13106OpenTracker+ -- Modify or discontinue?
- Nov 2, 2011As I'm sure many of you have heard, discontinuation of the ESD-protected
MOSFETs used on the OpenTracker+ have required changes to the board.
I'm not happy with the substitute we're using now, and I'll probably
have to change the board again.
Using the parts I want to use would mean going with surface mount
packages for those two transistors. I wanted to see how folks felt
about that possibility.
The other option is to just discontinue the OT1+ entirely. The only
reason I've kept it around since the introduction of the OTUSB has been
to offer a through-hole kit for those who want to build the board
themselves. This is a much smaller portion of our sales than in the old
days - it's been a long time since we routinely shipped 10-packs of kits
for club builds. I still want to support the kit builders if I can, but
it's a constant fight against component obsolescence.
In any case, we won't be offering the assembled OT1+ any more - the
OTUSB does everything the OT1+ does and a lot more, and requires less