Monday, December 3, 2007

New Blog Subscription Link and Boo on Advanced Circuits

After getting a request to have a subscription to the blog, I've finally found a way to do it by using a Google group. All you have to do is put your email into the box on the right side of the main page, click "Subscribe", and then click the link in the email that is sent to you to confirm the subscription.

So I was initially going to send the nRF24LU1 board off to Advanced Circuits, but apparently they don't allow panelization on their boards. Totally uncool. So I cancelled my order and I'm going to go with Gold Phoenix this time around, and I'm also going to have them make the programmer/prototyping board I'm working on. That should be up in a day or two. Hopefully this will actually work.

Edit: I now have nRF24LU1 breakout boards for sale at!



At January 2, 2008 at 5:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

As an aside, here are my PCB manufacturers.
for small qt prototypes fabrication, I prefer Olimex:

And for higher qties, is fine to me.

I don't know if it's any better than your manufacturer, just a hint.


At January 2, 2008 at 9:39 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've found these links to a USB driver for the nRF24LU1 with flash programming :

firmware description:

firmware zip:

Maybe that's what you've been looking for ?


At January 12, 2008 at 4:08 PM , Blogger brennen said...

I actually went with Gold Phoenix in China. I hate to do things overseas, but the domestic manufacturers just couldn't offer me the flexibility that Gold Phoenix did. Plus, I got the boards at my place in less than a week from the time I sent in the order. That's pretty excellent if you ask me.

The FAQ's you mentioned are for the nRF24L01, and not the nRF24LU1. I am making progress towards getting some 24LU1 chips and getting a working programmer for it. I appreciate your help, though!

At March 21, 2008 at 6:21 PM , Blogger justinm said...

I've had great luck with Gold Phoenix. Myself and some co-workers regularly order from them. $150 for a panel, silk on both sides, shipped just can't be beat. Some students I am mentoring just ordered a board from Advanced Circuits and the quality was really sub-par relative to GP. The overseas thing bugs me too, as does the likely lack of environmental oversight, but finding a stateside board house that doesn't export manufacturing - for a reasonable hobby price - seems next to impossible.

At December 11, 2009 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't say I have the best experience with Advanced circuit either.

With small quantities I've always gone with Olimex.For high layer, larger quantities I've been going PCB Universe:

PCB Universe has a U.S. design house (though i believe their boards are made in taiwan) . . . Good price and always excellent customer service.

At March 5, 2010 at 12:12 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try PCB International. Their boards are alway very high quality ~ you can get 2 layer 100 square inches for $94 and I don't believe they charge extra for panelization and multiple designs. Here is there site:

At October 27, 2010 at 2:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

try International Circuits Inc.!

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