The team successfully hosted our first-ever community virtual meet-up with a few cordially selected customers and many of our prototype testers. It was a lot of fun! We chilled out in front of Spectrum and had a pleasant conversation about everything around it. We are looking forward to having more chances to have small talks with our passionate customers and community members directly; if an invite lands in your mailbox, don’t hesitate to sign up and join our conversation!
As we are getting ready for mass production, Spectrum’s firmware receives tremendous progress each and every day, even every few hours of the same day. We are prepared to integrate customized Spectrum backlight strobing settings tuned explicitly by the expert – Mark from BlurBusters. Apart from this, we have performed extensive testing to ensure great color out of the box, with the crowd-developed default OSD settings that just work and can be easily tweaked to perfectly fit your use cases. With HDMI 2.1, you can unlock Spectrum’s full potential; for those holding on to get the latest generation graphics card, we have display stream compression (DSC) built-in to the DisplayPort to let older graphics cards take maximum advantage of Spectrum.
Spectrum can now user-update its built-in USB hub firmware to further enhance related stability and performance whenever it’s ready for the latest improvements. It works in harmony with our user-upgradeable scaler firmware to ensure users benefit from future explorations at once.
As planned, we are moving forward; an update on this firmware topic will come in the following week!
Earlier, when we rounded up the project timeline, we brought with it a sneak peek of footage fresh from the printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) factory. Having well-captured each step with my camera, let me guide you onto an exclusive journey inside the factory.
Surface mount technology (SMT) comes first in Spectrum’s PCBA process. It places and secures board components that are small enough to be automated by a machine for maximum throughput and efficiency. Design for manufacturability (DFM) check is the first step to ensure that the correct board parts are used in the right place.
While DFM check is being conducted, PCBs are manually slotted onto containers and slowly inputted to the SMT loop to test and (when necessary) debug the process.
The production line ramps up in speed once the DFM check is completed.
This several meters long reflow soldering oven relies on blowing air for temperature control. It heats the board up to 260°C to melt the solder paste, then gradually cools it down under precise control to permanently bind the mounted parts and PCB into one piece.
After SMT of both sides of the board is completed, manual through-hole component insertion adds larger components onto the PCB.
See it in action
We’ll be back with a packaging print inspection behind the scenes soon. Stay tuned!