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January 2010

Jameco Electronics Newsletter

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Jameco Celebrates 35 Years!

Jameco Invoice The year was 1975 when Jameco put it's very first flyer in the mail advertising the latest integrated circuits. Over 125 catalogs later, Jameco is celebrating its 35th year and we feel as fresh as ever.

Over the course of 2010 we hope you'll see everything we have in store for you. Look for enhancements to the website, the product line and the ease with which you do business with Jameco. But in this newsletter, I'll resist looking forward, and stay focused on celebrating the journey we've traveled.

I recently received a letter from long-time customer, Kevin Meagher, who stated he had been with us since the very beginning. With a bit of a wink I challenged him to prove it. To my surprise and complete amazement he actually sent me a copy of a Jameco invoice from 1977.

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While this is a fine specimen of Jameco history, we started to wonder if anybody else might have a bit of Jameco history dating even further back. Drop me a note with your Jameco specimen and if we publish your Jameco gem, we’ll happily send you a $50 Jameco gift certificate.

So as we head off into a new decade we would like to thank you for your part in helping Jameco reach its 35-year mark. This is just the beginning and we look forward to celebrating many more great years with you.

Greg Harris
Vice President of Marketing
[email protected]
Puzzler 5

The Old Water Trigger Challenge

Veteran puzzler Forrest M. Mims III has designed a new circuit that will trigger an LED when water is present. The Ultra-Simple Sensors Company has assigned its top engineering team the challenge of designing a circuit that triggers when a few milliliters of water is present. Management sees this as a perfect application for everything from basement to boat and any time wet is wrong. Look at the design above and determine what is missing behind the puzzle piece. The goal is to identify the simplest sensor possible.

When you think you know the answer click here.

Build An Ultrasonic Proximity Detector

Proximity Sensor Whether you want to build an automatic flush toilet for your home or design a machine to taunt your cat every time she walks by, our friends from Nuts and Volts Magazine have this great ultra-simple, ultrasonic proximity detector.

Build your own with these step-by-step instructions.

Please don't hesitate to share your invention or project with the Jameco community. It's a great way to show off your solutions to every day problems. Submit your story to [email protected]. If we use your story we'll give you a $50 Jameco gift certificate

Now That's Green Energy

Green EnergyWe've all heard about the potato battery. Chances are that if you're an electrical engineer, you've probably even done experimentation at one point or another. But, as a recent article in Electronic Design points out, potatoes aren't the only creation of mother nature that's capable of generating a little power.

Learn more about the power of trees.

Featured Manufacturer

Jameco is proud to carry products from Hanlong Tools, a manufacturer of crimpers, strippers, cutters, nibbling, and other various hand tools.

See Jameco's complete offering here.

Product Update

Product Update At times the product team moves so fast adding products that we fail to slow down and discuss a product in depth. This is the first in what we hope will be a regular series of articles on Jameco’s new products, where I highlight a handful of exciting new additions to the Jameco lineup.

In this first article we get charged up with a new Mean Well power supply, then we cool down with a recently added fan, we take a leap into the future with a new voice recognition controller and then cap off the article with a new thermoplastic 3D modeling solution.

So, what's new you ask? Learn more about the new products just added to Jameco here...