In a recent news post, https://www.ghielectronics.com/community/forum/topic?id=15888, we dropped the price on many of the Gadgeteer modules and we are now doing the same for the System on Modules (SoM). With these new prices, any company can afford to have a powerful .NET Micro Framework base for their design. For example G120 is under $30 in at only 100pcs, EMX is near $50 and G400 is near $60! We even dropped the price on the FEZ Cerb40 II to only $24.95! Note that the Cerb40, part of the Cerb-family now includes our GHI extended libraries (formerly known as premium), so it is a lot more powerful at a lower price.
As for FEZ Cobra II, instead of offering four different versions from stock, we will only offer FEZ Cobra II (Eco) from stock. Developers needing WiFi or Ethernet can simply add these modules, thanks to .NET Gadgeteer. This is a very good option for low volumes. If 100 or more units are needed, we will continue to offer the FEZ Cobra II Ethernet and WiFi versions, as special orders. Typical lead time is 4 to 6 weeks on these boards.
Lately there have been some discussions about longevity of products and we would like to cover this here but we are always a phone call away. Our business at GHI Electronics is entirely reliant upon the faith of our customers in us and our offerings. They use our products to create new products and update existing ones. This means any quality issues will reflect on our customer’s products as well. We also understand that discontinuing products can be very bad for our customers. For the reasons above, we take quality and longevity very seriously, especially on our SoM offers. Those changes occur very rarely and come with very long notices. And even after the change, we continue to offer the old products on demand. Over the last ten years of business, we have had many occasions where customers have contacted us about building a product that was discontinued a long time ago and we still revived it and made it available to them. As long as it is physically possible (the raw components are still available) we will always work with you on recreating any discontinued product.
In contrast to the SoMs, the rules are a bit softer on breakout boards of the SoMs. For example, FEZ Cobra II is based on G120 and it is simply a breakout for G120 with few connectors and a power supply. Due to its simplicity, it is very easy for us to manufacture this board at any time. In this case, changes can happen but we can always manufacture the older version if requested.
Lastly, we would like to mention that we have also lowered the prices on the Gadgeteer cables.
As always, we are here to listen and improve. We hope you will enjoy all the great new prices on our SoMs and look forward to seeing your future inventions.