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Node Boards- Update- Stern tech fixes issue via email

By shacklersrevenge

6 months ago

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#61 6 months ago

If all the node boards were interchangeable I could almost accept the high price - the idea of stocking up on a couple of spare node boards for a quick and easy repair with no down time has got to have a value, especially for an operator/location. And if they were repairable, even better. That would be clever design.

But they’re not interchangeable, they’re not repairable and they’re ridiculously expensive. Stern still argue operators and location pinball are the most important segment of the market. With crap like this you wouldn’t know it.

When you’ve got no competition you don’t need to worry about improving the end user experience- you just try to maximize profit by reducing costs.

#102 6 months ago
Quoted from mbwalker:

Looking at my pictures, and without seeing the backside, I would think this is a multilayer PWB. If it was just two, chances are there would be 0 ohm resistors scattered about to serve as jumpers to bridge across a trace blocking the path. Don't see any.
In my line of work...+10 layers has been about the norm for +3 decades. I even did a RF simulation on a 26 layer PWB once for a co-worker, to ensure the vias maintained a 50 ohm impedance. I've even seen buried parts INSIDE layers due to performance and density requirements.
At some point resistors will just be the resistive material deposited directly on the board. Not even a discrete part.

And what do you think about repairing Spike node boards?

#195 6 months ago
Quoted from schudel5:

They have metal corner brackets in the games now.

That seems to be random at the moment - some with, some without.

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