Anyone who’s been tracking the business of providing product information and data knows that companies have risen, striven, and died based on the belief that they could help you make that device or component selection easier than anyone else, and some have prevailed. With that idea in mind, I’m excited to guide you to our latest service, www.datasheets.com, and what I think is the best free site out there to help you find, select, and obtain the part you need when you need it.
The result of a partnership between EDN’s owner, UBM Electronics, and SiliconExpert Technologies, Datasheets.com hosts data sheets and information on 185 million parts—and growing—and is rife with selection features, including parametric searches, saved searches, parts comparisons, and inventory watches. Independent companies have in the past provided parametric-search capabilities for specific parts—microcontrollers, for example—but this task is difficult to do for everything from resistors to power devices and processors. Datasheets.com does it and does it well. It also allows you to save your searches and go back to them later.
You need to register to use it 🙁
Eink, E-paper, Think Ink – Collin shares six segments pondering the unusual low-power display technology that somehow still seems a bit sci-fi – http://adafruit.com/thinkink
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.