I feel the need to post my Out Of Box Experience with this unit (as supplied by CB)
It's not intended to be particularly attacking anyone, but i think its important to summarize the current status.
Quality of hardware.
-Upon reception, the (lack of) quality of the production was apparent. The PCB soldering was awful, dry joints and blobs of solder, broken pads & tracks in 3 places.
-The USB board is not securely fixed (poor for automotive env).
-The Venice board was mounted at an angle putting stress on the connector.
I had to resolder virtually all of the joints, and found a break in the 3.3v that had been missed. This unit would not have worked OOTB, and therefore cannot have been tested before shipping.
-Immediately I plugged the unit into my CPC it crashed the USB (lost all other USB devices), I tried it on my Desktop and it was recognised.
I found the info regarding the port power and flashed it. But it still crashes the CPC USB if plugged in. The only way to make it work is to have it connected before powering up the CPC.
This problem is due to bad design (as others have pointed out) The overly large capacitors are causing this. It is a violation of the USB spec. Caps of this size are totally unnecessary. The power section can be redesigned with correct layout & smaller caps, it has clearly been designed & layed-out by someone with very little training or experience. Indeed this unit should really be separately powered (not bus-powered). I am going to throw away this motherboard and redesign it with external power & correct layout.
-PC software does not run. It shows an error. Latest info is that 'it will be fixed soon...'
-Centrafuse plugin does not run (for me at least). I get as far as selecting the port (and manually setting it to 115200 as read here) but the plugin appears to do nothing, no buttons show any response, the AM/FM stays showing just that 'DAB/FM'
I therefore have no way to test the unit. I saw reference to a 'test program' by CB, it would be a good idea to post this i think mate.
In short, really not worth what i payed. And not ready to be called a marketable product.
It beats me why centrafuse have endorsed this.
I will expect a flame from the supplier. But others can take this as the objective analysis by a professional electronics engineer with over 25 years experience in the industry.