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Thread: NEW Amiga DB23 Female videos connectors will soon be available!

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    Default NEW Amiga DB23 Female videos connectors will soon be available!

    Let us introduce ourselves. We are Francis Gradel from Retronic Design and Jeff Birt from Soigeneris. For months we have been working on getting Amiga DB23 Female video connectors reproduced. We started working separately on this project, but then through a twist of fate we joined forces to bring this much needed connector back to the Amiga community.

    This has been an arduous process. We contacted and interviewed many manufacturers. We also did destructive tear downs on many different connectors to find a manufacturer who could build high quality connectors at a reasonable price. With a specialty connector like this the tooling is a significant investment so we wanted to get it right.

    The next step in the process is for the custom tooling to be produced and the first DB23F samples to arrive for evaluation. After the new connectors pass quality control tests, we’ll have the full production started. Allowing time for the tooling to be tweaked to get the connectors just right we are aiming to have new stock in hand as early as the end of August but no later than the end of 2020.

    We will soon be accepting pre-orders with a promised shipment date no later than December ## 2020. The pre-orders are offered with special pricing and has Francis set up a dedicated webpage to handle this process. The bottom of the pre-order page has a bit more about our story. We will update the webpage, forums, etc. with the project progress.

    https://www.retronicdesign.com/en/db...tor-pre-order/

    Future projects: After getting the production of DB23F connectors taken care of we are looking at potentially having plastic hoods made to fit the connectors.

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    Thanks for the investment. I know the tooling can't be cheap. And the community will certainly appreciate it!

    To bad I'm after the opposite - D-23F and D-23M with RA PTH tails for PCB mounting.
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    A few people have asked about the RA connectors and the straight male connectors. There are a few shared parts between some types but each connector requires some unique tooling which is expensive to have made. If there is enough demand for it later on we may look into it.

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    The excitement of Amiga fans seems to have overloaded Francis' website. The problem is being sorted out now.

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    EDIT: It is now back up...

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    This is amazing / fantastic / wonderful news! I'm curious: is anyone here already planning to use these to make new cables? I'm going to order a couple connectors 'just in case,' but if anyone is planning to create new monitor cables, I'd totally order a couple - my "DIY cable creation" skills are minimal

    Huxley

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    I have heard from companies that make cables but I'm not sure what sort of cables they would plan on making, i.e. connector type on monitor ned.

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    I was excited... then I realised these are just the ones for cables, to which many db23 connectors+hoods are on ebay, and are not for soldering to pcb.. ohwell. Im going to have to buy a couple from Jens at Individual Computers for my pcb's

    I hope you sell through your inventory. I remember reading someone who bought like 10,000 and well... its not a often sought after piece. (DB19, bigmessowires).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BloodyCactus View Post
    I was excited... then I realised these are just the ones for cables, to which many db23 connectors+hoods are on ebay, and are not for soldering to pcb.. ohwell. Im going to have to buy a couple from Jens at Individual Computers for my pcb's

    I hope you sell through your inventory. I remember reading someone who bought like 10,000 and well... its not a often sought after piece. (DB19, bigmessowires).
    That is the problem the tooling cost is high as is the minimum number of connectors that you have to buy at one time. If there was a demand for hundreds of thousands of them it would not be a big deal.

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    Cool project, thanks for undertaking it!

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