[time-nuts] Price of LTE Lite GPSDO vs Trimble Thunderbolt.

Neil Schroeder gigneil at gmail.com
Fri Oct 17 16:20:39 EDT 2014


How do you feel your module compares to that old Thunderbolt, Said?

NS

On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 1:13 PM, S. Jackson via time-nuts <
time-nuts at febo.com> wrote:

> Pete,
>
> that is not inflation, that is supply and demand. The Trimble Mini-T  was
> priced at $945 on Trimble's standard price list for 1 to 9 pieces, and the
> Thunderbolt was likely twice that much when sold new, so you have to
> compare
> that to the LTE-Lite pricing.
>
> The Thunderbolt units offered by Tom via TAPR to Time Nuts at that  time
> were old rejects that had done their duty already, were fully paid-off  and
> would have been scrapped and recycled by the Telecom otherwise, and Tom
> invested a huge amount of his time testing them and  packaging/shipping
> them at
> no charge, so that pricing was completely  random and lucky for us to be at
> the right time at the right moment.
>
> In fact the complete used Thunderbolt package now lists for up to $498 on
> Ebay..
>
> No problem on offering these kits factory-new with warranty at what  we
> hope is a fair price,
> Bye,
> Said
>
>
> In a message dated 10/17/2014 12:49:32 Pacific Daylight Time,
> pete at petelancashire.com writes:
>
> First  three cheers to LTE for making these available.
>
> It reminds me when  Motorola made a developers kit for the then
> new 68HC11 MCU available for  $68.11.
>
> I know of one design win they got that more then made of their  marketing
> costs.
>
> Another that hit me is with inflation the LTE Lite  is not much more then
> what many of us paid for our Thunderbolts.
>
> For  those new to the list  ...
>
> https://www.febo.com/pipermail/time-nuts/2008-May/031100.html
>
> http://www.leapsecond.com/pages/tapr-tbolt/
>
> In  2008, $124, the LTE Lite in 2014 $195.
>
> With 'real' inflation (not the  11% you get online) the $71 difference is
> not much more.
>
> My two  backup Thunderbolts cost me $145 each, just before they hit $200
> then  became history.
>
> Again thanks to Said and JLT  !!!!
>
> -pete
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