Electronics | References and Resources

By Cris, August 24, 2016
Last updated: June 29, 2018
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Resource and reference index for electronics and related topics

General electronics references include the following categories

  1. Electronics theory and references
    1. Microchip Directory
    2. VGA Museum
  2. Schematics, PCB design and tools
    1. EagleCAD (Paid CAD Schematic and PCB design)
    2. KiCAD (Free Open Source – Schematic and PCB design) – Donate to CERN (Related Posts)
      1. KiCAD Footprints/ 3D Models
      2. Additional Footprints/ 3D Models
      3. Wings3d – Polygon Modeler
    3. PCB Trace Width Calculator (Note: KiCAD features an integrated calculator)
    4. Via Calculator
    5. Retrobrew Computing Hardware and others’ projects
    6. Laptop board schematics – Laptop-Schematics.com
  3. Component suppliers
    1. Small/ local
      1. Saimon
    2. Large
      1. DigiKey
      2. Mouser
      3. Newark Element14/ Farnell
      4. TME Electronic Components
  4. 3D Printing
    1. Software
      1. G Codes
      2. 3ders.org
      3. 3dprintingforbeginners.com
      4. MeshLab
    2. Thingverse
  5. Manufacturing and design
    1. PCB manufacturers
      1. OSH Park
      2. pcb-pool.com
      3. opencircuits.com (List)
  6. Development
    1. Breadboard
    2. Classic microcontroller development platforms
      1. Atmel (AVR, SMART, 8051 platforms) (ATMEL was acquired by Microchip as of 2016)
      2. Microchip PIC
      3. Motorola
      4. Intel
    3. Introductory development platforms
      1. Arduino
      2. BeagleBoard
      3. Raspberry Pi
      4. Intel Edison
    4. Hardware security
      1. Dr. Sergei Skorobagatov at the University of Cambridge
        1. Copy protection in modern microcontrollers (2000)
    5. Reverse engineering
      1. Blog
  7. End-consumer repair guides and manuals
    1. iFixit – (Apple Mac, macOS and iOS devices)