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When you get started on ARM microcontrollers things are very overwhelming at first... After coping with the first few hurdles like installing a toolchain and IDE, the next part should be getting a tool to program the chip. Many vendors have some kind of bootloader...read more
I'm always fascinated by Zero Insertation Force (ZIF) Sockets, but a bit scared by the price. Simple ones (DIP and SOIC) goes for a few bucks on Ebay, but the more fascinating ones (QFP, QFN, (T)SOP, BGA) either can't be found or are very expensive. Even on the...read more
Today I stumble across a neat/new feature in Eagle I haven't seen before. Prolly in there since early versions 7, but at least it is present in version 7.5.0 (current version at writing is 7.7). Some PCB manufacturers will accept panelized PCB and you can save a few...read more
Seasonal greetings from SMDprutser !! We found some spare time during these days to make this picture for you and wish you best. We hope your soldering iron will keep you warm during this period and also wish you and your relatives all the best for 2017, with lots of...read more
Since I don't use the DHL shipping option for PCB, it takes quite a while before the boards roll in. Today came in the STM32/GD32F103 QFN32 breakout board. I was very excited (for weeks) and soldered all the components quickly on the board. Uptill now I used 0603...read more
Prolly not, but I haven't made a developmentboard before and I didn't know of a development board that uses the QFN36 footprint. I recently went on a trip to Shenzhen to visit Ian from Dangerousprototypes.com and there I learned about a big Chinese manufacturer that...read more