Jameco for the simple stuff (i think near SFO if you wanna drive there from
berserkely), Digikey is good too with most everything electrical/electronic.
I have received, I am almost ashamed to admit, numerous free IC samples from
various vendors. In particular, Dallas/Maxim is very responsive, as is
Microchip - assuming they make the specific type of ICs you are interested
in. The problem for a retro-geek like me is that I use DIP packages for
prototyping and many of the latest and greatest ICs aren't available in this
package. Anyway, most companies will ask you to register with them and for
that price you can get samples. Nothing to lose.
mouser.com is the other company with a lot of good products. Very
extensive stocks, like digikey. All 3 companies are great for
- dan michaels
They are fairly expensive, but they have a lot of parts and kits for BEAM
robotics. They are also very helpful and responsive. If you are going to be
doing a lot of BEAM stuff, I'd suggest you get to know them!
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