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I see lots of people here saying they get free sample chips from the manufacturers but I've never tried it...

What manufacturers will send free stuff? How easy it it? How often can you do it?

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All component manufactures have a sampling program.  Sometimes you click the link that says "order samples" sometimes you have to talk to a salesperson.

Keep in mind that not all manufacturers that offer samples will sample to hobbyist or people who aren't going to be buying a large quantity.
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 Look for a thread called "your latest sample" in bar sport.

Here is one helpful link: http://www.ladyada.net/library/procure/samples.html
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And Google makes it real easy too... my "company" name is Wild Blue Yonder Engineering... I've used it for years and it's worked well. I feel that freebies (samples) are a gift, you Never ask for more and Never complain... just order the right one next time.

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I simply used my college email to order samples and used them as my "business or organization." Which wasn't even lying... I can't help if they assumed I was buying on behalf of the school.
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GREAT IDEA.... I Love it.. Seriously one of the best success  stories I've heard yet about successfully getting samples. When I worked for a living samples were no problem.
I lost a 50 Lb,  25 KG box of samples when my wife died, I was stocking up for my retirement... AS Many and as much as I could, frequently I told sales rep's my exact purpose and they helped even more...

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Look for a thread called "your latest sample" in bar sport.

Here is one helpful link: http://www.ladyada.net/library/procure/samples.html

My absolute most favorite thread because I posted it.  smiley  http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/topic,119701.0.html

The Adafruit guide is a lot of help and I can say it is correct.  I've even made additions.  I added this manufacturer, no one had caught on that they do samples until I put it up last week:

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Self-described "largest" manufacturer of MCUs in the world allows small qty sampling of their MCUs - right on the top page. Just ordered a R5F562N8BDFP. Apparently they only allow Qty 1 of 1 part, but with free overnight shipping the gross inefficiency of this setup is on them and not you. They just got back to me. My order of one hour ago has already shipped, UPS 1 day with a tracking number. Can't argue with free, fast, and professional, even if it is for one $9 part.

Still not sure what I am going to do with that part.  The Atmel and Microchip stuff I have a plan.  The 200MSPS ADC from TI (ADS58B18) I have half a plan.

Last samples from Atmel I received 2 ATMEGA2560-16AU and 2 ATXMEGA128A1-AU.  The 2560s I know how to get to work at least.
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lol, just got shipping conformation from Atmel for 3x 1284s, 3x 644p, and 3x 328s.  Went through LadyAda's sample page and clicked on every site for samples.  Waiting on the other sites to reply with shipping or not...
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lol, just got shipping conformation from Atmel for 3x 1284s, 3x 644p, and 3x 328s.  Went through LadyAda's sample page and clicked on every site for samples.  Waiting on the other sites to reply with shipping or not...

I want to know what you ordered from TI, Analog, and Linear.  They have the coolest stuff (converters - ADCs and DACs).
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I got some TLC5951's from TI as free samples - I can't find anywhere in the UK that stocks them or which doesn't cost £20 in postage. I also in the past got 3 DRV8824PWP's which are sold at £10 a shot so saved me quite a bit.
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lol, just got shipping conformation from Atmel for 3x 1284s, 3x 644p, and 3x 328s.  Went through LadyAda's sample page and clicked on every site for samples.  Waiting on the other sites to reply with shipping or not...

I want to know what you ordered from TI, Analog, and Linear.  They have the coolest stuff (converters - ADCs and DACs).

I forget what I ordered and now it won't let me log in.  so idk.  

But I just got 2 more shipping conformations.

Ordered around 6 different connectors (with more than 1 per) from Tyco and they ship by FEDEX 3 day.  
Order some Multiplexers and shift registers from Fairchild.  They ship UPS 2nd day air.

Should be getting most of these by the end of the week.  They were mostly easy, just have to act like a company with real goals.  Also write like you have some intelligence.

Just tried with ST Microelectronics (http://www.st.com/) and their website sucks.  Keeps giving me internal server errors.
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Just tried with ST Microelectronics (http://www.st.com/) and their website sucks.  Keeps giving me internal server errors.

I had some trouble with them too.  I think I had to ditch IE and use Firefox with their webapp.  Also, the last time I ordered something there it disallowed parts that it allowed me to add to the order right at the end (old Dallas battery backed SRAM modules, e.g. http://www.digikey.com/product-search/en?lang=en&site=us&KeyWords=M48Z08).  But they did send the MEMS mics and MEMS 3-axis accelerometer/magnetometers with no issues.  I am going to try for the NVRAMs next time...

ST has a great parametric search app.  I wouldn't say it sucks, but it is incompatible with some browsers so they need to work on it.  It's slick as heck when it works.
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I used Opera (Latest Stable Build), Firefox (latest), and IE....

I spent about an hour trying different things, along with different items.  Still the same thing..  Was trying to look for a webmaster address, but they don't have any contacts like that.  It's their loss if someone was actually trying to purchase legitimately.
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I used Opera (Latest Stable Build), Firefox (latest), and IE....

I spent about an hour trying different things, along with different items.  Still the same thing..  Was trying to look for a webmaster address, but they don't have any contacts like that.  It's their loss if someone was actually trying to purchase legitimately.

Well, check back in a week.  I am sure they are working on it if it is even still a problem.  I will be checking back in 2 weeks to try for those NVRAMs again.  I want to give at least 30 days between sample orders.
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 Last night I ordered some EEPROM from http://am.renesas.com/
 
 I would have liked to get a UC chip but, I don't know if I could put them to use.

I will post if I get the shipment.

 
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