Seems like every day has been more exciting than the previous day lately.
Today, Chip arrived at Parallax to get a look at the P2 Evaluation Boards and for our meeting with ON Semiconductor. The P2 Evaluation Boards need some adjustment on the power supply caps which they'll be making over the next couple of days before we ship these boards to all of you. Switching power supply design is always such a challenge for us and I'm not really sure why, but the engineers will sort it out with a few more Digi-Key drops. We're really close and this isn't a problem for the team. We'll finish the production and send you the boards at some point soon.
We also showed ON where we are with the project. Chip explained the signal generation, Jeff froze the board with freon (?) and David heated it up. Then we sat down to discuss:
- schedule and how it depends on all of us testing the P2 and Chip authorizing the final 13-week restart for final Verilog changes and production
- volume production costs and schedule
- timing and specifications of possible P2 derivatives in the future
- the outstanding financial commitment to achieve this project (no comment)
Should we be able to restart ON the first week of January (and if their key staff is available to support us) we could have chips the second week of April. This could enable a Spring Propeller Expo at Parallax, but it's feeling awfully tight at this time. It's starting to feel like Fall 2019 is the right time for the event because summer heat is miserable in Rocklin. The Parallax team has also worked tirelessly to fuel the project and looks forward to completion.
Thanks for all of your support!