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eewiz
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Interesting idea
eewiz   7/22/2013 11:16:10 AM
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Awesome idea....It is time somebody came up with something like this. With all this computing power in smartphones, most of the things done by hardware in the T&M instruments can be done by software in smartphones. So why pay huge $$$ to Agilent and others..

The price, 299$ , although much lower than the instruments it replace, seems higher than BOM. so we can similar cheaper devices in future.

There was this company http://www.redfishinstruments.com/products doing similar things.. No news for a long time though

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Great Initiative in T&M Segment
Kinnar   7/22/2013 11:46:56 AM
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Really a very great initiative in the T&M is going very a costly affair for a mid size or small firms, most of the time they remain hand cuffed or ask for rentals of high end equipments, where as they do have enough expertise of modifying or developing T&M provided a Working Template or Option is available. This open source initiative will be surely help those developers. Great work done, and the same to be done ahead.

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Re: Interesting idea
Peter Clarke   7/22/2013 11:47:10 AM
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Yes it does seem like an interesting idea.

It reminds me of when PC add-in cards suddenly created a spate of PC add ons.

It now seems that smartphone, tablet is creating a similar round of activity.

 

"The price, 299$ , although much lower than the instruments it replace, seems higher than BOM. so we can similar cheaper devices in future,:" said eewiz.

Wow you want a lot....Of course it is higher than the BOM. How else can the founders of Red Pitaya make their fortunes.

$299 is described as a promotional price, implying you can expect the price to go up after they have launched the company.

But could industry buy these boards and create added value business around them? Or is it just for hobbyists?

 

 

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Re: Great Initiative in T&M Segment
Peter Clarke   7/22/2013 11:50:57 AM
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@kinnar

It is not entirely clear how far Red Pitaya's open-source commitment goes.

It looks strong in software, still there in FPGA implementation but will the company be happy if I clone the board and sell it $10 cheaper.

They may argue that the cloud-based market in apps and applets wiill maintain their advantage.

 

 

 

 

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Re: Great Initiative in T&M Segment
Kinnar   7/22/2013 12:05:50 PM
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You are on the right point, but this where the open source industry ( yes I would say industry ) is running around, ultimately there will be somewhere a catch. But still these initiatives will be a great source of information and resource for small firms and developers. 

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Sheetal.Pandey   7/22/2013 1:58:42 PM
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Thats a good move. T&M industry needed this from long time.

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mcgrathdylan   7/22/2013 2:47:22 PM
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@Kinnar- what type of a "catch" do you anticipate? I thought that everyone was all for open source initiatives.

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Not Enough?
Tom Murphy   7/22/2013 7:38:01 PM
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In the words of a one-time rock hit "Fifth thou a year will buy a lot of beer," but I'm not sure it's nearly enough to finance this project and properly compensate the creators. 

How much money would you expect to build this? 

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Re: Interesting idea
patrick.mannion   7/22/2013 8:40:53 PM
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Hey eewiz, luckily for Agilent it doesn't try and differentiate in the low end of the market where this is targeted. It subs that out to Rigol. This is great for the handy EE who wants to experiment on the side, but for serious test, lets give open source and companie like Redfish some time:)

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Re: Great Initiative in T&M Segment
goafrit   7/22/2013 9:51:07 PM
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It is always strange that T&M does not get a lot of support or recognition in schools and in companies despite testing taking most of chip development costs. Hope we can innovate in that process in the open space.

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