Re: [midatlanticretro] New S100 mini front panel project
- Count me in too -- also, let me know if you need any help bulk-sourcing components. I seem to be good at that.
On Sun, 26 Aug 2012 15:35:24 -0400
Richard Cini <rich.cini@...> wrote:
> Fellow vintage computing hobbyists --
> Don Caprio and I have been working for a few months on a project that's an
> S-100 card size front panel. Styled after common front panels from the day,
> it's scaled to fit a standard S-100 card format (5.3" x 10") and includes
> the usual switches and blinkenlights. Eventually we will open-up the project
> page (http://fpmini.pbworks.com/w/page/39529866/FP%20Mini) once we clean it
> up a bit.
> We just received the latest prototype boards and are going to be building
> and testing them shortly. We're planning on selling boards and possibly a
> "switch package" that are miniaturized versions of IMSAI-style paddle
> switches from NKK.
> Our goal is to get enough orders to get the board cost down to the $20-25
> range. We're also trying to work a deal on switch sets. Although the base of
> the required switches are pretty common, the bat handle colors aren't (blue
> and red) and require large minimum order quantities. This is something we're
> trying to work through with the vendor. In volume, we expect that a full
> switch set will be in the [$100] range or possibly lower. More info to come
> on this.
> So that we can get an idea as to how many boards we may need to make during
> the initial production run, we'd like to gauge people's interest. There is
> no commitment at this point only an expression of general interest so we
> can gauge demand and board order quantities.
> If anyone is interested, please contact me off-list and I'll keep your
> emails handy. You can also check out the project page (shown above) to get
> Rich Cini
> Collector of Classic Computers
> Build Master and lead engineer, Altair32 Emulator