September’s ware was guessed in a flash. I didn’t expect it would be so easy — I had posted just one side of the controller board originally (the other images were added after the correct guesses started rolling in). It seems many folks have seen the Leap Motion controller’s guts already. Plum33 was the correct first guess, email me for your prize!
Nothing says “I love you” quite like a fake ON-semi 16-pin SOIC.
Mitch Davis sent me this photo, posted in a Chinese-only trade group chat room for chip sellers in Huaqiangbei. The poster said, “Does anyone know who supplies this chip, my customer needs it urgently!”
I figure if you can put any fake markings on any chip, this would be a romantic way to give a sly wink to that girl in the material quality inspection office you’ve had eyes on. Now all we need are “will you marry me” chips: “Hey darling, can you help me rework this board? I can’t quite make out the part number on this chip…” Now the hard part is, what chip would be most appropriate for the big question?
The Ware for September 2013 is shown below.
Just barely made the month of September! It’s been a hectic month, and it looks like I’ll be struggling to keep up for the rest of the year. So many things I’d like to write about, but so little time!
The Ware for August 2013 was an APC Mobile Power Pack, model number UPB10. I bought it several years ago, apparently before they had efficient single-chip solutions for battery packs. One of the nice things about this pack is it provides a “true” 1.6A at 5V output, i.e. it can pump out that current until the battery is depleted, unlike cheaper packs which may be rated for about that much current but can only supply it for short bursts before the internal regulators overheat and shut down. The pack itself serviced me well for years, until the ultrasonic welds that held together the case-halves failed, spilling its guts, and giving us last month’s ware in that process.
Lots of people guessed it was a power pack, but Kevin was the first to call the exact model and make. Congrats, email me for your prize.