by Michael Dunn:
Thanks to software engineer and hardware hobbyist Bob Alexander, next time you need a batch of PCBs, make his PCB Shopper site your first stop. Enter your basic board specs, like size, layer count, and quantity, and out pops a list of vendors (from China, USA, Canada, & Germany) along with prices and delivery time (BTW, here’s another Canadian source that hasn’t made his list yet: Bittele/7pcb). The site also has a nice little summary of CAD tools.
pcbshopper.com – Find the cheapest PCB manufacturers - [Link]
There is cool contest for EEs, with actual prizes running right now. EEWeb.com is running the “2014 European Design Freedom Contest” (at http://www.eeweb.com/freedomcontest) and the prizes include iPads and iPods as well as a football table, espresso machine, or bike. You’ll get to design projects using the Freescale Freedom Kinetis ARM based development platform.
The contest uses free online tools from Digi-Key. The first part of the contest uses Scheme-It for you to generate a block diagram of your contest entry that uses one of the 10 available Freescale Freedom Platforms; the project can be a solution to a real problem or something novel. This first phase of the contest runs through the end of June.
In the second phase, create a PCB design of your project. You can also go with a software submission using ARM mbed studio online software (mbed.org). The 2nd phase runs through Oct 10th.
EEWeb.com – 2014 European Design Freedom Contest - [Link]
EveryCircuit helps electronics enthusiasts to quickly prototype circuits and share their designs. Students find it useful because of real-time interactive simulation and visualization of circuit operation. EC was first released as an Android app (over 1M users). Thanks to Google’s new Portable Native Client technology that lets us run C++ code at full speed in Chrome browser, it is now available online.
EveryCircuit is a web and mobile app for EE students and circuit enthusiasts. Its interactive visual circuit simulation is great for understanding how circuits work and for quick prototyping of design ideas. And it has a huge online repository of educational and practical circuits designed by EveryCircuit community.
EveryCircuit – Interactive visual circuit simulation web app - [Link]
TakeItApart.com is a new website where you post your photos of disassembly guides. See how to take apart everyday things, and find things to do once inside. So simple, check it out!
TakeItApart.com – Your source for disassembly information - [Link]
With Texas Instruments’ WEBENCH Schematic Editor, engineers can customize power-management designs and simulate the circuit created within the WEBENCH environment. According to the company, the new feature reduces design and verification time from hours to minutes. The editing and simulation package maintains a library of over 40,000 components. As a result, it’s possible to incorporate multiple mixed output capacitors, filtering, board parasitics, and snubber circuits into WEBENCH power-supply designs. Then those customized power designs can be simulated (using the WEBENCH Power Designer’s Spice simulator) before they’re exported to CAD development platforms like Cadence OrCAD Capture CIS, Mentor Graphics Xpedition xDX Designer, CADSoft EAGLE, and Altium formats (e.g., Altium Designer). The WEBENCH environment consists of online tools such as Designer and Architect that enable end-to-end analog circuit design.
Customize Power-Management Designs With Editing/Simulation Environment - [Link]
EasyEDA is a Web-Based EDA, schematic capture, spice circuit simulation and PCB layout Online. [via]
EasyEDA launches a free, zero-install, Web and cloud-based EDA tool suite, integrating powerful schematic capture, mixed-mode circuit simulation and PCB layout in a seamless cross-platform browser environment, for electronic engineers, educators, students and hobbyists. EasyEDA has extensive built-in schematic, spice and PCB libraries which can be easily extended using powerful symbol, model and footprint creation and editing tools.EasyEDA has integrated with DangerousPrototypes’ open source libraries, so the makers can build electronic stuff with DangerousPrototypes parts in EasyEDA easily.
EasyEDA – Web based design tool - [Link]
There is a new contest over open-electronics.org for people who bought the 3Drag or K82003 printer. Just show the OSHW community what you can do with your printer and get ready to win great gifts. The competition is intended to reward both people more gifted in technical/design, and those with artistic talent who, with their experience, are able to obtain from the files available on the Internet, objects that are perfect from an architectural, design or creativity point of view.
Thus here is this 3Drag Competition, reserved for those who possess a 3Drag or a Velleman K8200 3D printer (based on the same design).
Nowadays it’s plenty of this machines: in fact, thanks to the collaboration with Velleman, the 3Drag (recoded as K8200) had a widespread distribution throughout the world, spreading among students, hobbyists, new artisans, creating new skills and new job opportunities.
Contest for people who bought the 3Drag or K82003 printer - [Link]
If you are looking for datasheets online you may try DatasheetLib.com datasheet library. DatasheetLib offers a huge selection of datasheets on a well designed webiste and without the need to register an account. The website aims to help you find the right datasheet and display it on your browser or download it in PDF format with a minimum of mouse clicks and without annoying advertisements or popups. Once you are on the site use the search function to look for your datasheet. All you need to do is type in the required item’s name, and DatasheetLib will immediately start displaying relevant suggestions as you type. Then choose your datasheet from the list and you go straight to the preview page. The online preview looks fairly intuitive and handles everything well in a distraction-free environment. Each of the datahsheet page is displayed on a thumbnail and you can easily switch between pages clicking on it. Additional, there are related datasheets suggestion on bottom of the page. DatasheetLib.com does a great job in facilitating datasheet search among millions of them and it does it with ease and for free. We suggest you to take a look by yourself.
DatasheetLib.com – Find & Download Electronic Component Datasheets - [Link]
Expanding of international company SOS electronic in B2B segment of industry led to the fusion with a strong strategic investor – company named Conrad. SOS electronic is a distributor of electronic components for industrial production which operates in 5 European countries with the focus on Central and East Europe (CEE).
1st July 2013, Košice, Slovakia, Hirschau, Germany – In order to strengthen the expansion of electronic components distribution to the industrial production of company, SOS electronic acceded to an acquisition with a strong partner – Conrad.
Conrad is expanding its business strategy to create a new segment of industrial customers and to expand its product portfolio and services for this segment. This acquisition occurred also in order that SOS electronic as a company established in this area helped in expanding this strategy.
Conrad joined SOS electronic not only as an investor but mainly as a partner…
Holger Ruban, director of Conrad Business supplies, comments on the acquisition: ” „The Conrad Group will benefit from SOS electronic’s 22 years experience with industrial customers. People from SOS bring us valuable know-how which we can use together in the field of marketing, purchasing and sales for our strategy of building a new customer’s segment.“
SOS electronic as a company and brand will stay independent and will still be strengthened. Nothing will change in the method of ordering, deliveries, our pricing policy or any kind of communication with our customers and our company will still carry out all of the duties under the SOS electronic heading. The dismissal of staff is not planned. However, the opposite is true. In the future, the new investments to support Eastern European markets are planned. Read the rest of this entry »
- CircuitLab - Design and Simulation
- PartSim - Design and Simulation
- Do Circuits – Design and Simulation
- iSchematics - Design and Simulation
- Scheme-It - Schematic Capture
- ACES Online Circuit Maker - Schematic Capture
- datasheets.com - Parts Selection
- PartBuyer - Parts Selection
- Octopart - Parts Selection
- Findchips - Parts Selection
- Partstat - Parts Selection
- IC Master - Parts Selection
- EEM - Parts Selection
- Analog Devices parametric search - Parts Selection
- Microchip Advanced Parts Selector (MAPS) - Parts Selection
- Webench - Parts Selection
- PowerCAD - Parts Selection
- PowerEsim - Parts Selection
Free online design, simulation, parts search tools - [Link]