean there is more "end product" shipment volume than hobby volume.

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scotta
04-02-2009, 10:05 AM
Your probably right Hippy, wishfull thinking on my part :)

Nice to see though, forget low end processors when your development time
costs 300 times more than the chip. One chip in stock for all my projects.

Scott

dMajo
04-04-2009, 02:55 AM
In Italy elettronicamente.com (http://www.elettronicamente.com/engine/default.asp?page=minishop&name=ES&action=viewall) (thanks Fisio) is 8€+vat ($12.9)

Edit: Actually the lower price in Italy

Post Edited (dMajo) : 4/3/2009 7:02:02 PM GMT

Ariba
04-04-2009, 07:50 AM
Giemme said...
Thanks Parallax

when will the european distributor zerko adapt the price?

Regards

Gianni


He has the price adapted at 1.April: 12.00 Swiss Franks instead of 18.80 before.

Andy

Cluso99
04-04-2009, 08:21 AM
Congratulations Parallax. Another milestone. This is a welcome and significant price drop. The Propeller makes an excellent intelligent peripheral, linked of course to another Propeller as the Processor via 2 wire 14Mbps serial. http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

And my 2c - don't wait for the Prop II. It is still way off. Get your feet wet now http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

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Links to other interesting threads:

· Home of the MultiBladeProps: TriBladeProp (http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?p=786418), SixBladeProp (http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?p=780033), website (Multiple propeller pcbs) (http://bluemagic.biz/cluso.htm)
· Single Board Computer:·3 Propeller ICs·and a·TriBladeProp board (ZiCog Z80 Emulator) (http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?p=790917)
· Prop Tools under Development or Completed (Index) (http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?p=753439)
· Emulators: Micros eg Altair, and Terminals eg VT100 (Index (http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?p=778427))
· Search the Propeller forums (via Google) (http://search.parallax.com/search?site=parallax&client=parallax&output=xml_no_dtd&proxystylesheet=parallax&proxycustom=<HOME/>&ie=&oe=&lr=)
My cruising website is: ·www.bluemagic.biz (http://www.bluemagic.biz)·· MultiBladeProp is: www.bluemagic.biz/cluso.htm (http://www.bluemagic.biz/cluso.htm)

johnfl68
04-05-2009, 02:45 AM
Thank you Parallax, Bawk Bawk!

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Capt. Quirk
04-05-2009, 04:14 AM
I find it very interesting that a manufacturer would under cut a distributor?

Ken Gracey
04-05-2009, 07:22 AM
Capt. Quick,

That's not the case, actually. We provided our distributors with a 45-day notice, and if it's a problem for them (i.e., they still have inventory at the former cost) we'll figure out a stock balance solution for them. They are customers, too, and we treat them the same way we would like to be treated.

Sincerely,

Ken Gracey

Cluso99
04-05-2009, 08:13 AM
Spot on Ken http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

And now we have a cheapish BUT fully programmable Propeller Peripheral Chip (a Propeller of course) with 32 I/O pins and 8 processors with 2KB and a shared 32KB for <$8.00· No extra inventory. No new programming languages. No new IDE's. http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/yeah.gif

What can we do with this?

Example: A full terminal emulator with VGA, TV, Audio, Keyboard, Mouse, UARTs, SPI, I2C, etc, etc all with one Propeller chip !!!
And communicate with a Propeller at around 14Mbps over 2 pins !!! http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/roll.gif

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Links to other interesting threads:

· Home of the MultiBladeProps: TriBladeProp (http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?p=786418), SixBladeProp (http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?p=780033), website (Multiple propeller pcbs) (http://bluemagic.biz/cluso.htm)
· Single Board Computer:·3 Propeller ICs·and a·TriBladeProp board (ZiCog Z80 Emulator) (http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?p=790917)
· Prop Tools under Development or Completed (Index) (http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?p=753439)
· Emulators: Micros eg Altair, and Terminals eg VT100 (Index (http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?p=778427))
· Search the Propeller forums (via Google) (http://search.parallax.com/search?site=parallax&client=parallax&output=xml_no_dtd&proxystylesheet=parallax&proxycustom=<HOME/>&ie=&oe=&lr=)
My cruising website is: ·www.bluemagic.biz (http://www.bluemagic.biz)·· MultiBladeProp is: www.bluemagic.biz/cluso.htm (http://www.bluemagic.biz/cluso.htm)

Robot Freak
04-05-2009, 05:44 PM
Cluso99,

You forget the external EEPROM and crystal required to get the mentioned features functioning.
Well, EEPROM isn't a requirement, but I think nobody will have a development system without one...

Cluso99
04-05-2009, 08:28 PM
Ok, an extra pin (reset) and no second eeprom required. Xtal is 40 cents, but another pin and thats handled. So 4 pins if you like. And the other is only 2 pins. So which ever prop has 2 spare pins is the master.

BTW, my TriBladeProp does not yet have eeproms in 2 Props, and the third is there because the SD driver tests it, not because it's used. BUT, 1 eeprom will be present when I have finished development, or maybe shortly - unknown. I haven't decided if I fit a 24C512 or a 24C1024. There is virtually no $ difference between 24C256 and 24C512.

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Links to other interesting threads:

· Home of the MultiBladeProps: TriBladeProp (http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?p=786418), SixBladeProp (http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?p=780033), website (Multiple propeller pcbs) (http://bluemagic.biz/cluso.htm)
· Single Board Computer:·3 Propeller ICs·and a·TriBladeProp board (ZiCog Z80 Emulator) (http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?p=790917)
· Prop Tools under Development or Completed (Index) (http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?p=753439)
· Emulators: Micros eg Altair, and Terminals eg VT100 (Index (http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?p=778427))
· Search the Propeller forums (via Google) (http://search.parallax.com/search?site=parallax&client=parallax&output=xml_no_dtd&proxystylesheet=parallax&proxycustom=<HOME/>&ie=&oe=&lr=)
My cruising website is: ·www.bluemagic.biz (http://www.bluemagic.biz)·· MultiBladeProp is: www.bluemagic.biz/cluso.htm (http://www.bluemagic.biz/cluso.htm)

Baggers
04-09-2009, 08:00 PM
Jen,

Lovin the fact Propeller is now cheaper, but just out of curiosity, when does this price drop filter through to other countries?

http://www.milinst.com/propeller/propeller.htm#propchips

He's still showing·pre-reduce prices! :(

Cheers,
Jim.

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Baggers
04-09-2009, 10:00 PM
I've done some more digging around, and found the following.
in #1 we have
£10.00 at Digikey
then
£11.00 at Spinvent
then
£11.50 at MilInst
then
£11.57 at Farnell
and finally at an April foolish last place we have
£12.99 at RS

Jim.

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Cluso99
04-09-2009, 10:07 PM
I note DigiKey is still at the old price of US$12.99 too.

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Links to other interesting threads:

· Home of the MultiBladeProps: TriBladeProp (http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?p=786418), SixBladeProp (http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?p=780033), website (Multiple propeller pcbs) (http://bluemagic.biz/cluso.htm)
· Single Board Computer:·3 Propeller ICs·and a·TriBladeProp board (ZiCog Z80 Emulator) (http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?p=790917)
· Prop Tools under Development or Completed (Index) (http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?p=753439)
· Emulators: Micros eg Altair, and Terminals eg VT100 (Index (http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?p=778427))
· Search the Propeller forums (via Google) (http://search.parallax.com/search?site=parallax&client=parallax&output=xml_no_dtd&proxystylesheet=parallax&proxycustom=<HOME/>&ie=&oe=&lr=)
My cruising website is: ·www.bluemagic.biz (http://www.bluemagic.biz)·· MultiBladeProp is: www.bluemagic.biz/cluso.htm (http://www.bluemagic.biz/cluso.htm)

Lauren Davis
04-11-2009, 12:40 AM
Hello,

All of our distributors process their price changes on different schedules. It may take a little while to see the new price on all distributor websites. We are doing our best to communicate with them about the new suggested retail price for Propeller chips. Don't give up, price changes are being made. It just might take a little while longer then expected.

Kind Regards,
Lauren

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Baggers
04-11-2009, 01:25 AM
Ok, thanks Lauren for the update ;)

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Chicago Mike
04-11-2009, 11:44 AM
This is great. Wow, with SX chips now costing $3.99, and a questionable future ahead for the line, I'm thrilled that at $7.99 the two lines are getting closer in cost, to make the prop economically more feasable at volume. (With parallax not being at the mercy of anyone for the wafer). Still. The SX holds its purpose in the world, and I hope parallax keeps a low cost line under its belt (I hope the SX lives on).

I use Propeller and SX compared to the alternatives because of the fantastic support, free IDE and compilers. Try finding such comprehensive documentation or active , helpful, forums with an AVR or PIC.

Leon
04-11-2009, 04:01 PM
Microchip support is excellent! They also have a free IDE and compilers, and a very helpful forum.

Leon

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Coley
04-11-2009, 04:42 PM
Leon said...
Microchip support is excellent! They also have a free IDE and compilers, and a very helpful forum.


Yeah you are spot on there Leon, Microchip support is excellent, it has to be what with all those errata sheets they produce http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

Seriously though, this forum is one of the friendlier places out there especially for newbies, they don't tend to get flamed quite as much as others I've been on.
And where else do you get access to the owners of the company and designer of the chip????

Good on Parallax for reducing the prices, it may be a while before it filters through all the distributors but at least it will happen now.

Regards,

Coley

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