A powerful, open hardware ECP5 FPGA dev board

Dec 15, 2020

Project update 16 of 20

Backorder and Expansion Boards Status

by Goran Mahovlić

We have an update regarding the status of current backordered ULX3S items, an updated shipping estimate for the Expansion Boards (February 2021), and details on a collaboration side project with EEZ-BB3. We hope this answers some of your questions!

My pre-order has not yet been shipped - why?

If you placed a ULX3S pre-order that has not been shipped, it likely includes multiple products. The ULX3S pre-orders were originally entered with the instruction, ‘ship when complete’, to avoid multiple shipments of items within one single order.

The ULX3S with ECP5 85F units were recently re-stocked, but the Expansion Boards are still backordered. All of the orders that were marked ‘ship when complete’ were then held in limbo because one item was still unavailable.

We’ve updated the instructions on these affected orders, and the available part (ULX3S with ECP5 85F) is expected to ship soon. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and appreciate your patience and understanding.

What is the production status of the Expansion Boards and other ULX3S boards?

As we have made some changes to the GPDI extension board (it is now a 4-layer board with 0402 components), it is still in production. Production will start in January so we will get boards later that month. All USB and OV7670 boards are already produced and waiting for GPDI v1.5. The rest of the 12F boards will also be ready in January.

When will the Expansion Boards be re-stocked?

Once the boards are finished, they’ll be packaged for delivery to Mouser Electronics. They are expected to arrive at the warehouse by the end of January, which means that shipping will start in February 2021.

If you have already placed a pre-order for the Expansion boards, your order details are entered in our system and your order will ship as soon as we have the items back in stock.

Once the existing pre-orders (backorders) are shipped, the Expansion boards will be officially re-stocked and available to order as a normal stock item.

Collaboration with the EEZ Bench Box 3:

And to end with one tempting picture: the successful collaboration with the EEZ BB3 team led to the prototyping of the "MCU" module, which also has an ECP5 FPGA that can mix video signals and display them in two places: TFT touchscreen and external HDMI monitor/projector. I believe that I will have the opportunity to report back soon with more interesting news.

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