Hello and welcome to the Arduboy FX Status Update thread!
If you are visiting this post because you have purchased an Arduboy FX and are looking for status updates to when your order will be ready and ship you are in the right place! Thank you for your order and your patience!
The Arduboy FX has been produced on backorder as the global chip shortage has made production times very long and demand for the product is high. Pre-orders are a highly requested option so it has been made available, but there are no garuantees about the delivery time of the product.
If you require the Arduboy FX to be shipped by a specific date, we suggest waiting until the product is in stock to make your order. Take note however, that the last batch of in-stock Arduboy FX sold out in less than a month.
While making people wait months for the product is not the desired situation, it gives you the best chance of getting your hands on the new product. Furthermore it also helps keep the business going and able to support the product and (eventually) release new products. So thanks again for your support of Arduboy!
Status updates will be made to this thread, and you are welcome to make comments and general questions about the process. Hundreds of people are waiting with you, so your patience is appreciated.
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Good news everybody!
TLDR; Found some chips but still need to find more, April or May hopefully!
I’ve been working with the manufacturer Seeed Studio to get the other batch of Arduboy FX produced. The chip shortage has made it difficult but have just made recent success securing the necessary ATmega 32u4 processor that the Arduboy uses. Hopefully I can share some details of how I was able to pull this off, I think I need to wait until the order is completed to let you know but it’s a fun story.
Unfortunately there are several more components now that are on a 3-4 month lead time that are holding things up. We will start procurement and production of the plastic and metal parts but we will be waiting on these final components.
Since they are small parts (I’ll list them later if I’m still having an issue finding them) they can likely be substituted for alternatives that are in stock. The process of doing so requires reading data sheets for many of the possible alternatives and evaluating the cost and availability of each of them.
There is some work ahead but this is all good news. Worst case scenario it seems that production will start around March or April to ship in May. So will be revising the pre-order page as well, hopefully people understand that is purely an estimate based on the information that I have at the time.
If you need to cancel your order for a refund please use Contact — Arduboy and let me know your order number and I can process that for you. Please also keep in mind that I’m very often overloaded with customer support requests as well as (also trying to have a life occasionally) that I’m sometimes a week or two behind on getting caught up.
Full disclosure: Sometimes it takes a month or two to get back to you and I’m very sorry about this. I don’t like it, trying to get better at breaking out time for customer service to at least respond to people… but real talk, you probably know this, when you’ve got several hundred emails in your inbox it’s very difficult to know where start. I haven’t forgot about you or trying to scam you, I’ve been doing this for over 5 years the community will back me up on that. But sometimes it does take longer than anyone wants to respond.
If you feel like you haven’t had a response you’re always welcome to email again as a reminder. If it’s urgent like a cancelation or address change I’m always trying to prioritize that.
Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated! I’m extremely grateful for all of your support! Thanks again!
Oh and Mod chip is fairing a little bit better, don’t have an exact ETA on that, but March should still be OK for that one.
Seeed Studio told me they expect to start production in the beginning of April and finish by the end of the month. Looks like we are on track for shipping in May!
I’m considering having Seeed drop ship the international pre-orders, I think this will save time and possibly even money.
I’ll be sending an email out next week once I check out a few more details. Thanks everyone!
I hope the new covid outbreak in China doesn’t throw a spanner in the works.
Nah don’t think so these are typically pretty short they have happened before. Also the Chinese tend to find a way to get work done.
Personally I think the risk of China backing Russia and then being sanctioned by the majority of the western world is probably more likely to cause major issues. In both directions.
Right! that’s hanging over our heads too!
Factory wants an extra 22 chips for safety stock and I’m having to pay $10/ea market price to get them.
I could order them here, them ship them, pay taxes but then 2 weeks later (or more) it might almost be the same cost.
That’s an odd number. I wonder if they just want the extra money to cover increased costs.
With all the inflation and price increaments lately. Maybe time for you to add a few bucks to the Remaining Arduboy preorder batch too?
The shipment of 32u4 that was sent to them was short a few pcs and also they wanted a few more for safety stock when stuff falls off the production line or whatever.
I’m looking at doing another batch of the FX, since the current one is almost sold out. But it looks like an opportunity to do a “special” or “final” edition of the Arduboy.
Thinking that we run the game jam with huge prize when the current batch ships, once the game jam is over hopefully we’ve got a brand new set of games that take advantage of the FX chip then can put those on the new cart and put it on Kickstarter. And bring the fabled pink Arduboy to life!
Hot Pink? Heck YEEESSS!
… Also ‘After Dark’ would look so good!!
(I just fell into the rabbit hole of full colour silk screen PCBs…  )
Yeah Hot pink with a contrasting color for the buttons and the back. Probably a stretch goal for a purple one also.
We already did black and gold colorway with the Arduventure special edition.
I’ve tried so hard to get rgb pcb several times but it’s just not worth the trouble. Basically, one could do it but it would upset everyone in the process and they would likely do a bad job so they wouldn’t have to continue to do it.
I would far rather have the purple than the pink. (I loathe pink with a passion.)
I’m imagening a pink one with white buttons and a purple one with (special edition) gold buttons now
Hello the mod chip has had to be discontinued due to the attiny85 being not available!
Current orders will be fulfilled but I don’t see it coming back. Potentially can redesign to use a different chip but not much hope there.
The Arduboy seems ok 32u4 seems alright to find and the flash chip is ok too, and actually prices have gone down for that.