Since I started on version 3 of the Mitochondrion, they’ve released a new version of the driver chip that I’m using for the outputs. I could fit 126 of them on the same bus, instead of the current maximum of eight. This would give me sixteen over a hundred times the bandwidth and sixteen times the total energy output. And the new model does a bunch of other funky stuff as well, making the software easier.

Okay, drawbacks being that the batteries would die sixteen times faster and there’s no physical room for the extra outputs. The pins on the new chip are 0.6 mm apart, not 1.2 mm, so I couldn’t actually solder it with my current setup, and I’d need to use a multi-level circuit board to fit the wiring in. The whole thing might melt at that power density and the psychological effects could render it unuseable. It’s borderline-incapacitating as it is.

Damn you, white heat of the technological revolution! Slow down, ffs!

(Actually don’t, just deliver to me a faster prototyping/manufacturing setup, for minimal cost. Cheers. Then I can add the Mitochondrion, Mark 4, onto the List.)

Hmm… quadrupling the power output looks feasible… and I think using a daughter board I could fit the third sensory input into the main bay… oh dear, can you hear my divorce impending?

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    1. Well, I’ve got the circuit drawing tool, autorouter, circuit modelling software and PCB mask printer already. PCB blanks can be contracted out, so I just need the pick and place, and the solder oven, and we’re up for it.

      And by up for it, I mean I have a bunch of freeish tools that can do hobbyist-level stuff and don’t talk nicely to each other, when really I need the entry-level pro tools and a coherent dev environment. But hey, it’s pretty good for nearly free. And a million miles from what was out there ten, even five years ago.

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