Indeed. But it isn't just production costs, I mean they will have to do prototypes and could end up doing several pcb runs + parts + taxes, faulty boards etc etc. That prices has to be taken into account (at least for me it would) in the final sale price.. If they wanted to get their money back at least.
I am used to low volume sales. I said many times my V2.2 booster (6 layers) ended up costing me £1,000 easily in PCB runs and parts just during development. I only just ( I presume) managed to get the money back on few sales there was. So from my point of view, in effect boards do cost a lot to produce in like quantities of 10. Though its likely higher volume sales in Amiga land, so 100+ boards could be done at a lower cost, but that's going to be some huge capital just the same.
I hope "they" can pull it off for the quoted price. I hope that is the price point.. To be clear nobody is against it..Though the skepticism is no apparent real code (yet ?) and still nobody know if its even ST compatible ? In Atari land people make big promises and nothing happens. look at all the vampire hype ongoing for years. AFAIK there is still no Atari vampire. So us Atari people are very skeptical about many projects because its the norm for us. Rinse and repeat year after year.
I think the Atari guys should ask such questions before getting excited over this project. Amiga projects rarely get transferred to Atari land. Plus Atari's are way more temperamental than Amigas (@terriblefire mentioned this many times) so even if they do a Atari port, they will have a lot of headaches. I mean why do you think we all went to the trouble of designing a new motherboard for starters..
I am also skeptical of a Atari version because of low volume sales. I mean AFAIK there are probably 10 TF536's running on Ataris'. I guess 1,000+ TF536 PCB's have sold in Amiga land. Yes I know its the same hardware, but time will have to be spent doing Atari firmware and doing all the debugging etc, but I honestly think nobody will put the effort into it when the Atari market is nowhere near what Amiga stuff is.
So more than happy the project exists, as do others. There are just a lot of questions and not many answers currently.