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Equipment Recommendations for a Home Electronics Lab

A working engineer posted this question, which appeared in my LinkedIn status stream earlier this year:

“I want to set up a home electronics test bench for maker projects. I would like a scope (perhaps with logic analyzer), waveform gen, power supply, volt/amp meter. My interests are high fidelity audio, and Arduino/RPi type projects. I am seeking recommendations … Read More → "Equipment Recommendations for a Home Electronics Lab"

Founding Stories of Famous Electronic Distributors, Part 3

In Parts 1 and 2 of this article, I discussed the founding stories of two early pioneers in electronic component distribution (Sager and Allied) and two post-war distributors (TTI and Digi-Key). These stories came from a new book published by the ECIA (Electronic Components Industry Association) titled “Read More → "Founding Stories of Famous Electronic Distributors, Part 3"

Founding Stories of Famous Electronic Distributors, Part 2

In Part 1 of this article, I discussed the founding stories of two early pioneers in electronic component distribution: Sager and Allied. These stories came from a new book published by the ECIA (Electronic Components Industry Association) titled “Electronic Component Industry Evolution: 100 … Read More → "Founding Stories of Famous Electronic Distributors, Part 2"

Founding Stories of Famous Electronic Distributors, Part 1

Electronic distributors are the Rodney Dangerfields of the electronics industry. CEOs heading component vendors view them mostly as a necessary evil. Worst case, they’re viewed as middlemen that erode profit. Best case, they’re a partner that requires a lot of support. Engineers have, in the past, also viewed distributors as a necessary evil. You turn to them when the component vendor won’t give … Read More → "Founding Stories of Famous Electronic Distributors, Part 1"

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