Now, I think the Nano was never manufactured by Smart Projects
Arduino LLC shop : exact, no product. But Arduino LLC is not a manufacturer.
Arduino SRL shop : Nano = 20 €, Vat and shipping exclude.
Fake FT232RLs on Arduino Nano Clones
I do not know if you've ever collaborated on the design of an integrated circuit, for me 6 IC and 25 in total for the team where I worked.
The CH 340G appeared about 2 months after the FTDI dispute. It is impossible to design an IC, to manufacture it, to debug it in less than 9 months.
The "counterfeit" circuit and the CH 340G are for me the same die. Two months represents the time required to write the driver.
I haven't heard anything bad about the CH340G, but: They're not supported by the drivers included with the IDE
It is a Microsoft problem!
Windows is a poorly designed operating system, even if since Vista there is enormous progress, but he started down well :grin: . I use Debian since 10 years and I have never had a driver to load, Let me say that, now, I find Windows difficult to use.
[u]It is not permissible to impose a particular component because one OS is poorly designed.[/u]
I trust you on this point, I had not heard of it.
I've seen boards within 2 €, it is clear that this is not reasonable.
UNO R1: Voltage Regulator DPACK package
UNO R2 and following Voltage Regulator SOT223 package
Does anyone can explain to me why Arduino team have reduced the power of the regulator package while still hugely of unused space on the card ?
We must not be naive when bought on Ebay.
On eBay there are two kinds of stores:
1) Those that are specialized in a particular area.
2) Those who sell while anything, and with very low prices. These shops have to be escape. They are often crooks.
If you choose a shop that specializes in electronics, which sells only boards and electronic components you have little risk. They are just a little bit more expensive.