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Free IC Samples: Good or Bad Answered

Every now and then I order a sample of an integrated circuit from companies such as TI, Atmel, or Microchip. But can I get too many. If I order too many do you think they will catch on to my using of their free samples for hobby use and not research? I stopped ordering because I am afraid they might start charging me for all the chips I ordered. What's your opinion?

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Gjdj3

11 years ago

Hey. I have a disorder known as Toomanyprojectus Poorness-us.

Which sites can I use to get free IC's and other components? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks.

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SaintSkinny51792Gjdj3

Reply 6 months ago

I have the same disorder lmao... On top of it I'm so cool, I comment on 11 year old comments.

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gimmelotsarobotsGjdj3

Reply 11 years ago

Texas instruments makes a majority of every chip on the market, start there. You need to create an account with them. Microchip (PIC microcontrollers) gives samples. Again, need an account. So does Atmel. They make the AVR microcontrollers. No account needed for samples. There are lots of other companies, but those are just the main ones I use.

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Gjdj3gimmelotsarobots

Reply 11 years ago

Microchip won't let me order any because they say that I need a "business account." How did you get parts from them?

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gimmelotsarobotsGjdj3

Reply 11 years ago

Well that has changed since I signed up. Try using the email account that came with your internet service.

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guyfrom7upGjdj3

Reply 11 years ago

use a school email only order from places if you actually need the chip, not because "cool i get something for free that if have no use for"

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Big Bwana

10 years ago

They won't charge you, to a large IC manufacturing company this is classed as an advertising expense so it is a tax write off to start with..... And how many is an interesting question, wait till you get to meet and talk to one of the factory reps in person, I have gotten a fully built remote control switch, which the rep insisted I needed of course not to be rude I agreed , large packs of panasonic blue LED's ( yep they are the expensive ones on the back cover of the digikey catalog ) Motorola, ok now freescale has goofed and shipped me full reels of transistors and I offered to ship the reels back and they said to keep them, I guess it cost more to restock them then they are worth ??.... ((( Yes both of those sent out reps to meet and greet, and reps usually do several companies and will offer you products you don't even know you could get samples of, like huge 10lbs heatsinks Thank you wakefield... for a motor speed controller... ))) So just don't abuse it and think of sample amount like this, One to use, One to Abuse, and One to lose... And order three.... And should you ever make some thing, and are going to sell it commercially, make sure some where in there you buy and use one of there products they have so willingly given to you for free....

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Samg1

9 years ago

where can i get blue LEDs and ALLOT of 100 and 1000 ohm resistors?
Thanks

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Sandisk1duo

11 years ago

if you have your credit card number in their system, then you might get charged, otherwise, your good to go.

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littlechef37

11 years ago

YAY Mine Are on the way Fed Ex says they should at my house tomorrow at five pm FINALY.....

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gimmelotsarobots

11 years ago

OH MY GOSH! I really didn't realize so many people didn't know about this! When you go to the website of the manufacturer of the IC you want (say it's a picaxe), You can request free samples of it. You have to choose packageing type I.E. DIP or SOIC, but they come free of charge. You don't even have to pay shipping. Some companies require you to make an account (not a big deal, no credit card info), and others don't. Some companies make you pay for the samples (just a few cents), but that's it! Go to the manufacturer and see if your chip offers samples. When filling out the form, you may require some...imagination.

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zachninmegimmelotsarobots

Reply 11 years ago

Do you even know what SOIC is? Of course you have to chose the packaging type :P

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westfwzachninme

Reply 11 years ago

There's been a distressing trend recently for manufacturers to have "special offers" of chip samples where they DON'T let you pick a package type. Naturally, the package they send is usually ... difficult...

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gimmelotsarobotswestfw

Reply 11 years ago

Ever get one of those ICs the size of a LED? I hate those! The contacts are on the bottom!

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guyfrom7upzachninme

Reply 11 years ago

I think it's small outline integrated chip I rarely use them

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xACIDITYxgimmelotsarobots

Reply 11 years ago

Where is it located at on the site? What are some other manufacturers? I looked on the picaxe site and saw that they can take BASIC. I TOOK BASIC LAST YEAR!

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whatsisfacexACIDITYx

Reply 11 years ago

I never took BASIC and use them for everything :-P

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tech-kinggimmelotsarobots

Reply 11 years ago

this is great! i needed a chip. it looks like i might be able to get it cheap.

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westfw

11 years ago

I'd say that if you're really using the chips, go ahead and ask for samples. The worst that will happen is that you won't get any, and the company may tighten their policies (there are a couple companies that no longer send samples to people with "suspicious" hostnames (.edu sites, "comsumer email" sites (yahoo, gmail, msn, aol, etc) Companies are pretty aware of how "influenced" students are by their positive (or not) experiences with their products... Don't resell free samples, though. That would be ... wrong.

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Goodhartwestfw

Reply 11 years ago

A few times I have gotten "mecanical" samples (functionally unusable, but more for testing if one's current equipment could handle the device).

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xACIDITYx

11 years ago

What are IC's and how can I get them for free?
Do I need to register, pay, or give them a credit card info?

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KitemanxACIDITYx

Reply 11 years ago

Integrated Circuits - chips, of whatever kind.

I'd like to know how to get freebies as well?

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xACIDITYxKiteman

Reply 11 years ago

What could one use Integrated Circuits for. Are they like circuit boards, breadboards of some sort? But yeah, gimmelotsarobots, let the cat out of the bag, man. Quit hogging all of the freebies.

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KitemanxACIDITYx

Reply 11 years ago

They're computer chips - what can't you use them for?

Just search this site for "555" (a simple, yet versatile timer chip).

Of special interest to makers are programmable microcontroller chips (like Picaxe), which are, basically, a whole computer on a single chip.

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xACIDITYxKiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Oh, I'll have to look into it.

I'll be able to experiment with them if gimmelotsarobots would tell me where to get them free!

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zachninmexACIDITYx

Reply 11 years ago

If you don't know what it does, don't order it.

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xACIDITYxzachninme

Reply 11 years ago

Well, after reading a Wikipedia article, I know what they do. But I'll never know in full until I get my hands on one. And by the way, Mom, they're free and it's not like I'm taking 10, I'd only order like 2.

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zachninmexACIDITYx

Reply 11 years ago

You should be able to know exactly what they do by looking at the datasheet. If you can't figure it out from the datasheet, then you won't be able to use it.

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whatsisfacezachninme

Reply 11 years ago

Agreed. On a lighter note, I found a datasheet for a production mouse IC I have lying around! Home made mouse here I come!

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Tool Using AnimalxACIDITYx

Reply 11 years ago

HAHHAAAHAHAAHAA A wikipedia article LOLZ, zach's right, don't waste the resources.

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xACIDITYxtech-king

Reply 11 years ago

If the company produces them and has enough to give them out to people, I'm sure they can spare 1 for lil' old me.

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gimmelotsarobotsxACIDITYx

Reply 11 years ago

Ok everyone, back off. The IC's are in large supply. You don't need to worry. (how do you think I got started). Ok, well, with certain MCUs that is.

replace IC in your statement with any other resource and it explains the problems we have in the world.

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zachninmeTool Using Animal

Reply 11 years ago

Amen! My head's spinning with the possibilites. Naughty, nice, and naughty-to-a-conservative.

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tech-kingxACIDITYx

Reply 11 years ago

if you dont really know how to use it, or arent into electronics, spare it for those who do need it or know how to use it.

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guyfrom7uptech-king

Reply 11 years ago

yep, and I won't tell you how to get free samples because you don't know what to do with it. IC's that'd I've sampled: CMOS 555 from IT because normal ones can't do 2.1mhz various boost converters from maxim stuff for my cnc machine a couple uControllers, but I just bought a ton, so I don't need samples anymore ... I think that's it

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tech-kingguyfrom7up

Reply 11 years ago

can you pm me the links? please? i could use some motor controllers, and i actually need the cmos 555 for a jacobs ladder project.

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gimmelotsarobotsxACIDITYx

Reply 11 years ago

Well LM339 op amps and 555 timers are a good start. Find yourself a good book/internet guide though. Search the internet for an IC and when you find a manufacturer, go to the webpage for that IC. Somwhere on that page you can request samples. You may have to make and account.