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Weekend Wisdom - The next big thing

In the 1970s and '80s, digital electronics was exploding just below the surface of public awareness. Early adopters were starting to use it, mainstream media was starting to report on it (usually with little understanding of what they were writing... Read more

Weekend Wisdom - Is the age of Gerber over?

Weekend Wisdom - Is the age of Gerber over?
I have in my bookshelf, an autographed copy of "The Inventor's Dilemma, The Remarkable Life of H. Joseph Gerber." I purchased the book, written by the subject's son, David Gerber, in early April 2016 with the knowledge that I would... Read more

Quoting PCB Assembly got you down?

Quoting PCB Assembly got you down?
In five years, plenty of new chip fabs will be online and we'll be able to buy those microcontrollers again. Of course, the brand new AugInt drive chips will still be hard to come by, but what breakthrough new technology... Read more

Supply Chain Woes - An open letter to microcontroller companies

Supply Chain Woes - An open letter to microcontroller companies
To all of you out there who design, manufacture and sell microcontrollers - I'm talking to you! Actually, I'm talking to anyone who makes chips that have programmable configuration bits and overlapping model numbers. What do I mean by "overlapping... Read more

Broken Supply Chain: Good or Bad?

Broken Supply Chain: Good or Bad?
Some time ago, I read that it takes about 30 years for a new society-changing technology to explode into mainstream use after it’s shown to become commercially viable. My addition to that bit of wisdom is that for the first... Read more

Scam alert in the components world

As if there aren't enough challenges for all of us right now, we have been receiving reports of scammers impersonating legitimate component suppliers. They claim to have hard to get parts available, but just take your money and give nothing... Read more

The supply chain is still a mess - A few things you can do to help

The supply chain is still a mess - A few things you can do to help
I'm sure you are getting tired of us telling you that. We're certainly tired of saying it, but it is still the world we live in. It may not let up until the middle of next year. So, here it... Read more

Component supply - Is it panic time?

Component supply -  Is it panic time?
Is it panic time? If you know where your towel is, then no. But, it is time to prepare and take some action to protect yourself against supply chain disruptions. So, here's what we know: A fair number of silicon... Read more

Supply Chain Challenges are Back

Supply Chain Challenges are Back
Time to prepare for shortages Shortages and price increases are hitting the supply chain again. Some of the greatest effects are occurring in raw materials used in PCB fab and metal fabrication. Silicon components and capacitors are also showing increases... Read more

The work world in 2021

The work world in 2021
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. That often used (or yelled by my Jr High School football coach) statement has always struck me as being a bit odd. I’m sure my coach intended it to mean that... Read more