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The Future of Rtek / Digital Tuning

It is with mixed feelings that I announce that, in the coming months, I will be discontinuing the Rtek line as well as the whole digital tuning company.

I started out in 2001 selling Palm software for DSMs. A few years later I teamed up with a fellow forum user Henrik to bring RX7 folks the Rtek. Over those years we sold more Rteks than I ever expected and I want to thank all our customers for that. I believe it did a good job at filling the gap between third part add-ons like the AFC and a full standalone. But just as with the DSM products, there comes a time where the effort to keep the products available outweighs (and outcosts) the demand. For many years the demand for the Rtek line has been dropping. Income from digital tuning has long been too low to be the only thing I do. Between 2009 and 2013 I had been doing consulting in the hybrid/electric vehicle field. For over 3 years now, I've been working full time as a COO and I'm unable to give the occasional order I get the attention it should get which results in a bad customer experience. And truthfully, just knowing I need to be on top of orders and accounting and paying bills and filing reports with the corporate commission, all for very little in return, just uses mental energy I'd rather put elsewhere. So I have come to the decision that 16 years is enough, and it's time to wind it all the way down.

So here is the closure plan..
We have been out of S5 T2 Stage 2 boards for quite some time. I have about 10 S4 T2 stage 2 boards left. Once they are gone, they are gone. I will not be reordering more boards due to the investment needed.

We will continue to sell the stage 1 for as long as we have stage 2s.

I suspect it will be mid to late summer before we truly stop selling.

As for support, I will leave the website up, though this forum is probably more informative than the website.

Email will remain active, and I will try my best to support our current customers as long as I can, even after the closure. Though it will be on "as I have time" basis.

If anyone is interested in purchasing the Rtek assets / IP to keep the product alive (or do whatever you want with it), email me with questions or an offer: sales at digitaltuning. com

Thank you again to all our customers that made it possible to bring the Rtek to the masses, and thank you to the RX7Club board for giving us our own subforum (and not taking it away after IB bought it out)!

Mike Montalvo
digital tuning, inc.
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