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Discussion in 'Hobby Electronics' started by Bob Parker, May 3, 2005.

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  1. Bob Parker

    Bob Parker Guest

    In case you don't already know about it, there's a big collection
    of datasheets available for download at They claim to have 1.5 million
    devices on record.
    I tested it by asking for the old TBA750 Philips TV sound chip. It
    was there and I downloaded it successfully, though the download was
    kind-of slow. :)

  2. Guest

    Funny, I was just there for something they don't have. It happens, and
    it was for a Sony so . . . . . . . .

    However that is one of the best online sources for datasheets. If they
    don't have it good luck. While bdent might have it, it's rare if
    datasheet doesn't have it, but it has happened.

    Just wait till I scan my old spec manual from 20 years ago ! The
    problem is that it is small text and will need to be scanned in about
    300 DPI, and there are ALOT of pages.

    I'll see if my OCR program can handle it, but most likely it will be
    JPGs. Now to find a place to host all that.

    Actually for that a P2P network might be best. These are not going to
    be small files.

    Perhaps I'll scan a page and upload it so you know what I mean, also it
    looks like a DOS batch file printed a database, all caps and
    dissipation for example might say 170.000 W. On a power transistor do
    we need to know the rating to the thousandth of a watt ?

    Nonetheless I think it would be a good resource for those fixing old
    stuff. One of these days. I do seriously intend to do it when I get the

  3. Unbeliever

    Unbeliever Guest

    I've found the singularly most useful data sheet
    archive, but it's always good to know of another.

  4. Bob Parker

    Bob Parker Guest

    Hi again Bill!
    Yeh, things aren't too bad Down Under. :) I hope they're going well
    for you "up" there too.
    I was going to mention Free Trade Zone and how their data sheets
    went from free to having to pay for old ones to having to pay for
    It's nice to know that there are still some sites where you can get
    stuff for free. I don't mind the advertising and I might even follow
    the links, as long as I get that data sheet which will let me fix or
    design something. :)

  5. Franc Zabkar

    Franc Zabkar Guest

    If the manufacturer of the device didn't have a datasheet, I'd be
    loathe to design with it.

    - Franc Zabkar
  6. Bob Parker

    Bob Parker Guest

    So would I.

    Bob Parker

  7. Andy Cuffe

    Andy Cuffe Guest

    Don't use JPG for text! JPG is designed for photos and blurs the
    edges of sharp lines such as text, or schematics. A GIF will be
    smaller and look much better.
    Andy Cuffe

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  8. NSM

    NSM Guest

    Use Tiffs with LZW compression. Most OCR programs can handle those. Abby
    Fine Reader is quite good.
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