You won’t like this but unfortunately I can already tell there will be delays, especially on GDEMU orders. Basically there’s so many that shipping takes a lot more of my free time. So much in fact that I can’t do any assembly on the same day I’m readying the envelopes – which means I’m going to fall behind. Also, very sorry but the one-week-to-pay rule is now very ruthlessly enforced, and I won’t be making any exceptions this time unless you email me first and explain your situation properly. It’s your job to check your email/PayPal to make sure you won’t miss my payment request.
In other news, I got a couple of FPGAs from a different supplier that offered a better price:
Those were supposed to be Cyclone II devices, except as you can see the marking clearly says Cyclone III. Except the chip name is EP2C5. Also, and this is not so obvious unless you take a hi-res photo at a certain angle, the laser-made markings are not very uniform and look like were done in two different steps. The cyclone logo is off too, twice to thick compared to original, although again you can’t tell unless you have the real Cyclone next to it to compare.
So, clearly a counterfeit chip. I do wonder if it’s even actual “chip” or just a piece of plastic – I’m going to experiment a bit on those. Well, so much for sourcing cheaper parts 🙂