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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Mike Steward, Jul 18, 2004.

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  1. Mike Steward

    Mike Steward Guest

    I have an ever growing stock of electronic components: transistors, IC's,
    voltage regulators, in various case styles. Many of which are brand new.

    My problem is identifying them. Does any one know how I should go about
    identifying them.

    Mike S.
  2. CFoley1064

    CFoley1064 Guest

    Subject: Component identification ?
    Hi, Mike. Figure out which of the numbers on the device refer to the part
    number, and do an NTE component search$$Search?OpenForm

    When you punch in a part number they may recommend an NTE cross reference. The
    description of that part will give you an idea what your part does. This works
    particularly well with diodes, transistors, SCRs and triacs. NTE also has many
    ICs such as voltage regulators and opamps which they also cross reference.

    If you have them available, sheets of anti-static foam can be used for storing
    the ICs, which are particularly susceptible to ESD (electro-static discharge).

    Good luck
  3. Puckdropper

    Puckdropper Guest

    Sometimes a Catalog like the Radio Shack catalog can help identify the
    components also. You get a picture of different case styles, etc...

  4. Art

    Art Guest

    MCM Electronics has a rather extensive free catalog.
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