To use European or Chinese based PCB prototyping services is the question Electronics Lab tries to answer. They order the same PCBs from an European and a Chinese PCB manufacturer, and compare the quality and price differences. Based on their review the quality is the same, while the Chinese board is more than 5 times […]
Florin made a head to head comparison of Seeed and ITead’s inexpensive PCB services. He made the orders with the same design files, on the same day. While the Seeed order came in after 4 weeks, ITead’s came just 15 days after the order was made. The author however suspects it might have been a […]
Megabug received two mysterious PCBs using ITead’s OpenPCB feature. After posting the pics in the forum, diligent members solved the enigma. The black board is a breakout for a passive infrared sensor, while the red board is a open source stepper motor driver called “EasyDriver”. Via the forum.
Tayken used ITead’s openPCB service, and got 2 extra boards along with the 8 he ordered. He was successful in identifying one as the Arduino Nano v3.0 (left). Unfortunately the other was only labeled as a LED driver board (center) without any other info. The board on the right is the one he ordered, it’s […]
Arhi received a mystery PCB with his last ITead PCB order: TFT digital picture frame with in built Real-Time clock and thermometer Designed by: Erick Aubin I assume B1 is a big capacitor, something like 22000uF or similar (judging from the size), USB-BUB is some ft232 or similar usb 2 uart board, x1 is some […]
ITead started offering chemically etched stainless steel stencils. They’re usually used for easy solder paste placement on SMD boards. They recommend their stencils for SMD components with a pin spacing greater than 0.5mm, and passive components in 0603 packages and above. Stencils are 0.1-0.2mm thick, and are supplied with supporting frames. Available frame sizes range […]
Several weeks ago we posted about an X-Mas giveaway from Iteadstudio. We were surprised to see that it arrived during our stay in Tokyo! As it was shipped like a regular letter, we suspect it blasted past bigger parcels and slipped through quite easily. If you’re still waiting for it, and don’t want to know what’s […]
ITEAD has some upgrades on their PCB prototyping services: All PCBs are now 100% e-tested free of charge There is a new standard dimension, 5cmX10cm The thickness of the Color PCB boards can now be selected from 0.8mm to 1.6mm If you chose the lead free HASL option, and have large quantities made, you can […]
The HanRun HR911105A RJ45 ethernet connector used by the Web Platform and Linux development board is cheap in China, but hard to find at your local distributor. Nexus found them at ITead for $3 a piece. Via the contact form.
Another review of ITead’s OverLoad programmable dummy load: All in all, interesting device. The only major flaw I see attm is that instead of using DAC and drive the current value trough mcu they are doing that analogue … I’ll check schematic to see if there is DAC on board at all, but if not […]
tempmj posted his first impressions ITead’s new programmable dummy load. Via the forum.
ITead will start giving away mystery PCBs with every order: At normal when you make your prototyping PCB from us, we just send you 10 pcs of your design, now we offer this OPEN PCB activity to get 2 more PCBs at $0.1 cost. If your design and boards is not Privacy/Private, and it can […]
Schematic and source for ITead’s programmable dummy load are now available.
Itead posts a reaction to EEVblog’s list of PCB manufacturing quirks: Now we remake the boards again with the same gerber file. Today the boards return, we can not wait to start checking the board, and the result make us very disappointed – the factory seems change the gerber again and the boards still not […]
Flemming has a list of tips for PCB manufacturing at ITead. Seeed Studio uses the same PCB shop, so these tips apply to their Fusion board service too. I do all my PCB production at ITead Studio the price is low and their published specs are nice, but there are some quirks that you need […]