Screaming Circuits: September 2008


Shutdown on October 3rd

Hi all;

Our factory floor will be shutdown this Friday, October 3rd to get ready to add in a new set of assembly machines. We will be back to work over the weekend so the disruption should be minimal. Please be aware that this Friday will not be a shipping day and we will not have 24 hour turns available on Thursday the 2nd.

We hope this won't be too much of an inconvenience and hope you understand that this will lead to a bigger, better and more capable Screaming Circuits. We're adding in a complete new SMT assembly line. We've been adding in improvements all over Screaming Circuits lately. First, the new selective solder machine for thru-hole parts, new website features (quotes and orders available as PDFs for your convenience on your My Accounts page) and soon the new surface mount assembly line.

Duane Benson

Chrome and Safari browsers

Hi all;

Many of you may have heard that Google just released a new web browser called Chrome. It's kind of cool. I've played with it a bit, but as far as I'm concerned, for the most part a browser is a browser is a browser.Chrome_screen_shot

Not so fast here though. Chrome doesn't completely work with screamingcircuits.com. You can quote just fine and get most of the way through the order process. Unfortunately, though, Chrome won't let you complete your order. You need to go all the way to the upload page and click "Finish" and then pick up the phone and give us a call. Tell us the Quote/ Order number displayed at the top of the page and we'll finish it for you. Otherwise, we'll just see it as a saved quote and not a submitted order.

By the way, the same thing happens with the Safari browser on a Mac. The two browsers use some common components in their engines.

Duane Benson
Now I need some NaOH

Zap Goes the Large Hadron Collider

And, we're still here! Well, of course we are. They didn't actually collide anything today. All of the conspiracy theorists and doom sayers will have to wait a while for the earth to be swallowed up by a black hole. Bad wolf.

In case you have been in a black hole and don't know what I'm talking about, I'm referring to the first beam being produce over at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

I won't go into all of the detail because a million other people have already written about it, so just go here or here. According to Wired, we may get to see the black hole sometime in late October.

Duane Benson
It sucks to be a singularity

Top-Ten reasons to use Screaming Circuits

Hi all -

I've been a bit swamped lately and haven't been posting as regularly as I would like to. Hopefully I'll be getting more useful tidbits out there again soon. In the meantime, I'll through out a little marketing glurge just so I can feel like I'm doing something semi-productive here.

So, drum roll please. Here are the top-ten reasons to use Screaming Circuits.

Whyscsketch_3 10: Shrinking parts - Dem parts just keep getting smaller and smaller and smaller. Micro BGAs and QFNs were the rage for a while but those are starting to seem big with the increase in 0201s and chip-scale and wafer-scale packages.

I'm seeing 1 Amp power components in silicon wafer scale packages at 2mm x 3mm. That's really hard to do by hand and more components in these form-factors just keep coming.

Whyscsketch_4 01: Shrinking schedules - I can remember having three weeks to get some pc boards in and assembled. I can remember the boss asking the team to bring the schedule in a couple of weeks. Well, here you go. 24 and 48 hour turns can do just that.

We can help you turn weeks into days or hours by building the stuff up here for you. Well, actually, we won't be turning the weeks into day, but something that may have taken weeks will now take days.

Whyscsketch_5 00: Shrinking support staff - The poor folks in documentation and purchasing are either way too busy or have been downsized. Too many engineers now have to not only design the circuit, they have to lay it out, get it built and get it tested. And with all of this other work, they haven't lost any of the rest of their duties. It's just get it done, get these other things done and get it done faster. Yikes!

So, there you have it. 10b2 good reasons to use Screaming Circuits

Duane Benson
I need a nap now

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