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Magical tape, a tiny light sensor, and some new revisions. Check out what we have for this week.
This week we have a few cool new products. If you want your mind blown, be sure to check out the video. The Z-Axis tape is pretty rad. But you should always watch every video. Seriously.
Aside from the fact the chip needs a little pressure, I was pretty impressed with how easy it was to use tape to make a TQFP work without solder. If you have some SMD prototyping to do, I’m sure this could be useful. There are probably tons of other uses, so get some and see if you can think of something cool to do with it.
Z-Axis Tape is essentially conductive double-stick tape, but it only conducts up through the tape, not laterally. So, it will conduct from the bottom to the top, and vice versa, but not side-to-side. This means you can stick down a piece of tape and put an IC, connector, or something else on top and not worry about conducting between pins. Check the video above for a demonstration. This could make a great replacement for zebra connectors as well. We sell the tape in 3-meter strips that are ½" wide.
We have a new logic lever converter this week. This one is a bi-directional converter, so it works well with I2C or SPI, which needs logic translation on both sides. We even have a hookup guide for anyone that wants to use one, but doesn’t know how.
Need a really tiny light sensor? We’ve got you covered. The ALS-PT19 is a tiny SMD light sensor that can also function as an NPN transistor. So if the TEMT6000 is just too large for your application, check this out instead.
Last, we have a couple new wireless modules. We already sell the RFM12 and RFM22, but we only carry them in 434MHz, and these new ones are in 915MHz. The world is a big place, and every country has its own set of usable and ‘no-no’ frequencies, so we carry both now. For amateur use, it doesn’t matter much, but if you’re looking to go into production with a product, it does.
That’s all I have for this week. We have some new stuff on the way for next week, so be sure to check back. Thanks for reading and see you next week!