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Project update 11 of 14
Here is the current status of our production and shipping.
All boards have completed the production process:
StereoPi v2 first batch shipment
This means if your order is for the board only (StereoPi v2 Regular or Slim version), it will be shipped as soon as everything is set up in the Mouser logistics system. As a rule, this process takes a couple of weeks.
The set of accessories for the StereoPi V2 Camera Kit
Here is a list of components we’ve received from the factory that are ready for the kitting process:
Components we are waiting for to complete the Camera Kits assembly:
So, cameras are the only item we’re still waiting for to complete assembling our kits. They are expected to arrive at our kitting partner on 26 of July.
HQ housing, black anodized aluminium
Aluminium parts are expected to be shipped from the factory on 28 of July. The HQ housing kits assembly requires adding a couple of HOYA CM500 filters to the package and putting on a label, which just takes one day. Considering the kitting and shipping time to the Mouser, we expect completed kits will arrive at Mouser in the second week of August.
StereoPi v2 PoE
Production of these boards is still stuck due to the inflated SI3402-B-GM chip price. As we mentioned in our previous update, each PoE shield’s production cost now exceeds our retail price. So right now, we are calculating the final economics of the whole StereoPi v2 project with all expenses (shipping, fulfillment, taxes, etc.) and we will try to produce all of them using all available money. We rejected other solutions (like waiting for the next year for the market to calm down or developing a PoE shield from scratch using another chip) because all of them led to an extremely long wait-time for our backers.
After our previous update about PoE production challenges, we got a few emails with supportive words. Some of you suggested we increase the PoE price and ask backers to shoulder the costs. We appreciate your help! But we’ll try first to use all other options we have now to keep our word and deliver the PoE shields at the declared price.
By the way, if you happen to know where any SI3402-B-GM chips are available (a few hundred pieces at a price significantly lower than $10) - let us know! We know miracles happen sometimes…
Everyone, thank you very much for your support. Life gave us a test and made us take a challenging exam with this batch production. You see, Crowd Supply platform is proud that 100% of funded projects deliver their products to backers. We’re doing our best to keep this number the same, and we don’t want to let Crowd Supply down!