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title:    2016 Week 40
category: news
date:     2016-09-29
author:   hellekin

# BB-xM Unboxing

Hooray!  Joerg received another 3 BeagleBoard xM that will be used as
"virtual SoC" for `proto_v2`.  
Six more are coming to complete the stock of 15 announced in the [last
newsletter](https://neo900.org/news/neo900-update-2016-09-22).

[![BB-xM](/static/misc/20160923_BB-xM.jpg)](http://maemo.cloud-7.de/share-service/20160923_009.jpg)

Meanwhile, schematics final cleanup and footprint validation are
progressing.  
Tip: we're packing as many LEDs as the chip can offer, which means
**programming LED phun** ahead!

## Time Travel

**Updated:** BTW, Joerg received a box with 6 more BB-xM boards.

No, those are [**not these** 6 BB-xM boards][B] that we ordered two
years ago.

Incidentally, the next day we received news from the latter lot [from
Mouser][M], who suffered an obsolescence issue  
with their supplier CircuitCo: apparently [CircuitCo _'forgot'_ they
had discontinued the product][C].

[![Mouser time-travels with CircuitCo](/static/misc/20160930_BB-xM.jpg)](http://wstaw.org/m/2016/09/30/plasma-desktopox2309.png)

**Good timing!**

[B]: https://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?p=1472333&highlight=beagleboard-xm#post1472333
[M]: http://www.mouser.de/ProductDetail/BeagleBoard-by-CircuitCo/BeagleBoard-xM/?qs=yQBzGl4AVf5sFnRYEBrUwg%3d%3d
[C]: http://circuitco.com/index.php/products/59-beagleboard-xm