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Free electronic component samples

January 4, 2008

A few weeks back I was searching for some semiconductor switches for a project I have planned. As I was searching the Maxim website (no not the site related to the magazine, the electronic component manufacture!!) and reading the data sheets I noticed that you can request free samples. So, I produced a list of components that could be useful for what I needed and requested some. Today I received a couple of packages with eight semiconductor ICs. This is a great service for the homebrewer who wants only a specific IC or two. One thing I should point out are that many of the ICs are surface mount packaged, so if you are wanting the larger DIP packaging then look and order carefully. As I plan on experimenting with surface mount components I did order some of the SOIC packaged items.

Maxim package

Thank you Maxim for a great service.

What’s the project you ask? Well that will be for a future post.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. indra permalink
    February 7, 2008 11:30 am

    How to get free samples of Maxim’s component???

  2. va3stl permalink*
    February 7, 2008 7:43 pm


    Thanks for the question.

    Here is what I did. Go to the Maxim website: and look for the component you want.

    For example, here is the page for the audio/video switches

    Look at the right hand side and you will see ‘ordering information’ at the end of the row for a component. Click on that and you will find something like

    Here you can see options to buy as well as an option for a sample. Of course not all product are available free. Note the pdf of the data sheet for the component is available there. I recommend you check the specs before selecting to make sure it is what you want for your application.

    They will want details about you when you go to check-out your samples and you can only request a few, but you have to option to buy as well.

    I hope this helps you.


    • Silvrado permalink
      September 16, 2009 12:36 pm

      i did that and got page saying…..

      Order Denial

      Sorry, we do not support sample requests from distributor/resellers via this site. Go to Buy Now link above in order to place a purchase order or click here.

      What should i do??

  3. 384 permalink
    April 22, 2008 9:34 am

    Awesome! I hope they ship to Australia…
    You can order free samples from National Semiconductor as well, but only surface-mount stuff, as far as I can tell.
    Fairchild also offers free samples, but I think not outside the USA. (I didn’t check, but they don’t ship to Aus.)

  4. w.j.s.p.e.p. de silva permalink
    August 26, 2009 1:26 am

    i am engineering student in institute of engineering technology sri lanka can i get sample from you a company

    • va3stl permalink*
      September 2, 2009 9:17 pm

      Thanks for the comment.
      Sorry I am not a company so cannot supply samples. My post does show how you can get sample ics from Maxim.

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