electronic components necessary for
your robotics projects.
As you might guess, no list of
general electronics resources can hope
to mention everyone. I have selected
from among the companies that have
been around the longest, that I am
personally familiar with, and/or are
regular advertisers in SERVO and its
sister publication Nuts & Volts. You
can find even more electronics parts
outlets on Google, Yahoo!, MSN, or
other search engines. For search
terms, you are better off looking for a
particular component you’re interested in, rather than simply entering
All Electronics is one of the primary
sources in the United States for new
and used robotics components. Prices
and selection are good. Walk-in stores
in the Los Angeles area are located in
LA and Van Nuys. Product line includes
motors, switches, discrete components, semiconductors, LEDs, infrared
and CdS sensors, batteries, LCDs, kits,
and much more. Specifications sheet
for many products are available at
Allied Electronics is a prime source
for all electronics (components, chemicals, tools, you name it), in single or
multiple quantities. Their prices are
often lower than the competition’s. Do
note the minimum order amount.
Not to be confused with All
Electronics in Southern California, this
Northern California electronics retailer
is known for a good assortment and
reasonable prices. New and surplus
Arrow Electronics, Inc.
Arrow Electronics, Inc. distributes
a full line of electronic components
to industry. Products can be located
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by manufacturer, part number, or
Avnet, Inc. (Avnet Electronics)
Full line distributor with local
offices worldwide. Refer to the website
B.G. Micro is a haven for the
electronics tinkerer and robotics
enthusiast. Much of the stock is
surplus, so it comes and goes, but
while it’s being offered, it has a good
price attached to it. Get it while you
can, because someone else surely will.
Brigar Electronics sells electronic
components and parts; new and surplus. Excellent selection of electronics
and mechanical components for robot
Circuit Specialists, Inc.
Circuit Specialists, Inc. are sellers of
ICs, active and passive components,
test equipment, tools, microcontrollers
and programmers, switches, relays,
kits, lab trainers, chemicals, and
Dick Smith Electronics
Dick Smith Electronics is Australia’s
biggest electronics retailer, well known
for Mr. Smith’s head pasted over
everything — though he is no longer
connected with the company. For
a time, DSE also had stores in the
United States, but they exited the
market during the downturn of the late
1980s and early 1990s. Stores across
Oz and New Zealand, and they ship
Digi-Key is one of the largest mail
order retailers/distributors of electronic
components in North America. They
offer a very fast and efficient online
ordering system, complete with links to
datasheets (when available).
Electronic Goldmine sells new and
used electronic components, robot
items, electronic project kits, and more.
Electronics parts, supplies, components, hardware, switches, relays, test
gear, tools. New and surplus; large
Fair Radio Sales
Fair Radio Sales primarily caters to
ham operators, with their radio sets
and old gear. But they have plenty of
test equipment and general surplus
electronics to tide anyone over.
U.K. based electronics mail order.
Will ship most anywhere. Offers a
complete line of electronics.
Free search engine for locating
parts, by part number. Highly
Fry’s Electronics is an electronics
superstore chain operating primarily in
the West Coast (US West Coast). They
offer a subset of products via their
web page, including electronics parts
Large electronics distributor.
Mostly for industry, but they will also
sell to individuals.
Gateway Electronics, Inc.
Gateway Electronics is a general
electronics mail order and retailer.
Among their products are passive and