Prices – where art thou bro’?

Prices – the e-selling websites that cannot help If there is one thing that gets my goat are websites that are supposedly reselling gear but do not advertise pricing. Yes, I know competition is rife, I also know that many websites advertising their wares have no intention of getting the wares in the first place.…

Advanced Motor Vehicles - the Peugeot HYbrid

Advanced Motor Vehicles – what the future holds

Advanced Motor Vehicles – from ECUs to ADAS Modern vehicle technology has become increasingly more sophisticated, simple buttons and switches belie the complex analogue and digital circuitry hidden beneath steel, metal and plastic. In the 1970s CDI and electronic fuel injection were slowly becoming mainstream and it was not long thereafter that the Engine Control…

Consumer Goods - counterfeit, knockoffs and grey imports

Consumer Goods – the cost of buying cheap

Consumer Goods – there is no free lunch Whilst a great many consumers are very price conscientious, many fall foul of the two most common traps – unknown grey imports and street peddling. Have you ever heard of anyone buying a bargain on the street corner? I doubt it. One of the more recent scams…

World's Top Companies - Samsung

The Global Top Semiconductor Companies

Top Semiconductor Companies – 1) Intel 2) Samsung 3) TSMC  (May 2014) Now that we have just added Texas Instruments to our business listing ( about time) it also made us think about the top semiconductor companies in the world. What direction are they taking and how does it all affect us? The first three…

Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments is known to be one of the most ethical companies globally. TI = Think.Innovate

About TI:
TI is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company.
Operating in 35 countries
Serving more than 100,000 customers worldwide
Innovating for nearly 85 years
More than 100,000 analog ICs and embedded processors, along with software and tools
Industry’s largest sales and support staff

Who we are
For more than 80 years, Texas Instruments has used increasingly complex signal-processing technology – with advances ranging from the incremental to the revolutionary – to literally and repeatedly change the world.

Every day, our semiconductor innovations help 90,000 customers unlock possibilities for a smarter, safer, greener, healthier and more enjoyable world. Our focus on building a better future is ingrained in everything we do, from responsible semiconductor manufacturing, to employee care and active involvement with the communities we live in.

TIers are a tremendously diverse group, coming from every continent, embracing scores of different cultures and viewpoints, and speaking dozens of languages; yet we all share a passion for discovery. After all, innovation is what we do.

TI’s amazing past is a prologue to an even more incredible future. And in many ways, our story is just beginning.

What we stand for
We dream big, just like you. But we don’t take shortcuts. Our core beliefs – high ethical standards, respect for individuals, an appreciation for long-term relationships, a concern for the environment and a commitment to the communities we live in – are the same now as they were when TI was founded more than 80 years ago.

But innovation isn’t enough to succeed in the long run. Trust matters. We treat our customers with respect and deliver on our commitments, always with a keen eye on tomorrow’s possibilities.

We’re moving with you into a new century, one good decision at a time. TIers embrace professionalism and honesty and see mistakes and setbacks as stepping stones to success. Without first making some mistakes, Jack Kilby wouldn’t have given us the integrated circuit, and Larry Hornbeck wouldn’t have invented DLP technology.

Knowing what’s right, doing what’s right and valuing what’s right are integral components of TI’s culture. This passion has always been a large part of our identity; and it will continue to be reflected in the way we treat our customers, each other, our shareholders and our communities.

Asus Xonar U7

Asus Xonar U7 and Focusrite Scarlett 18i20

Asus Xonar U7 – adding a touch of class to your notebook audio Although we do not as a rule do comparison tests it was interesting to get a contributor write in whom had purchased both the Asus Xonar U7 and the Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 external audio interfaces. Here are his comments: Needing a high…

Toroidal Mains Transformer

Mains Transformers – Finding an economical source

Where to Buy Mains Transformers So now you have built your circuit and need a cheap mains transformer to power it. The bad news is that even ‘cheap’ transformers are no longer found on the supplier shelves. By cheap, I mean more economical alternatives. For smaller circuits the tendency is for the user to buy…

Gainclone Amplifier

What is a Gainclone Amplifier

What is a Gainclone Amplifier? Although this is an old topic it shows no signs of disappearing off the map.  Wikipedia describes it as such: “Gainclone or chipamp is a type of audio amplifier made by do-it-yourselfers, or individuals interested in DIY audio. It is a design based on high-power integrated circuits, particularly the National…