I mentioned this in my last post but wanted to expand on it and let you all know what's happening with the V25.
The V25 will be released this week on April 1st as scheduled but will not begin shipping for another 2 weeks. I will extend the pre-order discount out through this period.
The reason for the delay is this past week I made a design change to the V25 that requires new printed circuit boards be made. That's going to take 7-10 days to turn around with our fabricator and then a few more days to build some boards and start shipping. Hence the April 15 ship date.
That's the bad news, now here's the good news.
The new V25 will now have an upgrade path to a much more user friendly and sophisticated OLED (organic light emitting diode) display panel. The OLED panel has 2 lines of 16 alphanumeric characters which will make control and menu navigation simpler and more intuitive, enable improvements to current features, and make it possible to add new features in the future that would otherwise not be practical. In order to make this possible I had to make some minor changes to the circuit board; hence the delay in shipping.
(This display window itself is 3.75" wide by 1" tall.
A slightly smaller model is also available that has a 2.5" x 0.8" tall window.
We use an adapter board to be plug compatible with the V25 )
When the V25 does ship it will work with our existing dual 2-digit 7-segment type display modules. That will not change. However, some additional software work needs to be completed for the OLED display upgrade. This will take a few more weeks and when ready we will roll out a simple firmware update that will then allow your V25 to work with the optional OLED display as well as continue to work with the existing dual display modules. Changing displays will be plug-n-play except you'll need to change a jumper on the V25 board. Either display type plugs into the same 10 pin header.
Nobody likes delays but I thought this one was worth making now since it required only minor changes to the hardware that I'd rather make now and not change the hardware a few weeks later leaving customers with incompatible boards.
Oh, and the V25 board sounds fantastic!! I do believe it beats the existing V21 board sonically. The central reason for this is the way quieter power supply design on the V25 board which has 2 stage voltage regulation for the control signals to the LDRs.