• on Education & Information
  • Published in issue 5/2001 on page 0
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Online Component Shopping

track down those elusive parts

Two years ago we published an article lamenting the passing of many of the smaller suppliers of components and noting the rise of Internet shopping. Some companies have since folded and others have sprung up to serve the needs of the intrepid electronics enthusiast. We thought it timely to pen an update on the current situation.How often have you been put off building a project when you discover that it specifies really exotic components that no supplier has heard of?It used to be that finding data sheets were a problem not only for the hobbyist but also sometimes for professional engineers. With the advent of the Internet most component manufacturers make this information freely available on their websites and there are now many independent sites dedicated to supplying technical data sheets, all the information you need is just a download away.
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