New stuff, with a pile of new stuff on top.


Very sorry for the site downtime early this morning. Thanks to our excellent IT staff, everything is back up and in working order now!

Did you know SparkFun was one of top 110 finalists to be named a Colorado Companies To Watch? Are we being watched for good or for bad? We’re not sure at this point.

Rojas is working on some video sweetness. Checkout the recap of the AVC:


Really nice if you hit the HQ button ^

Speaking of AVC - Nathan will be chatting with the Make Radio folks this Friday (4/24) about the autonomous vehicle competition and other fun SparkFun facts.

Onto new products:



I don't care what anyone says, there are two things that make a good project: blinking LEDs, and good buttons. This is a good, solid, nice feeling 12mm push button. Simple.



We are starting to roll out the Arduino Pros with ATmega328 support! The first to arrive is the 5V/16MHz standard. More coming soon! We also got the ATmega328 DIP with bootloader pre-burned.



This is a breakout board for the HTC ExtUSB connector that is found in phones like the Android G1. Opens up the hardware interface to any phone that uses the connector.



Here is a SMD DC to DC converter module that can deliver up to 5A of regulated output current. Programmable output via external resistor from 0.75 to 5.5VDC.



Here is an enhanced PICAXE28

chip with 8x memory and many additional features such as I2C bus support. PICAXE is a great entry level PIC microcontroller system, check out the complete line.



900MHz duck antenna for the extremely powerful XBee Pro 900’s. You’ll probably need a Yagi antenna (poor Uda never gets mentioned) to get 15 mile range, but this little antenna is still pretty good.



New tools for all of your electronic and mechanical needs; a reversible screwdriver and a hobby knife.



As circuits get smaller, eyes need to get better. This is a 10x magnifier that fits around your head. Our production shop uses these extensively.



The small connector above is a U.FL connector. This thing is tiny. Commonly used on the XBee modules as a reliable coax connector. The cable to the right is terminated as a U.FL to SMA. Keep in mind we also sell U.FL to RP-SMA, so that you can connect both SMA and RP-SMA antennas to the U.FL connector.

http://www.sparkfun.com/tutorial/news/FF9I5WEFTNHEJ6J.MEDIUMI.jpg

Watts-Your-Consumption: A UK wireless power meter built from SparkFun parts. Thanks Matt!


Comments 15 comments

  • Whoever does your video editing- give him a raise.

  • Uda does get mentioned in relation to the Yagi-Uda antenna quite frequently. The one I feel bad for is Viesbicke, the one who did most of the work used by the design handbooks for Yagi-Uda antenna.

  • can we get some sparkfun cheerleader pics up?

  • colorado has more elk than companies.
    its true! ive been all over the backcountry.

  • From a visually appealing website to great products, Sparkfun is doing a lot right. Keep up the good work.
    On an aside, Any luck on getting some RP-SMA patch cables with a Male/Female RP-SMA fitting on each end?

    • We got some sample adapters in and they look good. Are you look for a SMA cable extender?

  • Hope you like the watts-your-consumption and unashamedly if you want to vote for it at Instructables its in a competition that closes on Sunday!
    For those interested in the project I am planning to have the code up on a google group in a couple of days time.
    M

  • Your Welcome?

  • Any plans of porting the Arduino Mega to the Arduino Pro or Pro Mini form factor ?
    I personally think to maintain backward compatibility with the Arduino Duemilanove Shields, the mega has become too big in its size than needed for the circuitry!
    Any plans on decreasing the size ?

    • Hmm - I hadn’t thought about it. The mega is named ‘mega’ for a reason ;)

      • I can think of two reasons someone would use the Arduino Mega. More I/O is the obvious one. More memory may not be so obvious.
        For those who just need more memory, an “Arduino Mega Mini” could have an AVR mega128 (using the 7x7mm mlf-44 package) on the same size board as the Arduino Mini.
        Just a thought…


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