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Old 19th August 2003, 08:03 AM   #1
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Default Are the free samples really free?

For a while now, I've been really curious to find out if the big semiconductor manufacturers know that we are all asking for free samples to make our gear.

That's not to say that we are not experimenting with the samples, which is supposed to be the intention. There are plenty of dis-integrated circuits strewn about to prove that. (Yes...pun intended)

I'm also guessing that some of you work at the big fabs and was wondering what your *personal* opinions are on this and if there is a more strict company line about the situation.

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Old 20th August 2003, 05:08 AM   #2
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Old 20th August 2003, 07:21 AM   #3
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Half of them sell our personal details to pay for the samples so I don't feel to guilty
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Old 20th August 2003, 08:22 AM   #4
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I can get samples rather easy through my work but I find it very easy just to order directly from TI, NS, AD etc.

Some companies are not so keen on spreading samples around but with time you learn which ones are

Yes, they are totally for free!
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Old 23rd August 2003, 09:53 PM   #5
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could someone post a list of companies that will send free samples to england, that i will not have to pay VAT/postage for? i have ordered free samples from TI, but im not sure if other companies will ship to england free/at all.
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Old 23rd August 2003, 10:12 PM   #6
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Well, here is my contribution:

From DHL, TNT and UPS I've received a total of about 100 units of samples coming from TI/Burr Brown, Microchip, ON Semi, Analog Devices and Motorola.

By mail, from Maxim/Dallas and also Microchip.

Wednesday, I've got a surprise in my P.O. Box: one box, about the size of a double CD box full of new products from Maxim/Dallas.

Want to know how much I've been paying for this?

0€ (zero euros)

No VAT, neither Taxes!

There is only one company that don't send me the asked samples, Philips

Hope I helped with something...

BTW, I've here some TO3 OPA's...
High power...
Maybe I'll put in chip amps something with those


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Old 23rd August 2003, 10:19 PM   #7
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LM3875 is no longer free if you ask for samples using personal e-mail (like yahoo, aol, rogers or sympatico). You have to pay shipping of about $12 for 5 pcs.
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i got my lm-3875's for free. They only give you 5 of them though.
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I guess your e-mail address is better than mine

phdaniel#sympatico..ca
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national doesn´t send me any samples - i signed up with university adress and email. everyone else does.
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