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May 19, 2007

Octopart — 'Search engine for electronic parts'


It is what it says.

Arwen O'Reilly featured it in her "Tips and Tricks" column in the latest issue (Volume 10) of MAKE magazine, as follows:

    Smart Parts

    Eric Wilhelm raves about octopart.com, a search engine for electronic parts. "You enter the part number, or simply its title or use, and Octopart returns the best matched components, their prices and availability from several suppliers, and links to the catalog pages. What's even more exciting is the concept of Octopart searching through a web page, determining which specific parts are mentioned, and generating a personalized shopping cart with the cheapest and most readily available parts."


I wouldn't know — the only electronic parts I'm comfortable with are light bulbs and such.

Not true for lots of you, though, of that I'm certain.

Why, I have reason to believe that one of my readers is right now on the verge of creating the world's first wormhole detector.

How do I know this?

Because I hear tapping sometimes up inside my skull, when it's really quiet outside.

What else could it be?

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Octopart is a great site although it would be better if their data was up-to-date. If you cant find data on octopart you can probably find it here: Datasheets or for part sourcing here: FindChips. They are good alternatives.

Posted by: Mark Simpson | Feb 12, 2008 9:16:47 AM

Octopart is an interesting and useful website. If they could get their data as live feeds it would be better.

Posted by: Becky | Feb 1, 2008 12:35:56 PM

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