Top Ten Things To Do In 2012 @ ECN: Electronic Component News – [via]
0b0000.0000: Build something open source. It’s amazing what is available. Back in the heyday of hobby electronics, it was easy to find projects in magazines such as “Popular Electronics.” You could get kits from Heathkit of RadioShack. But, for the most part, all of those things went away. With Open Source, you can build an almost unlimited variety of gadgets. What’s more, you can taylor your build to your experience level. If you want to do it all, just get the files, fab your boards, buy your parts and solder it up. If you’re less ambitious, buy a complete kit. If you’re even more ambitious, mod the design and post it up for the community.
Top Ten Things To Do In 2012 – [Link]
Global online community element14 is dedicated to providing engineers with end-to-end resources and the latest technology to help get their jobs done faster and easier than ever before. Following are a few noteworthy additions to the community:
- CadSoft launches EAGLE version 6: The newest version of the award-winning PCB software, available via the element14 knode, not only helps in board design, but also saves engineers time by providing direct connections to experienced, high-quality PCB manufacturers for fast quotes on PCB fabrication. Plus, with Accelerated Design’s Ultra Librarian users can quickly create parts, symbols and footprints that can be exported to various PCB design flows. An introductory video is available for download here.
- element14 partners with PCB prototype manufacturer Screaming Circuits: Effective Dec. 13, 2011, design engineers using the Knode on element14 can access Screaming Circuits’ services, including instant quotes and efficiently produced high-quality prototypes that adhere to shorter design cycles, saving engineers countless resources and helping shave weeks off the design process
element14: CadSoft’s EAGLE version 6 now available & new supplier partnership in effect – [Link]
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I still recall the day when my friend Yossi came to school and showed off his brand new graphing calculator. I was stunned by how easy it was to plot complicated functions — meanwhile, the rest of us were still drawing them by hand on graph paper.
Today, I’m hoping to share that magical feeling with students around the world, with the introduction of graphing functionality on Google. Now you can plot mathematical functions right on the search result page. Just type in a function and you’ll see an interactive graph on the top of the search results page.
You can zoom in and out and pan across the plane to explore the function in more detail. You can also draw multiple functions by separating them with commas. This feature covers an extensive range of single variable functions including trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic and their compositions, and is available in modern browsers.
I hope students and math lovers around the world find this experience as magical as I found the graphing calculator so long ago.
Google Enables Function Plotting from Search – [Link]
XMOS, developers of the industry’s first even-driven embedded processor, are running a special holiday promotion for a select few hacker and electronics communites.
They are giving away free developer kits to anyone who can come up with an awesome project idea that uses one.
The XC-1A developer board features XMOS’s most powerful processor; a quad-core XS1-G4 and is a great platform to start any project, big or small.
Head over the www.xcore.com/promotion now to submit your idea and win a kit!
XMOS is giving away XC-1A developer kits – [Link]
For the first time, hardware can be collaborative in real time! Work on a design with your team, in real time! See what they are editing while you edit! Sign up for free to give it a try! Exclamation mark!
Michael Woodworth writes:
Add your team by username or email to invite them to work with you on your design. It has never been easier to add people to your design!
And while we were at it, we thought that we should give the project pages a face lift! So we called on our design surgeon to give us the great new look that you can see here.
Plus, we’ve added a ton of awesome features that you should know about!
- Favouriting parts: We are making it easier to find parts that you know and like to use. Search will be taking this into account when you are logged in. I can’t wait to see my favourites skyrocket to top of search!
- Tutorials: We’ve created a tutorial section to help you navigate the site and use our features.
- Easier part creation: Introducing mouseless part creation! When editing pins on a part, just press enter to save it and go to the next pin, all the way around the part.
- Fork with history: Design history is now copied when you fork a design. Try forking one of our featured designs. And while you’re at it, take a look at the project fork list on the project page.
- Gravatars: We’ve hooked up your profiles to Gravatar. If you didn’t have a Gravatar, you get a little robot!
Increased tool stability: We’ve been busy making lots of improvements to the schematic capture tool, to increase its stability and help us track down bugs in the future.
- Netlist and export fixes: Some designs would not export netlists or to our open JSON format, but we’ve been good little beavers and this has been fixed.
- Now with more exclamation marks!
Upverter.com – Real-Time Collaboration & Shared Designs – [Link]
Underscoring an unwavering commitment to be an end-to-end resource for design engineers and enthusiasts, element14 today announced they will host a two-day virtual event “The element14 Innovation Series,” taking place Jan. 16-17, 2012.
The two-day virtual extravaganza will unite industry leaders from top manufacturers including Microchip, Texas Instruments, Freescale, ST and Micrium , to identify emerging trends in the different fields of electronics engineering—from medical and robotics to alternative energy and more. Anyone interested in the event can register now to discuss design challenges and solutions, and chat live with the experts implementing the latest and most up-to-date technology of today.
“The element14 Innovation Series” – Uncover the next generation of innovation – [Link]
Two exciting updates from element14 this week:
- New 2012 Catalog: Now available in a new customizable online format, a version enabled for iPads, as well as the ever-popular print edition. element14 users can now create their own unique catalog tailored to their needs, as well as opt to bookmark, email or print a specific page. element14 is the first electronics distributor to have a customizable catalog – check it out at: http://www.newark.com/ecats
- Innovators of Tomorrow: element14 recently kicked-off a new discussion series inviting the community to share thoughts on the innovators of tomorrow – who is the next Steve Jobs – as well as emerging technologies and trends. The community feedback will help fuel element14’s future Innovation series. Your readers can learn more at www.element14.com/innovators
element14 unveils first customizable catalog – [Link]
DrawSCH is able to create schematics online for free,You don’t need to install the software. Just open your browser.
- You can share your schematics with your firends or on forums or BBS
- You can export your schematics as png or as jpg image, Pdf will be supported latter.
- You can ask someone to help you to modify your schematics
- Try it ,you will find it very useful
- Browser Support: Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, IE9, IE6, IE7, IE8
Draw schematics online – [Link]
Ahh, the electronics workbench – shrine to the electron, the diode, the transistor, the soldering pencil and flux pen.
You can learn a lot about someone by looking at their workspace. Note the way that they store components (in pullout drawers or plastic organizers?), hang test leads (on hooks or wire racks, or on a nail?), and keep spools of wire at the ready for repairs and new projects.
A look at someone’e electronics workbench gives you a small glimpse into what is usually a fairly personal space – a space where visions become reality and electronics projects are brought to life.
While there are quite a few electronics workbenches on flickr, I determined after a quick search that there had been no attempt to bring all of these glimpses into a hobbyist or engineer’s soul together into one place.
It’s open to everyone, so if you’ve got photos of your own bench, add it to the group!
Electronics Workbench – [Link]