Syntakt PCB

chip shortage? Maybe not everywhere.

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Woah this is a dense circuit board.

“Electron drainage. Please empty when full”
Ha!

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is it me or it’s a very dense board? and big compared with the digitone hehe…
now the digitakt board seems even more minimalistic

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Eli5 pls, what’s going on in there?
1gb +drive?
Which are analog?
What’s the spartan?

I see an SSI2164 in there :slight_smile:

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I smell chips, what are we watching?

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the materials the dreams are made of

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There are much smarter people on this forum than I, hopefully they provide more detail, but here’s what I see:

From the perspective of the phots shared here (back ports on bottom of image):
LEFT SIDE:

  1. Two Freescale Coldfire microprocessors (probably the brains of all the components)
  2. Two Xilinx Spartan FPGAs (for the digital machines?)
  3. Power management
  4. Two Nanya DRAM or NAND (memory)

RIGHT SIDE:

  1. A whoooooole bunch of ICs for the analog voices. (Would need better photos to try to pair them out to match the 3x and 1x of each type)
  2. More power management
  3. TRS Jacks
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CPUs are same model as Digitone’s, as I expected.
It seems I correctly predicted they would leverage the same platform for this one.

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Not a tremendous surprise. Would be a lot of work to rewrite their code for a new chip. They would only do that if they were making a whole new form factor and screen design/size. (What does model:series use?)

They probably bought a big order of these chips years ago and are slowly using them up.

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Really puts into perspective why the ST costs a bit more than the DT and DN. There’s such a lot going on! Come to think of it, Elektron must have put some serious time into stress testing into this. The possibility of overheating alone must be so much higher than previous devices as it’s so small and crammed with components.

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The chassis definitely feels warmer to the touch than other Elektron devices. Not overheating, but I was surprised.

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Same happened to me when I got the Analogs after using the Digits for a long time… surprised they ran so warm

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They aren’t marked like in the Analog Four, but I think maybe the big holes in the board are ventilation. One of the engineers posted that ST runs at 50 degrees C.

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Yea as @asmartkid82 says analogs run hot! Especially filters, in my experience.

I’ve made more than a few jokes about why they named the Analog Heat the way they did :sweat_smile:

Edit: It had been off for 15 minutes!

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Vesa mount clearance?

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Oh true, they’re even marked MNT

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Impressive.

Dual DSP duties? Just like the old days :laughing:

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That’s a lot of capacitors :grinning:

Holy guacamole!

Hey, look at C231 laying down on the job! Chillin’ like a villin’ :smile:

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