Well the mainboard is finally done. No more changes. troubleshooting etc. Not the same to be said about the mod board and the enhancements. I was hoping to be able to offer both the board and the mods at the same time, but now my tester/creator of those mods is otherwise occupied with life. So we move on. I have decided to offer the boards anyway. Once the mods have been tested and finalized, I can offer them as a plug in upgrade.
Due to the severe shortage of SIO connectors I will be limiting the number to 1 per order. That at least will give everyone a fair chance I hope to purchase.
I am looking into possibly an alternative to the SIO connectors (board redesign?) or having them 3d printed. I am thinking that the state of 3d printing might have progressed to the point that the metal pins can be incorporated during the printing process. It seems possible. 3D printing is appealing, but still just a little out of my price range for the quality I want.
I started this project a little over 2 years ago. Working part time through two different pcb board design software suites, my own inexperience and a desert of information on the XF551 I have come out on the other side a changed person. Along the way I have been helped and tutored by several people that if not for them, I would not have succeeded. I want to publicly thank Guus Assmann(guus.assmann), Igor Gramblicka, and Jonathan Halliday(flashjazzcat).
Give me a couple days to get the boards photoed and the site setup to sell them. In the meantime here’s something to wet the whistle.