Another Box Full of New Products!

We have another week full of new products for you this Friday, as well as a new studio design.

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It's Friday again, so we have more new products to talk about. It's been a little slow with new products lately, but we do have some pretty cool ones worth talking about. But first, let's take a look at the video.

I have to admit, it's a little intimidating being surrounded by that many red SparkFun boxes. But at the same time, it's feels a little cozy. Here are the products for this week.

For all the robot builders out there, we have some new batteries to go with our new charger! We have 7.4v batteries in  2200mAh, 1000maH, and 500mAh capacities as well as a 11.1v 1300mAh pack as well. Both connect directly to the charger and have more than enough power for most robotic applications.

SMD soldering requires you to handle very small parts. A good pair of tweezers is necessary. Thankfully, we have two new sets of tweezers that should help you out a bit. We have one that's curved (for picking up ICs) and one that's straight. Both are ESD safe and SparkFun red.

The GainSpan WiFi Breakout is an alternative to the WiFly modules and breakouts we've been selling. They support a few new features and are a bit cheaper as well. If you're looking at adding WiFi to your next project, check out either the new GainSpan or the WiFly products.

Need more PWM pins? You might want to take a look at the TLC5940Breakout. It uses the TLC5940 to give you 16 PWM outputs and can also be daisy-chained to get even more. Use this to control your next large-scale LED display.

If you've grown beyond traditional microcontrollers and need something a bit more powerful, maybe you want to use an FPGA. The Altera Cyclone II is a low-cost FPGA can do almost anything you could dream up.

We also have two new PICs. These are very similar to what's used in the IOIO Development Board for Andriod. These ICs have a lot of features and are pretty powerful. We have both the PIC24FJ128DA206 and the PIC24FJ128DA106.

Well, that's all for this week. Hope there's something here you can use and we'll be back next week with more new products. Thanks for reading.

Comments 90 comments

  • npflood / about 13 years ago / 6

    I really like the red boxes background! Really makes the colors pop in the videos.

    • SomeGuy123 / about 13 years ago / 2

      I wonder if they actually use the boxes in the wall.

  • Totally unrelated to this post, but...
    I found an easter egg! Entering "foobar'; drop table products; --" into the search box gives you - well, try it yourself. ;-)
    Hehehehehehe. Brilliant, guys.

    • Erik-Sparkfun / about 13 years ago / 5

      Now the question is - why did you even try it in the first place?

    • TeslaFan / about 13 years ago / 1

      It took me a while to figure out what was going on and why anyone would even think to do that. LOLOL
      That SparkFun would think to add that line as searchable, and link the linked... link is just priceless.

  • robint91 / about 13 years ago / 3

    it is paste flux!

    • DmitryS / about 13 years ago / 1

      I've recently bought a chineese soldering paste. It was of pure white color, and it was a very good, but aggressive flux.

    • SuperFlux / about 13 years ago / 1

      That was my first thought too. Hey there's always the taste test

    • duckythescientist / about 13 years ago / 1

      I am in agreement. It is the same color as the stuff I use.

    • Sparkst3r / about 13 years ago / 1

      i think it is too because i have got something similar

    • That's what we're thinking. In any event, it was supposed to be 50g of soldering paste. It's neither soldering paste (maybe paste flux IS soldering paste) nor 50g.

      • Mysterio / about 13 years ago / 2

        I'll give ya a quarter for it.

      • Luke6 / about 13 years ago / 1

        It's flux, but I don't know if it can be used to solder electronics. I have something similar from dealextreme. It says it's PH7 and noncorosive, but when I put a PH indicator strip in it it says PH4. It did not corrode the board I used it on though, but I won't use it any more.
        Any idea what it is? Chemically?

      • cjenkins / about 13 years ago / 1

        Do you want to know what it is?
        Check this video.
        I bought one of those too, it is called "solder paste", is used to solder decorative windows.

      • makomk / about 13 years ago / 1

        I've noticed there's a lot of stuff listed as "soldering paste" on sites like DealExtreme that obviously isn't just from looking at the pictures, and it generally looks quite similar to that. So whatever kind of mislabelling it is, it's a common one...

      • SomeGuy123 / about 13 years ago / 1

        You should give that stuff away as part of a contest.

      • robint91 / about 13 years ago / 1

        What happens if you make it hot with a soldering iron? Becomes it liquid? and stiky?
        FOR SCIENCE!

  • MrTangent / about 13 years ago / 2

    Equally fun: search for "vegetablelike ; hydropericarditis"

  • Mike27 / about 13 years ago / 2

    Altera FTW!
    Also Rob, the boxes really limit your wardrobe; no more red Sparkfun shirts for you!

    • Haha, yeah, I know. I still have plenty of black and white SparkFun shirts though. I might wear a red one just to see what happens.

      • SomeGuy123 / about 13 years ago / 1

        You could turn it into a giant "red screen" with some chroma key.

  • vmspionage / about 13 years ago / 2

    A bare Cyclone isn't much good to me... how about a Cyclone II starter kit like this?

    • We used to sell something similar to that, but it didn't sell well.

      • vmspionage / about 13 years ago / 2

        Yeah I remember that, plus you've still got the Spartan 3E... I think FPGAs are a little beyond what most people are looking for in the hobbyist community. :/

        • Well its not that they are beyond hobbyist. It is just not widely used and there is very little code in the wild when you compare it to Arduino and Propeller platforms. If you can code an Arduino you can learn Verilog and work with FPGAs. FPGAs are too powerful to write off.
          With a little work you can pair a FPGA and a Arduino for the ultimate Dev kit. Arduino does the uC and high level stuff and the FPGA takes care of all your glue logic.

          • Applekid / about 13 years ago / 1

            I know if there were some good tutorials and guides I could use for self study I'd be tempted to give it a whirl.

            • What would be a good first project? Blink a LED? Then move to a LED matrix?

              • SomeGuy123 / about 13 years ago / 1

                It all depends on you skill level. Some people are "naturals" at electronics, and go straight to large projects. Others prefer to just buy an Arduino and blink a few LEDs.

                • I think I will just copy how the Arduino introduces people and copy their projects. FPGAs are just so useful and once you grasp how easy Verilog is then there is no limit but you have to overcome the difficulty barrier in thinking in terms of designing hardware instead of designing software to control hardware.
                  Once I get my current project out of the way I will probably start this. Key will be making the hardware platforms inexpensive and competitive to the Arduino mega.
                  I bought this "break out board" on ebay for a Altera Cyclone II Ran $50. Make something in the same footprint as the Arduino Mega and you got yourself a winner.

          • Quazar / about 13 years ago / 1

            I love the idea of the Atmel AT94KAL (FPSLIC) family. It marries a FPGA and an ATmega processor core on a single chip.
            The only downside is that it doesn't have built-in flash, so you have to use an external serial flash chip to get your code/config data into the device at power-up.
            Also, I tried for a while to sort out the toolchain, but it did not appear to be entry-level friendly.
            Seems like this part with a simplified toolchain would be an awesome hobbyist part.
            - Dean

            • I will have to look into that! The propeller doesn't have a built in rom for the program so you have a I2C eeprom.
              I already have a propeller sending serial data to a Cyclone 2 FPGA. Works just like a 74HC595 except its 256 bits long. Could easily get the Uno or Mega talking to it as well. Will have to look into this.

      • BB / about 13 years ago / 1

        But why do you expect that the bare Altera FPGA chip will sell any better?

  • PaulL / about 13 years ago / 2

    The Chinese on the box literally says soldering "oil" (or grease) so whoever translated it was probably not aware that soldering paste refers to something more specific.
    焊油 appear to be of the same function as flux, if not actually flux... or something you'd use for non-electrical, general metal soldering.

    • You win. Seriously, thanks! The other stuff we got with it was actually solder paste but this was not. Thanks for that!

  • SomeGuy123 / about 13 years ago / 2

    And I thought my collection of boxes was big.

  • TeslaFan / about 13 years ago / 2

    Did you put batteries into that robot? Just because something has a solar panel doesn't mean it's actually "Solar Powered".
    Slap a SparkFun logo and a Flame Thrower on that robot and you have a product!

  • SlyVixsky / about 13 years ago / 2

    thought: offset the wall boxes, then you could pull the one out with new products in it :)

    • SomeGuy123 / about 13 years ago / 1

      Or they could use a quadcopter. Those things are pretty agile.

  • alstonp / about 13 years ago / 1

    Try using a clamp-on light fixture with a 75- or 100-Watt incandescent lamp to power the robot.
    I built some solar-powered car kits for a project at school a few months ago and needed outdoor or incandescent light to make them work.

  • Member #231450 / about 13 years ago / 1

    Can I use any of the 7.4V batteries to power my Asus eee pc? The original battery is 7.4V with 4800mAh. I don't understand what the mAh rating means.

  • stephenphill / about 13 years ago / 1

    It's spelled correctly in the page it links to, though.

  • urjaman / about 13 years ago / 1

    Search for "; table drop" (I think these three items in any order (with or without spaces, and ignoring all other characters) is the match... ";tabledrop" "table;drop" "droptable;"... ) :P

  • GordonM / about 13 years ago / 1

    So they've finally put him in a padded room :P
    Nice new products.

  • hobgoblin612 / about 13 years ago / 1

    i hate u dboy.(jokes) i just wasted like 2 hours of my life reading those cartoons!!!!

  • Audiobuzz / about 13 years ago / 1

    I know every language and country is different but I don't think I'll ever get used to the way Americans pronounce 'solder'.
    Just sounds too close to other nsfw words.

    • raul7 / about 13 years ago / 1

      Well, Americans pronounce it in more than one way I suppose, depending on what country are you refering to, because America is a continent with many countries, right?

      • SomeGuy123 / about 13 years ago / 1

        On the internet, America usually refers to the United States of America. Otherwise, it refers to two continents: North and South America.

    • Ocean Controls / about 13 years ago / 1


    • SomeGuy123 / about 13 years ago / 1

      How do you pronounce it?
      It should be pronounced [sod-er].

  • RCModelReviews / about 13 years ago / 1

    Yes, the stuff in that flat round tin is a form of flux -- but it's not a very good flux. Like SFE, I ordered a range of "Soldering Paste" options from China and ended up with just one (quite good) 50g tub of true solder paste. The real stuff was in a tiny cylindrical container. All the other stuff (in those flatter tins) was a form of flux. Hopefully SFE found the right stuff -- it works very well and is very economically priced.

  • Cary Swoveland / about 13 years ago / 1

    If you're like me, and have no idea what an FPGA is, see, for example,

  • Sparkst3r / about 13 years ago / 1

    I think the random tub that says solder paste is flux in a solid form because when going through an old parts box i found something similar that said flux on it

  • MoriFi / about 13 years ago / 1


  • Valen / about 13 years ago / 1

    The whole 3 minutes I was expecting someone to bust through the wall of boxes and create a mayhem.

    • SomeGuy123 / about 13 years ago / 1

      I was expecting a bunch of Rover platforms to come bursting out with the new products on top of them.

      • Both are great ideas! I'll keep them in mind for future videos.

        • Unh0ly_Tigg / about 13 years ago / 1

          You should make a Rover platform with the makerbeam that is able to shoot dart guns and then shoot Dave with it!

  • AlanS / about 13 years ago / 1

    Keep the red boxes, what a wicked background

  • Finnishguy / about 13 years ago * / 1

    Nothing. Stupid me..

  • Azayles / about 13 years ago / 1

    Some solar panels don't work with indoor lighting, and actually need sunlight. So give the lil robot a run outside.

  • Sweet lithiums! Decent prices to!

  • MrJ / about 13 years ago / 1

    holly crap-olla that red!

  • "...we've been selling. They support a few new feature and are a bit cheaper as well..."

  • Ah man, I thought the walls meant you would be introducing Red Boxes for sale...
    Also, that mystery stuff? Looks like... tea tree lotion. They could have at LEAST mixed soot and Topricin, that would have looked maybe kinda like solder paste...

  • Attie / about 13 years ago / 1

    Is the "solder paste" actually flux?

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