Thanks to all that are showing interest in this. I'm looking into PCB and part pricing at a couple of places now and seeing where that is all going to land, as long as no one is in any kind of hurry here?
Right now the blank board (only C1 and Y1 are installed) is looking to be around $12.50 US or $15 International each, and that includes shipping also.
Making up a full board has a few ways that could go, but it's basically the cost of the blank board, plus the cost of the controller, plus the cost of labor. That's going to vary based on what a controller could be picked up for at the time, or if one was sent to be used. Then how much of the part swapping really needed to be done here. Someone might be comfortable with swapping over the Caps, Resistors and other smaller parts, but not want to touch the MCU.
Benni wrote:What is it good for?
That really depends on who it using it.
It's mostly an alternative to hacking down the actual controller PCB to make it smaller for a portable build. Where in most cases then the wiring has to be done on the MCU leads or some exposed traces, whereas this board has small pads for all of that soldering to be done.
It could also be stuffed into some other controller shell so you had an actual GC controller that was really some other controller without using some adapter, if it even existed. I've done that with the 360 and PS3 controllers, where a lot of PCB cutting and wiring up to small traces and vias has to be done.
It's more difficult to swap over the parts from the existing controller board to this board, or more expensive to have done, versus just taking a Dremel to the thing and cutting it up to make it smaller, but the end result is overall smaller, the complete controller and then easier to work with.
Screwing up is one of the best learning tools, so long as the only thing you're not learning is how to screw up.