I'm in agreement with that, I don't need all of my regulator boards to fit inside a 12 mm module. I also would like to see a modulated driver too, lots of ideas of things I want, but to have some of them, probably would need to design them myself, not enough market for us to get them made cheap like these.
Well, for me right now, these need to fit inside a module and they work fine for these Sharp single mode laser diodes. They are the perfect answer to what are we gonna use besides nano boost drivers now that we can't get them any longer.
Fulfilling everyone's need is difficult,
Some require a very small board with high output,
Some emphasizes on the ability to externally control the output (like TTL/PWM/Analog modulation)
Some want all above with cheap price.
while the raw material (IC, resistor, potentiometer, capacitor) is relatively cheap
but PCB, assembly, and import + shipping cost is very expensive relative to individual board
for example, importing a $10 components from Digikey cost me a total of about $100 until it got in my hand
about $90 goes to the shipping and import tax.
also, the "2oz" PCB and it's shipping+tax could be about $60.
Unfeasible for non bulk production i think.
The upcoming driver, SuperDrive V, buck up to 5.5A can be modulated by PWM/TTL
The max input voltage would be 18V
And, the output voltage, it's to be confirmed. At least it will be able to output up to 8V depending on the current output. 8V comes from web's spec. While datasheet didn't say anything about max Vout.
Best case scenario would be the Vout will be able to go up about 75% of Vin.
Might be time to make some more as these may not be around for long. I don't have a need for any right now, so I will be waiting. Someone is either planning on a lot of builds or to resell these at a profit.