September News


Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road between Lorne and Apollo Bay

Between Lorne and Apollo Bay, Victoria, Australia

 

Twelve Apostles near Port Campbell

Twelve Apostles near Port Campbell, Victoria, Australia

The drive back along the Great Ocean Road was most pleasant. The first time we did the trip from Adelaide to Melbourne, but to turn off for view points, you need to cross a lane of oncoming traffic without anywhere for vehicles behind you to pass, so a hint is to take the trip from Melbourne to Adelaide. Turning off is much easier and some corners are pretty tight, so there is not a lot of time between committing and the next vehicle appearing around a bend. The inland trip is faster, but not very inspiring.

ElectroneX

Melbourne Park Function Centre left view
Melbourne Park Function Centre right view

We attended the ElectroneX Show in Melbourne at the Melbourne Park Function Centre between the 14th and 15th September. The venue is shown above—not CeBIT but worth the visit.

The absence of BAE, Codan, Thales, Parketronics and a host of other companies was a pity, but the emphasis was on manufacturing printed circuit boards and tools. We found it useful as we need to purchase for small prototype runs. For the vendors who might read this, we will compare pricing to DigiKey and others, and are not interested in “Wine Equilization Tax” or ridiculous freight charges. We have imported a few boards and components without issues, so when giving prices, you get one chance; “Your first price is your only price, we don’t have time for games and haggling”.


Lattice Semicondctor Versa Board

The Lattice Semi Versa board arrived at the beginning of the month. We need to get an external program cable before delving much deeper into this.

Lattice Semi EPC3 board

Our next piece in the testbed puzzle—Lattice Semiconductor’s ECP3-based Versa evaluation board.