Or are there any guys OK to share an 250 pces order with Amontec?
In this case, Amontec will buy by AVNET and will share 125 units or more.
Let me know.
------------ And now a word from our sponsor ------------------
Want to have instant messaging, and chat rooms, and discussion
groups for your local users or business, you need dbabble!
-- See http://netwinsite.com/sponsor/sponsor_dbabble.htm ----
I can see that the Philips ARM MCUs will be taking off big time. If you
were smart, you would not bother with trying to save a few bucks by
combining orders, but rather find a way to market these chips in
proto/eval boards and end up ordering them by the basket. You could
even offer small quantities of the chips for resale with enough markup
to make it worthwhile. I would do this, but it is pretty far afield
from what we are making. It seems to be right in line with what you are
I think this chip is generating an awful lot of interest considering
that it really is just another ARM chip. But I guess Philips has a
unique product due to the small size (no external bus) and they seem to
be doing a good job of marketing it. Too bad OKI is not better at
marketing their chips, they have some better products in my opinion.
But they seem more interested in the larger customers.
I think it is more than just another ARM chip. This is the first
ARM processor with both RAM and Flash on-chip. Atmel, for instance,
has several ARMs with Flash, but no RAM; and several with RAM ... but
no Flash. That never made much sense to me. Philips finally got it
right. Now I can slap together an ARM based system without having to
worry about wiring up any external memory. That is a huge decrease
in the hassle required to get a system going.
A processor that requires external memory isn't really a microcontroller
in my book.
But Philips still made some bad design decisions (IMO). For instance,
the LPC2106 has two RS232 interfaces, but both of them share pins with
PWM outputs. So if you want serial I/O, you have to give up a PWM
channel. That seems silly to me. There are several GPIO with no
secondary function, so I don't understand why they piled more than
one secondary function onto a single pin. If they really needed to
double up, why couldn't they make one RS232 multiplex with something
else, such as an external interrupt?
If you want to make it even easier, get yourself a tube of solder
paste. I got a tube about six months ago, and haven't used wire
solder since for SMT. Run a bead of paste along a row of pins,
then touch a HOT soldering iron to each pin and the solder just
slurps into place. It is almost like magic. If you get any shorts,
then use less paste.
Make sure you practice on some throwaway parts till you get the
technique down, but after a few minutes you should be able to do
it like a pro.
Wire solder still works better for through-hole soldering.
Polytechforum.com is a website by engineers for engineers. It is not affiliated with any of manufacturers or vendors discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.