Short RasPiComm status update

You had to wait a long time without updates, sorry for that! We have been really busy with a lot of things including the RasPiComm.

As you probably know we have manufactured our first batch already. Sadly we still do not have the order from RS.

I’ve been to the Electronica in Munich to meet some guys from RS and we found a solution to speed up the process a little bit by placing the initial order through another company which is already listed as a supplier. That is now all in place, the RasPiComm is set up, so the next step is waiting for the order.

When we have the order we can ship the boards. So we are almost there, but I already said that a month ago.

Just wanted to let you know that we are still pushing here, and we are coming closer to shipping the boards. Thank you for your patience!

22 responses to “Short RasPiComm status update

  1. Vicary December 20, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Did I just missed out the first release? Where can I buy one? :O

  2. inabeyance December 21, 2012 at 5:07 am

    Cheers for the update. I was starting to worry that the RasPiComm was never going to ship.
    I have a few questions if that is OK:

    Do we have to go through RS or can we order direct through you? After the torturous process I endured with RS shipping my Pi I would rather not deal with them again if possible!

    How big was this first run? I would like to get some idea so that I do not miss out.

    Are there any plans for a future revision with upgrades or additions? Any chance of a 4 wire RS485 (Modbus) interface?

    • Daniel Amesberger January 2, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Direct order from us is only for companies and bulk purchases, sorry we are not specialized on retail business.
      RS and Raspberry Pi is a difficult thing, usually (for all things excluding the Rasberry Pi) RS ships within 1-2 days.
      But we will also work on getting other retailers on the list.
      The first run was 1000 boards.
      Yes, there are more boards coming. We will update our website soon and we want to listen closely to community demands. Chances are good that Modbus will make it into the RasPiComm Plus coming this year.

  3. Arkoxtr December 21, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Will you only be selling through RS?

  4. Robin December 27, 2012 at 4:10 am

    Take my advice … just put a “buy now” PayPal button on your site, it will be a lot simpler.

    • Daniel Amesberger January 2, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      Depends on what you call “simpler”. We are not specialized on small retail business. In fact it would need considerable work in my company to do that, and I already work more than 60 hours a week. We simply want to focus on supporting and developing things and outsource the retail business. And we would have to single-ship the boards from Austria which makes shipping really expensive and/or slow.

      • CodeParc January 3, 2013 at 11:09 am

        It would be simpler for the customers, but maybe not for you. For seriously interested parties is it difficult to understand that a finished product fails solely on the shipping. I hope that there is a solution to this strange problem soon.

        • Daniel Amesberger January 3, 2013 at 2:33 pm

          I do not agree that it is per se simpler for the customers. Shipping would cost at least USD 25 and takes 2-4 weeks, faster shipping would be more expensive, I can already hear the complaints if we start shipping this way. I do not have volume contracts that enables me to ship at competitive prices and speed. And that would also apply to returns. Having someone that can do this locally is a big advantage.
          Shipping worldwide is not a simple task, but believe me we are on it. If we do not get a solution in the next 2 weeks we might start shipping from Austria.

          • DennisB January 11, 2013 at 9:59 pm

            Howdy,
            I just ordered 3 RasPi boards from a company in UK and the shipping cost, to USA, was under 10USD. Not unreasonable.
            Also, I notice that the MAX3140 is powered from the 5V line.
            Would that not put 5 Volts from DOUT into the SPI Data input ??
            Is the RasPi SPI Data In 5 volt tolerant ??
            Thanks and can’t wait until your boards are avaliable.

            • Daniel Amesberger January 13, 2013 at 12:23 pm

              Hey,
              shipping costs here are quite different. For US to Austria it can get as low as $10, for Austria to USA it is more like $35 and up. From Hong Kong it is even cheaper, as low as $3. But sending something from Austria to HK is 10 times more expensive.
              Dave Jones from eevblog.com has the same problem with Australia I heard.
              You are right about the SPI communication. DOUT is about 4.5 volts (Vcc-.5V) which is just below the absolute maximum ratings, never had problems with that, but it is not nice. Due to the space constraint we omitted level translation in previous revisions. The current revision (rev5) has buffers in place, we managed to squeeze them in.

  5. David December 28, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Two simple questions, please.

    Is the RS485 isolated?
    Are Farnell going to carry the PCB?

    • Daniel Amesberger January 2, 2013 at 1:36 pm

      No, RS485 is not isolated, but it has TVS protection diodes in place. We will probably add isolation with the RasPiComm Plus version coming out this year.
      I talked to Farnell a while ago, we are not yet sure if Farnell will carry the RasPiComm.

  6. Lord Orange December 28, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Ich würde auch sofort einen bestellen! Hoffentlich bekommt RS Components das Teil bald an den Start.

  7. calebdb8 December 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Thanks for the update. I am really eager to get my hands on this board. I will be checking back often. Has a final price been settled on for this board? It looks pretty affordable.

  8. coolwater January 4, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Was wäre denn die Mindeststückzahl, die man abnehmen muss, um direkt bei dir bestellen zu können (als Händler)?

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