We use the Hydra for our systems processor platform, and we bought over 50 boards already. Every system has to have a real time clock feature, and in the prototype it worked fine. In our production model we could not get the RTC to keep time, and it was drawing a lot of current, about 15mA. We finally traced back the problem to the Hydra board itself. Diode D1 was populated with a 0 ohm resistor. Now, on top of having to modify the boards to add a crystal, we have to go and correct this as well. If the Hydra came standard with a clock crystal, GHI would catch this in production. But instead they wanted to save a few cents.
I have sent multiple emails to GHI with no response. We’re definitely designing their products out of our system in the next release.