Back to normal this week but no shortage of electronics to talk about!
- Dave was dismayed by the combination of sexism and insulting engineers in advertising.
- Chris was dismayed by how fast (technology related) disinformation can be spread without any regard for details or fact.
- Chris and Dave were both interested in some of the test equipment around the labs in The Avengers (link via @HilaryLustig).
- LeCroy was bought out by Teledyne.
- Chris thinks the same thing will happen as it does in other industries: Companies like Oscium (the iPhone/iPad scope company) will have bottom-up innovation and overtake the larger players.
- Dave is trying out 3rd party manufacturing and selling for non-Aussie sales of the uCurrent.
- Ian of Dangerous Prototypes recaps his MFBA talk about the different options electronics companies have for selling their product
- The USB Power Supply on Kickstarter was announced around the same time as Dave announced his USB power supply. Should Dave try and get his on Kickstarter as well? What are the marketing implications?
- A second version of the IOIO was announced, even after being superseded by the Android Development Kit (ADK).
- 4 bit micros still exist and are designed into consumer products, such as the one that Dave found in his Braun toothbrush, the EM6682 by EM MicroElectronic
- The Zed Board is a development board for the newly release Zynq7000 from Xilinx. It’s a dual core A9 with logic wrapped around it…but who can afford to design it into a product?
- Chip(s) of the Week!
- The LT5400 is a set of high quality matched resistors from Linear Tech.
- Texas Instruments now sells matched nexFETs in their PowerBlock packaging.
- Linear Tech just announced the LTC4359, an ideal diode control chip.
- The TPD1E6B06 is an ESD diode, likely one that TI pulled out of its IP bag.