Inside the 741

Ken Shirriff has written an excellent exploration of the 741 op-amp, including decapping a metal can package AD741. There’s a very cool interactive viewer so that you can click on the components in the schematic or on the picture of the die to see what each one is and does.

…The 25pF capacitor in the 741 has a very small value but takes up a large fraction of the chip’s area. You can see the capacitor in the middle of the die photo; it is the largest structure on the chip. …

Our very own XL741 is referenced in the footnotes, too.

Evil Mad Scientist Open House: November 19

Evil Mad Scientist Door

You’re invited to our annual open house!

When: Thursday, November 19, 5 pm − 9 pm
Where: Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories
175 San Lazaro Ave, Suite 150
Sunnyvale, CA, 94086

You can check out our latest projects, play with the giant Digi-Comp II, meet Zener the cat, and share in food and conversation.

Linkdump: October 2015

From the archives: Sweet or Savory Specimen Jars

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From the archives comes one of our favorite food projects: Halloween Cuisine: Sweet or Savory Specimen Jars.

 What good is a specimen jar if you can’t serve it at dinner? The contents of the jars should be genuinely edible, made out of real food. Plastic snakes and spiders are right out.

More Halloween edibles can be found  in the food category of our Halloween Project Archive.

Halloween Project Archives

Array of Halloween Projects

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, and our collection of Halloween projects continues to grow. Every fall we update it to include our latest projects for the season. In the list … we’ve organized dozens of our Halloween projects into categories: costumespumpkinsdecor and food.

Head over to the Halloween Project Archives for the full list of projects.

Lady Ada Lovelace Day 2015

Maker Ed Stage
Morse code message crocheted into a scarf

For Lady Ada Lovelace Day this year, I want to celebrate the participation of so many unsung women in technical endeavors of all kinds.

Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

I love that Lady Ada Day gives the opportunity to make women more visible. I am paying homage with some images from Maker Faires this year of girls and women of all ages participating in and helping to guide hands-on activities. Here’s to the many women who aren’t as celebrated but are still involved and making things better for all of us!

R2 builders club
Gleefully hanging out with robots

Trying out a hovercraft
Learning Lapidary techniques

Lighting up the room with an LED hat
Limor and 4 Paws Wearables
Celebrating the iterations of design

Psychedelic Flame Soldering Kit

Last year, we released our Flickery Flame Soldering Kits with six candle-flicker LEDs in red and yellow or white and warm white, to give a fun and semi-realistic flame effect. Now we’re releasing a new Psychedelic Flame Soldering Kit with six blinky-fading-flashy RGB LEDs.

Together the auto-changing LEDs make this a bright, colorful, and kinetic light show. Perfect for holiday decorations (psychedelic Jack O’Lanterns, anyone?), luminarias, scale models, stage props, and parties.

Kit contents

These kits are fun, low-cost, self-contained, and easy soldering kits, which will be right at home both as stocking stuffers and as bite-size first projects for soldering workshops.