Well - I am starting to see a fairly disturbing pattern - I have a graveyard of various GHI boards and addons… In fact I would not like to add up how much out company has spent at this point. We are close to finishing our cobra2 based product and now find out that its on the outer also. Here is my 2cents worth as a loyal customer:
We as a company are betting a lot of money of GHI products and offerings - I am starting to lose faith in a constant redevelop phase. We don’t do this as a hobby - when a product is withdrawn it hurts us. I have a prototype running beside me right now in test that I am now very frustrated at the hundreds of hours I poured into it …to arrive at this point again.
Can GHI have an urgent meeting and provide the community some form of continuity guarantee on products - this is not something unusual …many companies give you an expected lifecycle so companies can make an educated bet on spending money with you. NO MESSAGE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY ON THIS DOES ACTUALLY SEND A VERY CLEAR MESSAGE.
I am in the middle of discussions with companies about taking our product for thousands of these devices based on cobra2. We use the cobra 2 as a prototype and yes I understand that we can move to the G120 and START OVER AGAIN - but this entire ecosystem is based on ‘use our boards and save tons of development time’ - I entire agree that this is the case …however when you have to keep redeveloping on the latest and greatest because the last one was removed again then it diminishes the value of what you offer.
Can we please get some form of statement from GHI of life expectancy on the various modules…we are parking this product at this stage as I don’t want to fund another development and then find out that the G120 for example suffers the same fate in another 6 months. The target for our dev we are on is to replace a product we have been deploying for 10 years on PIC technology …we can still get every component 10 years on and I am very nervous about betting my companys future on these types of uncertainties.
So you know Im not just complaining for the sake of it - I LOVE your products…We have built a lot of devices based on these …but long term I already nervous about the future of netmf (separate discussion I know) …now I am also nervous about betting my company on something that is already looking like its going out of supply in the form I expected.
Happy to discuss further as I am after guidance/confirmation on guaranteed continuity of supply.