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Max The Magnificent
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re: Microchip's Nixie Tubes light up DESIGN East
Max The Magnificent   9/14/2012 6:13:50 PM
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PS For others just coming in, my article originally said $5 a board for the prototype (unpopulated) PCBs -- I made a mistake -- it should be $25 -- and I just made that change in the article -- so UncleRemus wasn't imagining things (grin)

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re: Microchip's Nixie Tubes light up DESIGN East
Max The Magnificent   9/14/2012 6:11:19 PM
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@UncleRemus: Sorry -- this was my bad -- I was interviewing John over the phone -- he said "$25" but I heard "$5" and that's what I wrote down. I just touched base with John again, he says that the price was $25 each for a 1.5" x 4", quantity = 4, and a 2-week turnaround time. But still and all, I think $25 for a hobbyist prototype board of this level of sophistication is a REALLY good deal. I don;t want to think what I've ended up paying other board vendors in the past...

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re: Microchip's Nixie Tubes light up DESIGN East
UncleRemus   9/14/2012 4:48:25 PM
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Maybe they got the "mention us in EEtimes" discount for those $5.00 circuitboards.

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re: Microchip's Nixie Tubes light up DESIGN East
UncleRemus   9/14/2012 4:42:30 PM
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$5.00 for a circuitboard from ValueProto? I don't think so. This must be wrong, I punch in a 2"x2" board and they quote 37 dollars.

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