Screaming Circuits: Industry

PROTOTYPE AND SMALL VOLUME
PCB ASSEMBLY MADE EASY

Who Are You?

A lot of events are preceded with a "meet and greet" session. It gives you something to do for an hour or so before the real activity takes place. I'm not much of a schmoozer myself, but if the crowd... Read more

Screaming Circuits and Element14

Screaming Circuits has entered into a partnership with electronics distributor Newark/element14 to offer PCB assembly services through its online engineering community, the knode. As support staff, schedules and components shrink, design workload stays the same or increases. The Knode on... Read more

Zzzzzzzap!!! Static be Bad

Engineers these days have so many issues to worry about just in component handling alone: Do my parts need baking to get the moisture out before reflow soldering? Are my parts in stock? Are my parts real or are they... Read more

40 Years of 4004

I'm assuming eight pages excerpted out of 142 qualifies as fair use. I had forgotten that I had this thing buried in a box in my garage. I have a lot of old junk hidden in boxes out there, but... Read more

Major Major and Standard Standard

We ask for your bill of materials, Gerber and centroid files to assemble your pcbs. All of those pieces of information are necessary to properly program our machines to place your parts. That's pretty standard stuff, but did you know... Read more

Speaking of Small Packages...

T'was a a dark and stormy night when the news came through. Joe Layout had been both dreading and preparing for years. But it had always been little more than rhumors from a far off land. It was a looming... Read more

Open Source. What is it Good For?

I've written about open source hardware (OSHW) a few times before. Like this and this. I've understood open source software for quite some time and over the last few years have been starting to get what open source hardware is... Read more

And The Race Goes On

The race for the smallest part is still going strong. That and the fact that basic logic gates are still with us is affirmed quite well with a new set of chips from NXP. The 74AUP2G00 is a dual two-input... Read more

CAD This or CAD That

I use Eagle CAD a lot. I can get away with the "Light" version, because the designs I create are small and non-commercial. I do use them sometimes to illustrate points here on my blog, but I think that still... Read more

Loooooooow Power

It's not quite grape power, but over in the Microchip booth, the EverReady folks were handing out little digital clock demos. Nothing sounds the least bit interesting about that, except what they're really showcasing is a little Microchip step-up DC-DC... Read more