[Oberon] Development boards

Magnus Karlsson magnus at saanlima.com
Sun May 10 19:41:09 CEST 2020

Also, it's very hard to compete with subsidized boards from Digilent 
etc.  They sell boards for less than the component cost.

One alternative is to just make add-on boards for popular boards like 
Arty from Digilent to add missing interface options.
Here is a board that could be used with Arty A7 or Arty S7:


On 5/10/2020 10:21 AM, Magnus Karlsson wrote:
> Most PCB assembly house can either do turn-key jobs (i.e. they source 
> all the parts and the PCBs from your design files/BOM) or you can 
> provide all the parts and they only do the assembly.
> Turn-key is more expensive but then they can do the PCB the way they 
> prefer (in a panel with rails etc.) .
> You can quote a turn-key job be sending them the Gerber files and the 
> BOM.  Before you do, I recommend checking parts availability in the 
> BOM, some parts might be obsolete and have to be substituted with 
> equivalent parts.
> The worst case is when a part is obsolete and there is no equivalent 
> substitute part, which might happen for parts like sd-card sockets, 
> connectors etc that have a unique footprint. This might require a 
> layout change to accommodate  a  substitute part.
> As for Saanlima Electronics, the "people" is just me running a hobby 
> company on the side.
> Unfortunately the interest in FPGA boards have gone way done lately, 
> now days it's all about inexpensive ESP32 and RaspPi boards etc.
> Magnus
> On 5/9/2020 11:10 PM, Tomas Kral wrote:
>> On Sun, 3 May 2020 15:23:26 -0700
>> Magnus Karlsson <magnus at saanlima.com> wrote:
>>> FYI, Pepino board files and manufacturing data files are now
>>> available on github:
>> Hi Magnus,
>> I consider `Pepino' a perfect design.
>> While people in
>> uController business may view it is an entry level Oberon System. For
>> me is definitely more than that.
>> I wish to explore what it can take to produce `Pepino' boards from your
>> design files. I will try to get some quotes from local PCB making
>> companies, I know of. However not sure if they also
>> have surface mount capabilities. Is it typically one company doing it
>> all, producing complete assembled boards?
>> Magnus, just curious, you people at `Saanlima electronics', what are
>> your plans in the future, do you foresee any new designs?
>> Oberon related?
>> Many thanks
>> Tomas
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