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chipKIT PGM Manufacturing Error

Created Wed, 12 Dec 2012 18:31:19 +0000 by GeneApperson


Wed, 12 Dec 2012 18:31:19 +0000

We have identified that there was a manufacturing error with the chipKIT PGM. There was a mistake made in following our engineering change control process and a required component value change didn't get implemented. R12 and R13 are supposed to be 330 ohm resistors but 100 ohm resistors were loaded instead. The result will be erratic operation of the module. They work well enough to pass our manufacturing test, but don't actually work reliably.

We have halted shipments of the current production modules. We will replace, at no charge, any chipKIT PGM sold to date. Contact Digilent customer support to obtain an RMA number and we will send you a new one. We anticipate having corrected modules available for shipment around the first of January.

Anyone who wants to can try replacing R12 and R13 with 0402 size, 330 ohm, 5% resistors themselves. If you do that, we won't void your warranty and will still replace your module when we receive the corrected ones, if you so desire. However, I would not recommend attempting this unless you are moderatly skilled at surface mount rework. :)

I apologize for any inconveniece that this has caused.

Gene Apperson Digilent