Thanks everybody who has chimed in so far. I didn't mention one additional advantage of the external version that it will be able to self-update the ROM, which the internal version can't, but it's in the lead anyway. And producing both external versions is much easier than producing both internal versions.
Derek_Stewart wrote:Another option here is to let someone else perform the construction, marketing and sales of the QL-SD card(s).
My experience with the construction and sales of the Q68, the biggest job by far is the dispatch of the customer, this usually takes me a more time to do than the actual construction.
I will probably seek help in the actual sale part, yes. It's not the most time-consuming step for me but the most annoying.
Chr$ wrote:I went for 2 because I think there are probably re-discoverers that may not be comfortable opening their QL (even if most of them will probably have to do so for the keyboard!). Micro SD seem to be more common to buy nowadays, but it doesn't necessarily need to be 2 of them.
One or two doesn't make much difference in the end. My original design was two full-SD and that turned out too big for my taste. But if single SD is enough then one big slot might be the better option.
Get them made in China. Go for larger volume (within reason) to keep the end-user price down and then watch them fly off the shelves.
I guess I would have to order a few thousand of the internal ones for them to be completely produced in China. The external one is much easier to produce in smaller batches. Regarding the price, do not expect it to be on China gadget level. Many hours go not only in the production but also in the development of this stuff, hundreds. For the external version I do PCB design, CPLD core design and software design, that tends to add up. And halve of the price is tax in the end, we live in Germany after all...
Ruptor wrote:For an internal SD to replace a Microdrive it is better to go for that vDrive thing isn't it?
vDrive is nice but not in the least comparable to QL-SD. vDrive emulates a Microdrive, QL-SD is a hard-disc. Think 100kb versus 100MB.
Not many votes so are QL-SDs worth the bother for you to make?
The numbers aren't bad considering that I haven't publicized the poll at all. Most potential customers are on Facebook and I haven't even posted there yet.
Pr0f wrote:A lot depends on the type of socket used - push instert / push eject are the best
I exclusively use push/push mechanics, always.
I believe the socket has a switch to give 'card present' when inserted.
That isn't used as it's not part of the original hardware, so I had to do it in software anyway. Works perfectly.