As of writing this, the campaign has been running for one and a half weeks and is just $1 under three thousand dollars in funding. A good start but also still a long way to go. If still in doubt, don’t procrastinate - and go support the Retro-uC and Chips4Makers project.
After the campaign launched, comments popped up online with questions regarding the feasibility of the campaign. Some people wondered if the funding goal was realistic and well researched, as custom chips are supposed to have a big startup cost. Inspired by these comments I wrote a blog post on the startup cost for the Retro-uC. If you head over there you can read the details and see the choices that were made to make the relatively-low funding goal possible.
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