DcTvsTaisenLink wrote:Just sent the mail to pre-order!
mellott124 wrote:I just sent out the payment for the small internal PCB for the DC link cable. I should have those boards back in ~2-4 weeks. Probably 1-2 weeks to build. So expect cables in about 4 to 6 weeks. Probably closer to the 4 week mark. I'll keep preorder customers updated on status. Thanks!
I just did another cable for the VB as well. An extension cable for the controller. And I'm working on a new connector for the Wonderswan, which surprised me to also turn out to be the link cable port.
mellott124 wrote:|darc| wrote:Hi there,
At the moment, a friend of mine is currently in talks with a Chinese manufacturer to get these connectors made. We expected to have a quote months ago, but coronavirus interfered with those plans.
However, we planned to do a group buy where other people could purchase connectors. I don't know if you are aware or not but there are many more uses for these connectors than just the link cable so I fear you are missing out on a tremendous opportunity to not make your connectors available for purchase by themselves if you are looking to reduce cost by increasing volume.
At the moment the cheapest PC-DC development link is less than $5 in parts to solder a serial-USB interface but we really need a plug-and-play connector for this so we have a better off-the-shelf option for development than the ~$150 broadband adapter.
In addition, the Dreamcast and Arduino basically speak the same serial language so I imagine some homebrew developers would love to get connectors available so they can interface any kind of Arduino accessory to the Dreamcast.
We can also make better quality SD card adapters, MIDI cables, Neo Geo cables, etc.
If that works out that would be great for the Dreamcast community. I’m guessing that you’d need to have 100,000 or more made to get them to bite. For the cost of what people will want to pay for a connector only, it doesn’t make sense for my solution. It would make sense for a machine manufactured solution.
For now I’ll continue with the carbon fiber printed cable because, more times than not, these things don’t pan out like people hope. If it does work out then I won’t have to hand build cables and I’m OK with stopping at that point.
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