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It's Friday, so we have more new products to talk about. Some GPS stuff, some copper tape, and a new magnetic card reader!
Hello everyone! It's Friday again, so we're back to talk about more new products. We don't have much this week, but as always, there's some cool stuff, so check it out.
I'd like to formally apologize for the puns. I'm truly sorry. Now, on to the products!
This new version of the Venus GPS has a lot of little improvements. We've added a pad for a supercap on the bottom, removed some of the useless pins, and cleaned up the layout. If you're looking for a simple GPS module with a 20Hz update rate, you should check out this board. Using different firmwares, you can unlock a lot of different features, including logging.
A long, long time ago we released some copper tape that was 5mm wide. It has a lot of uses from shielding to repairing or creating your own traces. However, what if you need something wider than 5mm? Well, we now carry the same copper tape, but in 2" wide rolls. Now you don't have to use thin 5mm strips to shield an enclosure.
The GP-2106 is a great GPS module, but its size (which is its main selling feature) can be problematic in using it. It has a very small connector and ribbon cable. The GP-2106 Evaluation Board provides a connector for the ribbon cable as well as the logic translation for the 1.8V GP-2106. It also includes an on/off button and a couple of mounting holes.
Magnetic card readers can add some pretty cool functionality to your next project. By simply swiping any magnetic strip through the reader, you can read the information out of the DB9 connector. Our last supplier left Earth to setup operations on Mars, so we had to look for a new one. This new one works the same way as the old one, but uses a PS/2 connector for power, just like the reader/writer that we sell.
Wait, the Pro Micro 5V isn't new?! Well, true. We released one a couple weeks ago, but this is a new revision already. We had a couple of errors with the silkscreen and wanted to tweak the design a bit. This new version fixes those issues and adds a PTC (resettable fuse) and adds a better regulator. If you're not familiar with the Pro Micro, it's an Arduino compatible microcontroller that uses the ATMega32U4 and includes a microUSB connector so you don't need to use an FTDI for loading code. It's small, it's thin, and it's packed with features.
Well, that's all we have for this week. Once our shipments pick back up from the lull created by the Chinese New Year, we'll start having more new products every week. Thanks for reading and see you again next week.