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Posted on 2010-09-22
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This is not a programming question.  It's a data question.

I'm building an application that describes boards with electronic components on them.

I want to be able to enter the component part number and have data which describes the part pop up.  Information might take the form of a component datasheet or (in the case of an IC) a schematic.  Just so there is no misunderstanding, these are low level components, not devices or proprietary ICs.

All this stuff is documented all over the internet. But I'd like to be able to have a software piece that does the look up and returns the information. If there were a single source (a webservice if there is a god) that would be ideal. Otherwise a set of rules - check here for this file, then here for this one... - would do.

Any ideas?
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Maybe a few examples of the sort of components you are dealing with.
There are millions of different low level components from thousands of manufacturers.

Vendors (Digikey and Mouser) and EDA companies (OrCAD) maintain enormous databases
of electronics parts, but they are certainly no where near complete.
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Not only aren't they complete, but the links die faster than they can keep up with for their own websites, let alone worrying about 3rd party programs that want to use them.

In my opinion, the only way to do it would be create your own database and host it yourself, if you're going to make an app that accesses the web instead of a local database.

I can post the list of sources (with addresses) used by John Lenk for his Circuit Encyclopedia (vol's 1 through 4), if you want them. Most schematics and data sheets are copyrighted, so if you're going to display them in such an application you'll want to obtain proper permissions in writing, or count on spending a lot of time/money responding to lawsuits.
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Have you considered using tooltips to present the links or a bit of information?
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Good thoughts related to problems I had not considered.
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