Originally Posted by empyr
- So you posted on the 11th it would be 1-2 weeks, do you have any updates?
They've finished the tooling, which took a while because they're busy. Its really annoying because the factory will give the standard time it takes, then if that changes (like, they book it in and it turns out it'll take longer), they don't tell me.
They also wanted some changes to the PCB after the tooling was finished, and my engineer was away on business so he didn't get round to making the changes for a while
(I only sent the factory the new PCB designs yesterday).
The other thing is I'm going to test the microchip direct chip programming, since its what will be used in manufacturing. Basically you send the firmware with the order of the MCUs, and they are programmed with it. So far I've been just manually updating the FW, so I haven't tried their service yet. I am waiting for new FW from my engineer at the moment, when I get that I can order the MCUs, which take about 3 days to get to the factory.
So how long it takes depends on three things: The time it takes the factory to make the PCBs, the time it takes my engineer to send me the new FW, and the time it takes Microchip to send the MCUs.
Hopefully, these will be the last changes needed, so the mouse will be final after I get these samples. While the mouse with reviewers, it'll be FCC/CE tested, which should be easy. Then it'll be ready to be mass produced, which will take 1.5-2 months. It might take a little longer, because it's a new model for them and they'll probably want to figure out how best to manufacture it on the production line.