XMOS XC-1A - Where to buy?

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XMOS XC-1A - Where to buy?

Postby LavaChild » Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:51 pm

Hi,

XMOS looks like a great platform and I'd like to have a play. Specifically I'm interested in the XC-1A Development Kit.

Can anybody advise from where they purchased in the UK? (Other than the listed distributors on xmos.com).

Thanks.
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Postby Corin » Thu Jan 27, 2011 4:01 pm

Hi LavaChild,

For the UK - Digi-Key is the best distrubtor to get an XC-1A from. Shipping is free as it's over their minimum order threshold.

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Postby leon_heller » Thu Jan 27, 2011 4:05 pm

You'll have to pay duty and VAT (about 30%). You should get it in a couple of days.
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Postby LavaChild » Thu Jan 27, 2011 4:16 pm

Is there no place I can buy from that will avoid the import duty? For example, a UK distributor?
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Postby leon_heller » Thu Jan 27, 2011 4:59 pm

No. Any UK distributor would have to pay duty and VAT, anyway, and pass it on to you. They are actually made in China like everything else.
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Postby LavaChild » Thu Jan 27, 2011 5:07 pm

That's a shame :( With so many options for embedded processors these days, having to do the importing personally can really put the individual off. I'd love to have a play with the XMOS but it's a shame it is not as simple as it could be. I'm not moaning directly, as I can understand the logic but for the hobbyist I think it can be really off-putting, especially with so many alternatives. (Even though, admittedly, the XMOS looks a little bit special compared to everything else, hence my desire to get a development kit and get playing).

For companies I guess it makes no difference (or may even be more convenient) but for myself, I prefer to see a price on a site, order it and a few days later receive the device (no extra payment required) and the whole process is complete.

I guess there is not a second-hand market, either? That could be an alternative to ordering from a non-UK distributor.

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