Screaming Circuits: February 2011


Hot Time in the Small Chips Tonight

Years ago when I worked for a local projector company, we were introducing a relatively compact projector lighted by a Halogen lamp. Cooling such bulb in a big, wide open projector wasn't a problem, but we barely had a few... Read more

Possible Weather Cause Delays

BULLETIN: The snow is accumulating in the Portland area and we have declared today (2/24/11) to be a snow-affected day. We're expecting delivery and shipment problems and many employees are experiencing difficulty getting in to the shop. We will still... Read more

The Most Important Thing

Actually, there are other things that may very well be more important. Oxygen and food certainly are. Roads are pretty important as well. Life would be difficult without them. But, for a job, a career, an Industry, I can't think... Read more

Outsourced Out of a Future?

Alert! - Self-serving Content Ahead: I suppose I'm supposed to be self-serving now and then. I mean, I don't personally design and build things for a living. I do that for fun and dim hopes of robot world domination. These... Read more

Drip. Drip. Drip. Drip. Drip...

Okay, water doesn't have to actually be dripping down on to your parts to be a problem. I don't know if you've heard or not, but water also comes in vapor form. Weird. I wonder if there's a way to... Read more

Hello... Any Good Part Shipping Ideas?

Ever have one of those situations where there really aren't any good answers? There may be right answers, but not necessarily any that fit real well to the specific situation or are all that convenient. The question at hand relates... Read more

How Many Spins?

The other day I wrote about my failure to follow my own advice. Obviously, advice is only for someone else. Just like the best standards are double. Right? Hmmm. It got me to thinking about board spins. Years ago, I... Read more

Hi Ho. Hi Ho. It's off to Scone I go

I found this video over on the adafruit blog. Asimo, by Honda, is cool. Mars rovers, by JPL, are cool. Packbots, by iRobot, are cool. But, for robots to really take off, they need to be able to run down... Read more

Nightmare on BGA Street

I seem to be in a bit of a BGA mood lately. I do that sometimes - pick a subject and talk it to death before moving on. Well, maybe not quite talk it to death, but at least talk... Read more

BGA Woes

Quite a few of the new chips I see coming out stick to the BGA or QFN form-factor. Sometimes they'll be referred to as WSP (wafer scale package) or CSP (chip scale package), but those are still just little BGAs.... Read more

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