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Intel has quietly changed the EOL date for the i211at NIC from 2029 to 2022.
The more expensive i210at NIC remains in production (but is on allocation through
end of 2023).
As I don't expect supply to normalize any time soon, prices have been adjusted to the current reality of NICs sourced from the expensive grey market. Our margins are too slim to just absorb the added cost.
For customers with existing back orders: We will contact you with estimated pricing. Back orders will be CANCELLED unless we hear back from you !
|Update 8/4/2021||Initial version|
|intel delivers||Well, that was their advertising tag line in the 1970s. Times change. Due to an extended shortage for the NICs used on our boards, we will not be able to make regular deliveries in the next few months. The lead time for new NIC orders is quoted around 52 weeks.|
|Chip shortages||Major foundries like TSMC are running at 100% capacity, leading to escalating lead times. The pandemic has disrupted global logistics, which further slows down everything. This affects the whole industry, not just Intel. For example, Qualcomm does not take new orders for the chipset used on wle600vx / wle900vx at this time.|
|DRAM||The market price for 256Mx8 DRAM is currently about the same as for 512Mx8 DRAM. This makes the 2GB configurations rather pointless. Depending on availability and price, we will change to a 4GB non-ECC configuration. 512Mx8 DRAM prices seem to have stabilized at about twice last year's price - OEMs will only buy so much DRAM when they are hamstrung by chip shortages.|
|Change to different NICs ?||I will certainly look at alternatives like Intel i225, or Realtek 1G or 2.5G NICs - but this will take months for design, prototyping, testing, EMI certification and component lead time.|
|Grey market for the NICs ?||There is some limited availability. i211at are expensive, i210at (used on apu2e4) are extremely expensive. To focus supply on the customers that really need the boards, we will pass on the added cost 1:1.|
|apu2e0||2 x i211at. DRAM cost will also add to the old price.|
|apu2e2||3 x i211at. DRAM cost will also add to the old price.|
|apu2e4||3 x i210at, or 3 x i211at (downgrade version, identify as apu2e5). Difference between the NICs: i210at supports 4 receive queues, i211at only 2. This may make a slight difference on performance at heavy packet loads.|
|apu3||3 x i211at.|
|apu4||4 x i211at.|
|I already paid ?||We will refund your payment. We don't want to sit on your money.|
|What about my back order ?||Please contact us for these options:
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