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**OPEN** 2017 Micro Hardware Co-Op - uSC, uAmp, Afterburner
« on: April 02, 2017, 04:07:43 PM »
The 2017 co-op for the Micro String Controller V1, uAmp V2 and Afterburner boards is now OPEN.

Please read all info and ask any questions in the regular forums before ordering.

I am still doing some testing and refinement on the 'Micro Mega Node' so it will not be part of this co-op.

Anticipated co-op closing date is July 16th after which revised totals will be calculated and payment emails will be sent.  Payment should be completed by July 23rd.  Component ordering and board production can then begin.  Circuit board etching and assembly lead time is expected to be 4 weeks total. Receipt of finished boards, packing and shipping could take approximately 2 additional weeks, which may put us at the mid / end of September for you receiving the finished boards.  I will work to speed the process where possible, and timely payments are always appreciated.

Domestic Shipping / Handling is expected to be $6.50 flat rate.  This will include a USPS flat rate shipping box, appropriate static protection bags and other consumable materials to prep for shipping.  As before I will try to offer reduced rate shipping ($3.50) for orders which fit into a small padded envelopePaypal fees will be added to each order. 

International Shipping will be billed at actual cost.  Exchange rates will apply.

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Prices listed below are best estimates for each component at the quantity goal listed and should be "NTE" - not to exceed.  The price listed below does not include shipping/handling, paypal fee, etc. I've tried to make best estimates for a reasonable goal on 'quantity' and price accordingly.  If we fail to reach quantity levels, I will explore other options to keep the co-op on track / on budget, though a substantially lower quantity may mean canceling that particular item.

Please do not ask for special shipping, handling, paypal transaction consideration, etc. While I wouldn't mind to do this for a few, if I do it for one, I should do it for all.  If I do it for all, then it gets to be a very complex matter of tracking all special requests, packages, shipping, special shipping orders, etc.  For this to be efficient in bulk, we need to follow a set / defined process.  I appreciate your consideration!


More info on each component:

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uSCV1 controller:  Please note:




        Intro Post / Specifications - http://falconchristmas.com/forum/index.php/topic,832.msg7006.html#msg7006

        Intro Video - http://youtu.be/kozI6qHMTao

        Note on the amended test mode (ie "test mode at any time")  http://youtu.be/BBAIWbdjTpE

        Discussion on LED/indicator brightness  http://falconchristmas.com/forum/index.php/topic,835.msg7035.html#msg7035

        uSCV1 Manual:  http://falconchristmas.com/wiki/images/USC_Owners_and_Set-up_Manual_1.5.pdf

In summary, the Micro String Controller should replace the function any "SSC", but have the following benefits:  smaller, cheaper, pre-assembled, more easily waterproofed, longer controller-to-node transmitting distance, more reliable data transmission, lower overall power consumption, up to 4 indicator LEDs if desired, no-contact test mode if desired.

The board will come 100% pre-assembled, PIC programmed with the latest Falcon firmware and magnetic test switch installed.  It will be ready for channel programming, your wire attachments and then make blinky nodes.  You do not HAVE to add anything else to make blinking nodes.  Simply attach your power, data, and node wires then program channel set-up.

Four indicator LEDs will also be included which you can add to create a 'Mega' version if you wish.

Pre-Assembled/Optioned Board - $10.80   

Co-op Goal:  175 boards


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uAmpV2 or Micro Amp Version 2  Please Note:

As for 2016.  Same great performance, though due to popular request, the LEDs are now surface mount and will come pre-assembled.  Board size is slightly larger (about .040" more in each dimension) and hole sizes are slightly enlarged to reduce the minor wire fitment issues reported in 2015.



        A demonstration video of uAmp V1 is live at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp8QYcV57bo

        Introductory thread with questions / answers: http://falconchristmas.com/forum/index.php/topic,2115.0.html

At the basic level, the Micro Amp is a signal conditioner / amplifier which can be used with any square wave data source.  The uAmp has been designed using the same MOSFET drive technology as the uSC and has some of the same design features such as built in strain relief holes, basic board comes pre-assembled and ready to use, pre-formed holes for optional LEDs (indicating 'power' and 'data out'),  compact size, ESD protection and short circuit protection on the data line.

Unlike the uSC, the uAmp is solely a digital signal processor.  It has no PIC chip and is not capable of differentiating different 'channels' of data the way a string controller does - it simply processes, clarifies and amplifies ANY data fed to it.  Conversely, it is a simple 'plug-n-play' device.  No PIC programming, firmware, channel setting, etc is required and you do not need to assign 'null' channels to a uAmp as you would with a null node.

Some possible uses:
 
If you wish to send data from an unmodified SSCV1 or SSCV2 more than a few inches, or an SSCV3/V4 more than a few feet, a uAmp can be added to the output line.  Once installed, the low power, 'messy' SSC data is amplified and clarified so the controller can now be 50, 60, 70 or more feet to the display element.

"Null Node" - Data transmission between nodes is limited to around 6-15 feet (regardless of string controller*).  Installing a uAmp after a node will condition and boost the data signal strength so gaps between elements can be 50, 60, 70 feet or more if needed.  Because the uAmp processes all data and does not use the "take one and pass it on" format a node does, the uAmp does not need to be programmed into the display, or take up channels as a null node does.

*Note - The data stream is regenerated and retransmitted by each node.  Due to this, a controller with a strong output (such as the uSC) can send data quite a far distance to the first node, however, when that data is retransmitted by the first node, the distance is again limited to around 6-15 feet.   

Co-op Goal:  800 pieces   Price: $4.65 each



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Afterburner - a MOSFET driver kit for Falcon F8 / F16V1 boards. 



        A demonstration video is live at: http://youtu.be/c035HnwbD-E

        Introductory thread with questions / answers: http://falconchristmas.com/forum/index.php/topic,2326.0.html

        User / Install manual:  http://falconchristmas.com/forum/index.php/topic,3406.msg37135.html#msg37135

Afterburner is designed as a simple 'drop in' kit to upgrade Falcon F8 / F16V1 boards to MOSFET drive technology like that used in the uSC - Micro String Controllers.  This will boost the Falcon F16V1 or F8-to-Node distance from 20-30 feet to 50-60 feet or more.

The kit is a simple hardware board and resistor array pair requiring no programming, no setting changes, no PIC processors, etc. 

One Afterburner kit would upgrade one block of 8 channels - ie one kit to fully upgrade Falcon F8, one or two kits for Falcon F16. 

You can run the Falcon F16 output 'split' if desired (ie one side using the original op-amp output for local node strings, one side with the Afterburner for more remotely located strings) without diminishing the performance of either side.  If you wish to boost less than an 8 channel block, the uAmp signal conditioner/amplifier would be one option to provide the same MOSFET drive technology for individual strings.

Co-op goal: 30 pieces   Price $16.50 each
Co-op limit: 36 pieces


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Please put your order request in the following format:

<preferred contact email up to but not including the @ symbol>

uSCV1 + 4 LEDs: <quantity>

uAmpV2: <quantity>

Afterburner + 9 LEDs: <quantity>

<contact email domain>

**Note - email is formatted to keep any spambots from scraping the forum.  If your email is john.doe@email.com, you would enter

'john.doe' in the <preferred contact email not including the @> space, then enter 'email.com' in the <contact email domain> space.


EXAMPLE ORDER FORMAT (please feel free to cut and paste as needed)


<john.doe>

uSCV1 + 4 LEDs: 6

uAmp: 12

Afterburner + 9 LEDs: 1

<email.com>


As time allows, I will post and update a table of order quantities in the next post.  Please double check it for accuracy, as well as your payment email.  Your payment email will be based on the table and your order will be based on your payment email.
[I anticipate this thread remaining open to Saturday July 16th.  Please take your time, read carefully, consider your order and payment carefully.  Please ask any questions in the normal forum before ordering.]
Thanks for your attention and patience.
« Last Edit: June 13, 2017, 08:21:13 PM by corey872 »

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Re: OPEN** 2017 Micro Hardware Co-Op - uSC, uAmp, Afterburner and ???
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2017, 04:08:09 PM »
2017 Micro Hardware Co-Op - uSC, uAmp, Afterburner Co-Op Order Sheet

Please DOUBLE CHECK your information and order.  If you note any discrepancies please PM me.  Thanks!


LineUsernameuSCuAmpAfterburnerPayment EmailPayment Received
1aclarksr4100Pending Quotes
2adamb050Pending Quotes
3adster080Pending Quotes
4ahb2ukeith0120Pending Quotes
5aknflyer0300Pending Quotes
6andrews_texas0200Pending Quotes
7andyaz0250Pending Quotes
8b0nafide050Pending Quotes
9Bhoff0100Pending Quotes
10Buckeyelights0100Pending Quotes
11camguy520250Pending Quotes
12Cdanna770100Pending Quotes
13cody33rd0100Pending Quotes
14CW0160Pending Quotes
15DearJoel050Pending Quotes
16dennismccreery10102Pending Quotes
17drbenj10200Pending Quotes
18epnicass3150Pending Quotes
19ERicJ0100Pending Quotes
20FIRECOP2520100Pending Quotes
21fyb20000200Pending Quotes
22goofytruax0200Pending Quotes
23iamthegeek0200Pending Quotes
24jboogie7140300Pending Quotes
25jchancel070Pending Quotes
26jhoybs050Pending Quotes
27JimWright0300Pending Quotes
28Ken0500Pending Quotes
29kevinp0100Pending Quotes
30khengyu0500Pending Quotes
31knightrohulk0200Pending Quotes
32K-State Fan0120Pending Quotes
33larryk50200Pending Quotes
34lrhorer8400Pending Quotes
35lwillisjr0100Pending Quotes
36madams1370100Pending Quotes
37mararunr0100Pending Quotes
38MattBrown0200Pending Quotes
39Michael0120Pending Quotes
40mklabunde5300Pending Quotes
41mlbarber210400Pending Quotes
42mndless0300Pending Quotes
43nmiller01130100Pending Quotes
44PeteyHall0150Pending Quotes
45PIC1080Pending Quotes
46rcmp29171000Pending Quotes
47ReelPaws0150Pending Quotes
48shane12340150Pending Quotes
49Steve Gase2000Pending Quotes
50tractormike2110100Pending Quotes
51Unibits0120Pending Quotes
52WarDawg050Pending Quotes
53Wichita0100Pending Quotes
Totals808622
Goals175800N/A
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Re: Pending ** 2017 Micro Hardware Co-Op - uSC, uAmp, Afterburner and ???
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2017, 04:08:22 PM »
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Re: Pending ** 2017 Micro Hardware Co-Op - uSC, uAmp, Afterburner and ???
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Re: Pending ** 2017 Micro Hardware Co-Op - uSC, uAmp, Afterburner and ???
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2017, 02:32:12 PM »
Will be waiting

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Re: Pending ** 2017 Micro Hardware Co-Op - uSC, uAmp, Afterburner and ???
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2017, 07:57:53 AM »
Any update?  I'm impatiently waiting :)

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Re: Pending ** 2017 Micro Hardware Co-Op - uSC, uAmp, Afterburner and ???
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2017, 06:36:55 PM »
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I've added a bit of update along with the pending new board intro:

http://falconchristmas.com/forum/index.php/topic,7257.msg70064.html#msg70064

Hoping to kick everything off soon.


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I'm still learning, I think I need in.  I have a few runs to get over 100' to the start of my lights. 


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I'm still learning, I think I need in.  I have a few runs to get over 100' to the start of my lights. 


Lew

100 feet to the lights - you could use multiple uAmps or just use the Differential boards that go with the F16v2, F16v3 or the very new F4v3. The differential method goes LONG distances to first pixel.

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Any word on the micro amp co-op.

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Re: Pending ** 2017 Micro Hardware Co-Op - uSC, uAmp, Afterburner and ???
« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2017, 01:37:43 PM »
I am interested on ordering 15-20 Amp for my Christmas 2017 display. Has the ordering began or it is too late?

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Re: Pending ** 2017 Micro Hardware Co-Op - uSC, uAmp, Afterburner and ???
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2017, 01:41:43 PM »
Still nothing as far as I've seen. I'm waiting on the announcement to begin as well.


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