This week Phy ‘d gotten our hands on the Nordic NRF51822-BEACON development kit and decided to give it a whirl. And despite our general excitement for all things Nordic – especially the 51822 – we’ve must confess this board left us…more than a little puzzled? Continue reading “Review: Nordic NRF51822-BEACON Dev Kit”
This past week, the Phy team hit DesignCon 2015 where tucked away in a far corner of the Exhibit hall we met up with Chris Gammell, Product Manager for Parts.io, a new parametric component search site from the folks at Supplyframe (full disclosure, Supplyframe also owns Phy). Have a look at my interview with Chris below and then keep reading for more detail!
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”
Today the winners of the Techcrunch Hardware Battlefield 2015 were decided and topping the list was Voltera and their V-One circuit printer and despite some (serious) reservations, we’ve got to admit it’s hard not to want one! Continue reading “Techcrunch HW Battlefield Winner Voltera Promise the Ability to Print PCBs”
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”