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Commissioning of the Micron pick/place machine is not complete so, to
avoid further delay to MR603, a batch has been ordered from a UK PCB
assembler. They will be delivered here by 1st June and will go on sale
Mid March has arrived but still no production MR603. The status is:
Receiver development is taking longer than hoped/expected, for which
MR603 is close but not quite ready.
Pre-production boards have passed all tests which gives confidence
for production. When I started this project, the plan was to have the
receivers assembled in China.
However, the continuing global semiconductor shortage has made that infeasible;
PCB assemblers either would not quote as they had no stock of some components
or the price per board made for an unacceptable retail price.
Thus, we will be manufacturing in house. The advantage is that
components can be sourced from multiple suppliers and allows flexibility
to make sufficient stock to match demand - particularly inmportant as
more receivers are added to the range.
The downside to in-house manufacture is the startup cost and effort.
A pick/place machine has been ordered but that will take some time
to commission so initial batches of MR603 will be hand-assembled resulting
in limited availability until we are up to speed.