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 by sparky ¦  Mon Jul 24, 2006 12:35 pm ¦  Forum: BatchPCB ¦  Topic: RESOLVED - DRC Bot not sending me results ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 1801

DRC Bot is up and running. Check your spam filters. Because we send jpg attachments, we get spam canned.

Let me know if you're still having problems and I'll try to dig out the emails.


 by sparky ¦  Mon Jul 24, 2006 12:25 pm ¦  Forum: SparkFun Product Questions ¦  Topic: Where the #@!! can I buy an LPC2148? ¦  Replies: 14 ¦  Views: 3509

Why do you think our datalogger stock keeps fluctuating? :) The LPC2138 went out of stock 2-3 mnths ago. Shortly after, we snagged the last 150pcs of the LPC2148 on the face of the earth. Phillips was having wafer fabrications problems. We recently got a shipment from Germany of both 2138s and 2148s...

4x4 silicon button pad on the horizon

 by sparky ¦  Fri Jul 07, 2006 2:36 pm ¦  Forum: New Product Ideas ¦  Topic: 4x4 silicon button pad on the horizon ¦  Replies: 1 ¦  Views: 1669

Hey All, Just to give you a snippet into the future : We really liked the button interface that we saw at Maker Faire. However, the Monome kids were a bit shocked when we asked how much and how long for 1k pcs of their t...

 by sparky ¦  Mon Jul 03, 2006 9:46 am ¦  Forum: Wireless/RF ¦  Topic: RF instead of Bluetooth ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 1475

The nRF ICs require you to write your own protocol. They are really handy, and extremely flexible units (not to mention really cheap), but they require the end user to do a lot of firmware and protocol stuff to get them going. It's the same $ vs. time problem. Bluetooth is very easy, but a bit more ...

 by sparky ¦  Mon Jul 03, 2006 9:09 am ¦  Forum: BatchPCB ¦  Topic: I looked at the skillet PCB technology and I am curious ¦  Replies: 6 ¦  Views: 3111

My $0.02 - the mfgs who write the datasheets are just covering their asses for production runs. You can do some really evil things to ICs (over heat, super cool, run too fast, etc) without too much problems. I've over clocked PICs to twice their spcd speed without damage. I've run 5V parts at 3.3V w...

 by sparky ¦  Mon Jul 03, 2006 9:01 am ¦  Forum: SparkFun Product Questions ¦  Topic: BL driver for the CFAX display ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 1742

We use a recommended CFAX part from the CrystalFontz forum : the HV826MG available from Mouser. SSOP 8 is a bit of evil, but SOIC 8 is also available I believe.


 by sparky ¦  Thu Jun 29, 2006 1:56 pm ¦  Forum: New Product Ideas ¦  Topic: Arduino Shields ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 2771

Tom Igoe is a dear friend of SFE and an avid Arduino developer. The shields principal is just starting to get traction. There was talk at Sketching 06 ( that there were all sorts of shields being worked on. So far, we've only touched 1-2pcs protos. We are happy carry anything ava...

 by sparky ¦  Thu Jun 08, 2006 11:16 am ¦  Forum: Everything ARM and LPC ¦  Topic: ARM-USB-OCD prototype is working well ¦  Replies: 25 ¦  Views: 9415

Hey Cannibal, Walk your line carefully. The minute you start picking on people for their creative use of the english language or their politics (which you seem to have intuited all on your own), be prepared for little or no help. Plainly, Tsvetan has been as kind and as helpful as time has permitted...

 by sparky ¦  Tue May 23, 2006 2:54 pm ¦  Forum: SparkFun Site Questions/Comments ¦  Topic: PICs with bootloaders ¦  Replies: 6 ¦  Views: 2868

Yea - we don't sell the PICs preloaded any more. It was too much of a hassle keeping inventory seperate. One was always out of stock and we had to switch PICs back and forth. All you need is a PG2 to get a DIP programmed with the bootloader. Once the bootloader is in place, you shouldn't need to pro...

 by sparky ¦  Tue May 23, 2006 2:51 pm ¦  Forum: BatchPCB ¦  Topic: DRC problem on tiled boards? ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 1832


Don't tile the boards, just submit them seperately. You can still order them all at the same time, under one handling fee.

Save yourself the hassle,

 by sparky ¦  Tue May 23, 2006 2:48 pm ¦  Forum: Everything ARM and LPC ¦  Topic: Is anyone using the ADuC702X ARMs? ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 2259

I just hooked up the ADuC 7020 the other day. Using Rowley Crossworks and the Analog boot loader, it works like a charm. That was the fastest I've ever gotten a LED to blink on a new platform!


 by sparky ¦  Tue May 23, 2006 2:46 pm ¦  Forum: SparkFun Site Questions/Comments ¦  Topic: The quarter ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 2000

:) It was the same quarter for many months. Then I think our Roomba ate it.

Most recently it looks like I forgot to flip it Washington side up.

Hah! Thanks for asking ;)


 by sparky ¦  Tue May 23, 2006 2:42 pm ¦  Forum: Wireless/RF ¦  Topic: Change HAC-UM96 channel using the micro? ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 1312

Nice idea. Sounds like a plausable work-around from the hardware jumpers. Let us know if you get it to kick.


 by sparky ¦  Tue May 16, 2006 8:22 am ¦  Forum: SparkFun Site Questions/Comments ¦  Topic: CP2101 Mac Drivers ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 2199

Hah! Us? Lobby? I am flattered you think companies actually listen to us :) Well, not quite yet. Here is the contents of an email I received from a cool customer - I hope he doesn't mind. Hope this helps! : Just as a note for anyone else out there using MacOS X with the SparkFun USB <-> Telit eval b...

 by sparky ¦  Mon May 15, 2006 8:18 am ¦  Forum: Wireless/RF ¦  Topic: MiRF?? ¦  Replies: 1 ¦  Views: 1089

Hi Aaron,

We've posted example test code using a PIC... Should be a good place to start. ...


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