Chip and I had a brief discussion last night about how we'll get chips out to the early adopters. Of course, there's much to be accomplished before this happens. Chip needs to test out all the features, finish the Spin interpreter concurrent with our planning. 1,500 fully packaged parts are coming to Parallax in coming weeks. I'd like to share a few thoughts on what we're thinking and seek your input. The role of the Propeller community is absolutely imperative to the success of the product - times have changed since 2006 and we won't succeed if we're the only people making boards, software, etc.
In regards to getting P2 chips in your hands, here are a couple of thoughts:
- We need to get P2s quickly to a handful of people who contributed to the design (with PCBs, testing, etc.) as soon as possible. These will likely be from the first batch of packaged parts (maybe not the 10 chips we received yesterday, unless Chip says otherwise).
- An initial early adopter release could include the P2 mounted on a simple breakout PCB with USB like Peter produced, off our SMT line. Perhaps customers could choose one of the following: (1) place an order for FREE delivery, because you wish to contribute to the project; or (2) BUY the product because you want to start coding, but prefer not to be committed to any development efforts. You choose!
Expectations would need to be reasonable for this first phase. Customers wouldn't expect a plug-and-play, load-and-go experience on every imaginable operating system, for example. Parallax would need to communicate the plan and manage expectations so we don't wind up getting commercial reviews as part of an early adopter release.
Share your thoughts on this distribution approach (not the PCB design), and provide any new ideas too.