That’s right. I am trying to negotiate on a few things with a local manufacturer in order to get an enclosure for USBhost-64 manufactured. Most of the measurements need to be verified and agreed, but the key thing is that larger volumes mean lower prices, and I’ve got a provisional estimate of about 12 GBP per case for a batch of 100 cases.
In order to cover the costs of PCB manufacturing, connectors, screws, electronic components, and assembly of the lot we would be looking at a final price of 45 GBP plus shipping if I get 100 units produced. The serial version of USBhost-64 would be slightly cheaper at 42 GBP plus shipping.
Now here’s the deal: if there are 100-ish people who commit to buy a serial or parallel version of USBhost-64 before production, I am willing to not only let them have one of these little devices together with the handling driver + software for disk and cartridge, but I’d actually release the software as a group of open-source projects and provide a detailed API documentation for ASM programmers.
If you are interested in a USBhost-64 or you know about somebody who would, feel free to drop me an email. I will try to spread the message around in the next few days when I get a chance. Feel free to do so where appropriate!
Last but not least, if the company providing enclosures can make a good job, I would be looking at mass producing DC2N2, DC2N3 and DC2N4 too 🙂