[time-nuts] Xtendwave Everset chips update
kb8tq at n1k.org
Wed Jul 2 13:09:44 EDT 2014
If you want to go a bit crazy, there are places that will package up die for you. Depending on the resulting package, cost is in the $0.30 to $20 per part range. Most of the places will hit you with a ~ $500 setup charge and are unlikely to deal in less than 1,000 piece lots (unless things are really slow - not the case right now).
If it’s a part that will fit in a “normal” ceramic DIP package, you *might* be able to manually wire bond it. Your local university it a good place to scout around for somebody with the gear to do the job. It’s not all that hard to do. It’s a “case of beer” sort of deal to get a handful of parts done. That assumes you can find the right guy and pay for the packages. There are a *lot* of them doing short run ASIC’s these days and they have to try them out somehow. The MPW run costs them < $5K so they don’t spend a lot on the packaging.
On Jul 2, 2014, at 12:49 PM, paul swed <paulswedb at gmail.com> wrote:
> Emailed Pete at Everset about the ES100 and 200 chips and unfortunately
> only chip dies are available. I am good but not that good.
> He suggests that someday a vendor will be selling a clock and thats the
> only reasonable option that will be available.
> All in all completely unattractive, as someone is going to pay for this
> clever new timecode and it surely won't be me.
> Though if the clocks are in the $20 range thats a different discussion.
> Somehow I suspect its the $1000 range. No honest clue though.
> So clearly not a useful path to d-psk the wwvb or actually anything else.
> Tom so much for the predictive approach at least to a point.
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