On my way to the factory to get production under way
I wanted to write a quick update from the airport letting you all know I am on my way to the factory to get production started.
This is later than we expected on the last update, but our last batch of samples had some anomalies we needed to track down. We had a few samples that exhibited some unexpected power behavior. The issue centered around this voltage regulator:
After some head scratching, we found it was not the problem of the design, nor the chip. It was a problem with the connections on the prototype PCBs. These were made quickly and not to the same specs as the mass produced one, so we aren't worried about production, but we are going to check each board thoroughly in QC just in case.
Now that we've got that ironed out, all samples are working as expected. Very exciting!
I'll be there all this week as we get production going on several hundred units. Chinese New Year is preventing us from getting full production started for about a month, but even with Chinese New Year taking up a large chunk of February, we expect to have production complete by early March.
I'll send some photos from the factory in the next week. Thanks again for your patience and support.
The Noke Team