PC Engines apu lead times|
||Well, that was their
advertising tag line in the 1970s. Times change.
Due to an extended shortage for the NICs used on our boards, we will not be able
to make regular deliveries in the next few months. The lead time for new NIC
orders is quoted around 52 weeks.
||Major foundries like TSMC are running at 100% capacity, leading to escalating lead
times. The pandemic has disrupted global logistics, which further slows down
everything. This affects the whole industry, not just Intel.
For example, Qualcomm
does not take new orders for the chipset used on wle600vx / wle900vx at this time.
||The market price for 256Mx8 DRAM is currently about the same as for 512Mx8 DRAM.
This makes the 2GB configurations rather pointless. Depending on availability
and price, we will change to a 4GB non-ECC configuration. 512Mx8 DRAM prices seem
to have stabilized at about twice last year's price - OEMs will only buy so much
DRAM when they are hamstrung by chip shortages.
|Change to different NICs ?
||I will certainly look at alternatives like Intel i225, or Realtek 1G or 2.5G NICs -
but this will take months for design, prototyping, testing, EMI certification and
component lead time.
|Grey market for the NICs ?
||There is some limited availability. i211at are expensive, i210at (used on
apu2e4) are extremely expensive. To focus supply on the customers that
really need the boards, we will pass on the added cost 1:1.
||2 x i211at. DRAM cost will also add to the old price.
||3 x i211at. DRAM cost will also add to the old price.
||3 x i210at, or 3 x i211at (downgrade version, identify as apu2e5).
Difference between the NICs: i210at supports 4 receive queues, i211at only 2.
This may make a slight difference on performance at heavy packet loads.
||3 x i211at.
||4 x i211at.
|I already paid ?
||We will refund your payment. We don't want to sit on your money.
|What about my back order ?
||Please contact us for these options:
- Cancel the order.
- Wait for sunnier days. It could be a long wait.
- Get i211at from the grey market.
- apu2e4 - Get i210at from the grey market (seriously expensive), or downgrade
to i211at (just expensive).
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