Each month we’re compiling a list of part searches from Findchips.com & Parts.io, taken from Supplyframe’s ranked search feed. From that list we’ve stripped out the standard fare (e.g. discrete resistors & capacitors in chip packages – 0402, 0603, 0805, etc) and what’s left is a snapshot of what you and others are searching for and our comments on some of the items we found curious.
Continue reading “Parts Feed: Component Searches – December 2014”
Unless you’ve spent the last 10 years sunbathing in Aruba you would have heard that ARM is well and truly in the software business. After all, it was way back in 2005 when ARM acquired compiler-maker Keil, lauding the virtues of a full-stack solution – i.e. software + silicon – as part of a broader strategy that included explicit aims to deal the death blow to the indomitable 8051, amongst others. Continue reading “ARM, MBED & the Plan for World Domination”
What happens when the majority of your work blows up on the Antares space accident? You turn around and get some of your second string units on the next SpaceX launch (9 days later)!
Continue reading “Shaun Meehan (Planet Labs) – 9 Days To Ship”
Atmel, darling of the maker-verse, announced their latest ultra-low powered touch interface as a part of their QTouch lineup to be available on all of their Cortex M0+ -based SMART MCU devices that include the new Peripheral Touch Control core, beginning February 24, 2015. Continue reading “Atmel Introduces Low-Power Touch Technology, Could Finally Hit A Homerun in Capacitive Touch”
Having lived & worked in China, building electronics for the better part of 3 years, it’s clear today – as so many who’ve made the journey have discovered – that before going, I knew little-to-nothing about manufacturing and the supply chain that exists only a half-day away. Continue reading “Gaming China – Building Electronics the China Way”
From great enthusiasm, to deep frustration, to a cautious optimism seems the best way to describe the rollercoaster release of the ESP8266 low-cost WiFi transceiver from Shanghai-based Espressif Systems.
At first glance, this device appeared to have it all: Wifi, integrated balun, full TCP/IP stack, great community support, and all at an ultra-low cost……until…… Continue reading “ESP8266 Gets Their Certs (-ish?)”
Discovering new parts is difficult. A new site was recently developed to help engineers search through the millions of parts available online. This walkthrough is an introduction to the available features and how to get started with a login and a first search. Continue reading “An Introduction To Parts.io”
Startups exist to make money.
From the outside, it doesn’t always appear to be the case. We hear stories of insane perks, we watch TV shows about odd marketing decisions and we laugh at business models that don’t have a sniff of revenue now or in the future. Continue reading “The Depths Of A Hardware Startup”