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MEP EP#25: Lousy Datasheet Buyouts

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Runtime: (31:13)

Parker Dillmann
Stephen Kraig


Podcast Notes

  • Stephen has completed the SSPS Analog board. See Figure 1. Testing will begin early next week.
  • The Macro Amp that Stephen has been working on is almost done. He just needs to solder the through hole onto the board. See Figure 2.
  • Stephen has been working with Altium this past couple weeks while doing DFM work for customers. He would like the software if it didn’t cost $15K.
  • Parker finished programming the new revision of the MacroWatch V2. See Figure 3. Uses the EFM8SB10F2G in a QFN-20 package. EFM8 series has tons of built in peripherals. Reduced power consumption by 5 fold.
  • KiCad will be adding built in SPICE simulation to the schematic portion. Stephen is now willing to try out the EDA tool.
  • ARM was purchased by SoftBank for $32 Billion. Parker and Stephen talk about the implications of this purchase. The ARM founder isn’t to happy about the deal.
  • Microchip will be boosting the Atmel AVR8 product line later this summer.

PCB Test Jig
Figure 1: Stephen’s SSPS Analog board. Hoping for no smoke monsters!

PCB Test Jig
Figure 2: The Macro Amp is almost complete. Just needs through hole soldering.

PCB Test Jig
Figure 3: Parker’s REV 2 of the MacroWatch with the code ported over from the PIC16 to the EFM8SB.

Special thanks to whixr over at Tymkrs for the intro and outro theme!