updated 10:30 am EST, Wed November 25, 2009
RED Scarlet and EPIC set back by 30 days
RED this week warned that its EPIC-X camera program would be delayed by 30 days due to a problem with its app-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) chips. Company head Jim Jannard explained that it has to perform a new "metal spin," or manufacturing revision, due to an unspecified flaw. It's considered a relatively mild obstacle as a major alteration would have taken substantially longer.
The delay may be enough to push the early-access cameras into early 2010 but also confirms that the company is late into development of the cameras. The EPIC-X sensor should be one of the first comparatively affordable 5K resolution cameras as well as one of the first truly modular designs but, along with the Scarlet, has taken a long time to reach production due to the absence of established technology.
"What we are doing is something that no [one] else is doing," Jannard said.