Dear Eve Family,
In this update, we will go through the latest Spectrum developments as well as provide an update to our shipping timeline.
We will postpone Spectrum shipping for 4K and 240Hz models from Late December 2020 to February 26th 2021. Though Spectrum is currently mostly functional, and the first iteration of mass production tooling has already been developed, there are still bugs, imperfections in design & manufacturing tolerances, as well as compatibility issues that we need to fix. We strongly believe that we shouldn’t ship Spectrum until it is ready.
We are building an exceptional monitor for content creation, consumption, and competitive play. Based on your feedback, we’ve pushed our partners and suppliers to deliver only the best, including community-requested features such as power delivery over USB-C, HDMI 2.1, integer-ratio upscaling, and precise overdrive gain adjustment. Promising these features is one thing. But to deliver, we need more time to test, improve, and refine.
Some of you may have already built a new battle-station around an RTX 3000-series GPU or ordered your next-gen console. When we ship Spectrum, it will work perfectly with all of these devices, and you will enjoy it for many years to come. But don’t take our word for it: In the coming weeks, we will send out DVT samples to some of your favorite media. We are very aware that waiting to complete your new setup is a big ask, but we are also confident that Spectrum will be worth the wait!
We are happy to announce that the first iteration of Spectrum’s mass-production tooling is now ready. Our project manager @Kira just got her hands on the latest Spectrum enclosures as they come out of their molds. Let’s take a look:
Transparent back frame, black back frame, and black mid-frame
Spectrum’s enclosure is made of high-grade plastic, and we use injection molding to manufacture its various parts. The raw material acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) enters the process as wet plastic resin pellets. These are dried to the right moisture level, then heated and melted into a liquid resin. All of this takes precisely controlled timing, temperature, and pressure. The liquefied plastic is injected into the molding machine, where it gets cooled and solidifies in the desired shape. When the molding machine opens, a new Spectrum part is ready for our engineers to take out, and the process begins anew.
Black ABS resin pellets, the temperature monitor, and a finished part being removed from the mold
During the DVT stage, each molded part is carefully inspected to make sure they fit together nicely. The first batch is made of transparent plastic, which also allows a visual inspection of the inside. We check tolerances such as material uniformity, edges, and unwanted fiber and warping. Then, we snap them onto an existing Spectrum sample to see if they align correctly and if any machine interference exists. In between molds, we adjust the tooling’s alignment on the machine and the machine’s injection speed and pressure to obtain optimal results.
Eliminating tolerance and alignment issues. The transparent back panel shows clips added to the black middle frame to help manage the cables inside Spectrum
After enough black ABS parts are molded, measurements are taken using a slide caliper. The parts are classified and assembled to test assembly tolerances. We also check how different volumes of raw material affect shrinkage. Once assembly tolerances are met, we mark out areas that require improvements and back each of them up with a solution to implement in the next round of tooling.
assembly tolerance test and measurements
Our firmware engineers are re-designing the OSD software, as some of our requests deviate from the default structure the chip manufacturer provides. The goal is to implement all the features you asked for in a menu that is as convenient and intuitive as possible. We should soon have the first version that can run on Spectrum, and can’t wait to show you guys and hear your feedback!
We have now placed monthly rolling orders for the longest lead time components, such as the HDMI 2.1 scaler, controller IC, and display panel. Some of these parts can take months to arrive, so it’s important to order them early!
As usual, we’ll keep you up to date with the development process, and we should soon have more to show!