[Ardour-Dev] Funding: Build and Sell Hardware

Mike Taht mike.taht at gmail.com
Wed Jan 21 04:56:57 PST 2009

On Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 4:45 AM, Paul Davis <paul at linuxaudiosystems.com>wrote:

> On Wed, 2009-01-21 at 10:09 +0700, Patrick Shirkey wrote:
> > Speaking from my experience of manufacturing large quantities of audio
> > and multimedia devices it's not as simple as it's is being laid out
> > above. It generally requires a large up front investment of time and
> > money. We would be looking at a minimum order of $100,000 to get most
> > established manufacturers attention just to talk to us. Most
> > manufacturers in Asia are not really interested unless the contract is
> > worth more than $500,000 and ongoing. For a one off contract they
> > usually expect it to be worth something in the vicinity of $2,000,000
> > before they will start the machines.

The mesh potato and free telephony projects have found an enthusiastic
manufacturer for low volume open hardware in a Chinese company called Atcom.

See, for example:


> the good news is that i already have something in the pipeline. no names
> until i/we are closer to actually having stuff working.
> --p


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Michael David Taht
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