Digi-Key is the fourth largest electronic component distributor in North America and a broad-line distributor of board level components. It ranks as the fifth largest electronic component distributor in the world. Founded in 1972 by Ronald Stordahl, its name is a reference to the "Digi-Keyer Kit", a digital electronic keyer kit that he developed and marketed to amateur radio enthusiasts. He continues to privately own the company.

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  • Robin provides a walkthrough of downloading and installing Eclipse. He then shows us how to get the IDE for Arduino installed and running for your specific Arduino Board. Additional Resources: Maker.io - https://www.digikey.com/en/maker Digi-Key’s Blog – TheCircuit https://www.digikey.com/en/blog Connect with Digi-Key on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/digikey.electronics/ And follow us on Twit...

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  • The Adafruit Itsy Bitsy 32U4 is an Arduino-compatible board in a tiny form factor. The Itsy Bitsy measures just 1.4” x 0.7” and is based on the same ATmega32U4 as the Arduino Leonardo, with 2 kB of RAM and 28 KB of Flash. The Itsy Bitsy is available in a 5 V, 16 MHz version and a 3.3 V, 5 MHz version. Both versions have an on-board regulator and can be powered from the USB port or an external i...

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  • Part three of An Introduction to KiCad has Shawn fully laying out his 555 circuit in Schematic Capture. Most basic components will be found in the default KiCad library. That being said when you come across a part that is not included in the default library; the Digi-Key Symbol and Footprint Library will have you covered. To that end Shawn shows where to download and install Digi-Key’s custom l...

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  • Before you spend a lot of time designing your project, it is essential that you give it careful evaluation. First, weigh the pros and cons of your project. Begin thinking about possible team members, test your technology, and establish a realistic timeline. Everything check out? You’re ready to design! To keep costs low, we first go to Digi-Key and look for the lowest cost functional sensors we c...

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  • In this first video Ladyada the engineer will explain her concept process: A lot of our community were contacting us, asking for a solder-less Arduino compatible learning platform ($20 or less) – with a parallel goal of getting a wide variety of young people in to electronics. It would also need to be filled with an out-of-box set of experiments with LEDs (lights) sound, motion sensing, and capaci...

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  • Now that you’ve finally seen your idea through production, you may feel like you’re done. And, while that isn’t far off, there’s work yet to do. Where will you warehouse your product? Where will it ship? Are there opportunities for partnerships, be they direct, retail, or via another kind of marketplace? Answering these questions will be key to your success. OK they're done and packaged! Now we t...

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  • Ahhh, production time. The sweet smell of your final BOM in the air, you’re ready to start making some serious decisions. First, you’ll want to decide what demand might be—how much should you order? You’ll also need to think about the manufacturing supply chain, which will involve making decisions about board houses, manufacturers, and assembly houses. OK – the fun time! Now that the PCB is done ...

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  • Now that you’ve successfully entered your choice market, it’s time for a little maintenance. During this phase of your process, you’ll focus on processing potential returns, troubleshooting early problems, scaling your operation, offering warranties, and gathering positive reviews. Your reputation will be key—find a way to manage it. Remember that support is ongoing—you’re not off the hook yet! T...

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  • This video, we get back our prototype PCBs! Woo - time to hand solder each component and 'bring up' the board. After each component is soldered in, we test it. We create a 'demo test' that does the test to prove it works. at the end you have a fully assembled board with the demo programming running. we show changes we made over the prototypes: changing microphone gain, switching speaker size. Are ...

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  • Now that you’re finally ready to move forward with your project, it’s time to really begin the creative process. Spend time drafting your electrical and mechanical designs, selecting components, and laying out technical specifications. Layout your PCB and initial BOM and finalize your platform. Expect to spend a little bit of money here—evaluation kits and prototype components aren’t free! In thi...

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  • While you’ve probably done a bit of Googling, now is the time got to get serious about researching your idea. You’ll need to review platforms, evaluate price points, and perform a competitive analysis. Now might also be a great time to look into existing intellectual property. In this second video Ladyada the engineer will explain how she researches potential designs: The toughest part is often ...

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  • PUI Audio’s Mobile Series speakers and receivers offer high-fidelity audio with a very low profile for cutting edge mobile, wearables, IoT, and Wi-Fi enabled applications. The speakers and receivers have an IP67-rated face for sealing to the enclosure to protect against dust and water. The Mobile Series uses a high energy neodymium motor and is available with power ratings up to 1 W. Speakers o...

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  • IDT’s VersaClock family of programmable clock generators offer a combination of low power consumption, flexibility, and high performance to simplify system designs by replacing multiple discrete timing components. This approach allows for the lowering of costs associated with reduced BOM (pronounced: bomb) count and board space. The VersaClock product family works with voltages ranging from 1.8 to...

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  • Hammond Manufacturing’s 1457 series are small extruded aluminum enclosures with IP65-sealed die-cast aluminum end panels for use in wet and dusty environments. The 1457 series can be used to house small electrical or pneumatic components and has internal slots for mounting PCBs in the body of the case. The enclosures are sealed with o-ring screw seals and closed cell polyethylene sealing gaskets...

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  • Maxim Integrated’s MAXM17532 and MAXM15462 Himalaya uSLIC™ power modules combine industry-best switching regulators with the size and simplicity of an LDO. The micro system-level IC modules integrate the controller, MOSFETs, inductor, compensation components, and additional functions in a 2.6 x 3 x 1.5 mm package. Himalaya uSLIC power modules accept an input from 4.0 V to 42 V and are available w...

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  • Harwin’s Datamate T-Contact female power contacts support up to 8.5 A per contact for increased current capacity in 2 mm pitch systems for space-constrained, high reliability applications with increasing power requirements, such as avionics, defense, industrial, and transportation. The T-contact utilizes a patented, 6-finger design to improve resistance to shock and vibration. The contact is mac...

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  • Silicon Labs’ Blue Gecko BGM13P Bluetooth 5 module integrates the energy efficient EFR32BG13 wireless SoC, antenna, and software, and is pre-certified, saving months of engineering effort and testing. The module offers developers an ARM Cortex-M4 core with 512KB of Flash and 64KB of RAM, and a wide selection of MCU peripherals. The integrated radio has a highly sensitive receiver and programmabl...

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  • When you are testing Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors (MLCCs) be sure you have the proper test equipment. Using the incorrect equipment can show your components being out of spec when in fact the test equipment isn’t being used as intended. The solution is an LCR meter with Automatic Level Control (ALC). https://www.digikey.com/en/articles/techzone/2018/jan/multilayer-ceramic-capacitors-mlccs Lear...

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  • In Part two Shawn provides a detailed walkthrough of creating a custom schematic symbol in KiCad. Using a datasheet for a 7555 timer as a reference, Shawn creates Pins, assigns Pin labels, and lays them out according to his project. Not every part requires custom symbol creation and by utilizing Digi-Key’s symbol and footprint library you can create your schematic and layout your board much fast...

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  • The Pimoroni Speaker pHAT is an easy way to add audio to Raspberry Pi projects. The Speaker pHAT is a kit the size of a Pi zero and is compatible with most Raspberry Pi models. It includes a Maxim MAX98357A amplifier, which integrates an I2S interface, a DAC, and class D amplifier. The IC sums stereo input into a mono output and drives the tiny 8 Ω, 2 W Mylar speaker. The speaker mounts behind ...

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  • The Pimoroni Speaker pHAT is an easy way to add audio to Raspberry Pi projects. The Speaker pHAT is a kit the size of a Pi zero and is compatible with most Raspberry Pi models. It includes a Maxim MAX98357A amplifier, which integrates an I2S interface, a DAC, and class D amplifier. The IC sums stereo input into a mono output and drives the tiny 8 Ω, 2 W Mylar speaker. The speaker mounts behind ...

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  • Texas Instruments’ LPV821 is a precision, zero-drift, nanopower op amp for “always on” sensing applications. The LPV821 employs a proprietary auto-calibration technique that provides very low offset and drift without introducing aliasing or 1/f noise, enabling high precision measurements in applications such as current monitoring, environmental sensors, or strain gauges. The LPV821 provides this ...

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  • RECOM’s R-78S evaluation board demonstrates the performance of the RECOM R-78S switching regulator in conjunction with a single-cell AA battery, energy harvesting device, or other low voltage sources. The R-78S is a high efficiency boost converter for IoT applications, providing a stable output from an input as low as 0.65 V to get the maximum available energy from a battery cell. The R-78S is a...

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  • Robin presents the completed Arduino TCS3200 Color Sensor to Hash Tag project by showing a short demonstration. The goal of the project is to incorporate the TCS3200 Color Sensor with an Arduino to generate hash tag code from colors the sensor sees for graphic designers. Arduino Color Sensor Project Additional Resources: How to get started with Arduino https://www.digikey.com/en/maker/blogs/2018...

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  • TDK-Lambda CUS150M series are 150 W AC/DC medical power supplies with a compact 2” x 4” footprint. CUS150M supplies meet ITE and medical certifications as well as Class B limits for radiated and conducted EMI. The supplies are available in multiple mechanical formats, including open frame and U channel with options for a cover and integrated fan. They can operate with little or no forced air co...

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  • On episode 17 of New Product Discoveries Randall discusses features of an IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) from Hillcrest Laboratories and a Transport Data Logger from Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions. The first product is a system-in-package (SIP) from Hillcrest Labs. The BNO080 IMU contains a 32-bit MCU, 3-axis Accelerometer, 3-axis Gyroscope, and a 3-axis Magnetometer in one small package...

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