[riot-devel] Fwd: How many devices in an upcoming ATUSB production run?

Stefan Schmidt stefan at osg.samsung.com
Mon Dec 12 10:18:59 CET 2016


Hello.

On 01/08/16 14:49, Stefan Schmidt wrote:
> Hello.
>
> I hope this it is appropriate to forward this here but I talked to
> people about the ATUSB dongle at RIOT summit and some sounded as if they
> would be happy to have it available again.
>
> It would be more of a development tool used for monitoring from Linux or
> testing a border router without embedded hardware like the Pi.
>
> If you have interest please use my private stefan at datenfreihafen.org
> address to reply.
>
> regards
> Stefan Schmidt
>
>
> -------- Forwarded Message --------
> Subject: How many devices in an upcoming ATUSB production run?
> Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2016 23:51:31 +0200
> From: Stefan Schmidt <stefan at datenfreihafen.org>
> To: linux-wpan at vger.kernel.org <linux-wpan at vger.kernel.org>
>
> Hello.
>
> Ever since the first, and only, batch of ATUSB dongles have been sold
> out I was looking for someone to get a new batch going to keep this
> useful development device available.
>
> For newcomers here or people how are not familiar with it. The ATUSB
> dongle is a small USB device with a AVR micro controller and Atmel 15.4
> transceiver. The firmware is open source and the kernel driver is
> working out of the box in mainline from 4.1. This makes is a nice
> development device if you want test 15.4 on your normal laptop or
> desktop. Attaching it to a embedded board with USB will also work but if
> you have GPIO lines available a transceiver module alone might be cheaper.
>
> Back to the topic. Finally the pieces are coming together and we are
> working towards a new batch of devices! Yay! :)
>
> Right now we are thinking of about 50 pieces. Its a device for a very
> specific niche after all so its hard to estimate numbers here. If we
> would to for 100 or more devices the ratio for the one-time setup costs
> in the fab would obviously be better.
>
> Thus I wanted to tru getting some estimation of what we would really
> need. What kind of interest is there before we have 99 in stock and only
> one sold :)
>
> If you would be interested to get 1 or more of them please let me know
> either here or in private. This would not be an order or such, just
> shown interest.
>
> The original batch had 120 ATUSB devices and a price tag of 39 EUR for
> one ATUSB. With a batch of only 50 we are unable to hold this price tag.
> Right now our hope would be to stay below 50 EUR. These prices are not
> fixed but our own estimates right now.
>
> If we the interest is high enough and we go with a 100 batch we hope to
> reduce the price to 45. And just to make this clear, this does not
> include any money for Werner or me putting time into this or the company
> making any profit. Its really all for hardware BOM, PCB boards,
> manufacturing, webshop handling, etc. All involved parties want to
> enable more people having access to this technology and our stack not
> making a profit.
>
> http://downloads.qi-hardware.com/people/werner/wpan/web/

These devices are available now: http://shop.sysmocom.de/products/atusb

Keep in mind that these are not supported by RIOT directly but meant for 
a Linux system which might act as a border router or just for the ease 
of development and testing of 15.4 against RIOT.

regards
Stefan Schmidt


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