Much like the post-recession months after 2008, we’re in the midst of a bit of a component squeeze. Chances are you’ve been warned by your suppliers that many parts are in short supply, and lead times have stretched into the many-months or even a year! Here at The Great Search we feel ya, we’ve seen many components evaporate. Parts that were discontinued-but-still-available are now ‘really really discontinued’ But no worries, with a little search-skills we’re often able to find replacements. So it’s no surprise we’ll be doing a few ‘alternative’ search shows! This week we’re going on the hunt for a replacement to the APX803-26SAG, our favorite auto-reset supervisor – a little chip that has helped countless designs wake up cleanly. It’s no longer available, will we be able to find a drop-in replacement? Tune in to find out!
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