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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Frank Pickens, Sep 6, 2003.

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  1. I am in the process of designing and building a super design/breadboard
    lab. I realize one can be bought for less money than I'll probably have
    in this one but prototypes are expensive and I have designs on making a
    few for resale if I like the prototype. The specifications I am
    designing for follows:

    1) Breadboard with 2200 + tie points
    2) 4 Power supplies. +5, +12, -12 and 0-30 Volts variable.
    3) Square wave clock 1hz to 100khz in 5 ranges.
    4) Function generator producing square, sine and ramp waveforms
    5) Built in frequency counter switchable to monitor clock, func
    generator and probe for external measurements.
    6) 4 potentiometers - 5k, 50k, 500k, 1 meg
    7) Audible logic probe.
    8) 8 LED buffered state indicators.
    9) Built in 8 ohm speaker.
    10) Phone line input for designing devices that use the phone line.
    11) 600 ohm line coupling transformer.
    12) 4 pushbutton strobes with both pulse hi and pulse low outputs.
    13) 4 SPDT toggle switches (uncommitted)
    14) A few debounced pushbuttons
    Since I am somewhat of a fanatic about things having a professional
    appearance, the overall construction would be as follows:

    Wooden base slanted. Heavy gauge aluminum for the top surface which
    would be spray painted black. and silkscreened with white paint to
    identify the controls and components. Top exactly 1 square foot.

    A commercially made unit with the above specs sells for $400.00 +

    Here's the question: If I could produce these units with a selling price
    of approximately $250.00 would I find a market? Anyone have ideas for
    additional features? I'll probably have $500.00 in this thing before the
    prototype is ready because I am having the PCBs made professionally.

    Any ideas?
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