[Arm-netbook] EOMA68 Computing Devices Update: 500 Micro Desktop PCB Assemblies
paul at boddie.org.uk
Sat Mar 23 15:55:14 GMT 2019
It was nice to see this latest update on the project:
"Just a brief update: Mike’s factory has assembled the 500 Micro Desktop PCBs,
though the through-hole VGA connectors still need to be hand-soldered on.
These are the simpler of the two boards, so all of the Micro Desktops are
being done, whereas explained in a previous update, the more complex board,
the EOMA68-A20, will only be done in a smaller test run of 100 at first."
It must be satisfying to see all of this start to come together.
On the topic of casings for the computer cards, I get the sense that there are
no ready-made solutions for the outward-facing side of the cards, this despite
most traditional PCMCIA/CardBus-profile cards exposing ports of different
kinds (such as modems, network ports, like two cards I have from many years
ago) and thus having similar requirements.
I suppose 3D printing or some other creative casing solution isn't an option.
Injection moulding seems to be quite demanding, as the following from the Tomu
"Right now a shop in China is etching the Tomu case shape into one ton of
steel. Once that’s done they’ll manufacture a few units to verify the etching
works. After this “T0” shot, they will harden the steel tool and start
To provide context, the Tomu case is a tiny piece of plastic of around one
square centimetre and probably no more than 3mm in depth!
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