New Feature: Specify Impedance Control Requirements

You can now specify impedance control requirements which will automatically be quoted. You can find the impedance control section on the specifications section of your board tab.

Previously we asked you to enter any impedance requirements in the "add custom requirements" section. However, with our new feature, you no longer wait for your project to be manually quoted if you just have impedance control requirements.

Some more detailed information on how to specify impedance control can be found here:

CircuitHub selected as a 2016 Cool Vendor by Gartner

We're excited to announce that CircuitHub was selected as a Cool Vendor in the Gartner Cool Vendors in Embedded Software and Systems, 2016 report published April 19, 2016 by analysts Ganesh Ramamoorthy, Maritess Sobejana, and Anshul Gupta of Gartner, Inc.

"IoT hardware makers face the challenge of having to secure manufacturing capacity for their low-volume requirements from reputed electronic manufacturing services companies. Meanwhile, consumers are concerned about the lack of support for multiple connectivity, network standards, and hardware and software platforms in these products. 
Therefore, low-volume manufacturing of prototypes; secure and high-quality hardware and software; and seamless connectivity to heterogeneous hardware, software and network platforms have become the need of the hour for the electronics industry."—Gartner
We're honored to have been recognized as a company which is revolutionizing the way IoT hardware will be manufactured in the future and accelerate the growth of IoT hardware startups.

Gartner clients can download the complete 2016 Cool Vendors in Embedded Software and Systems report here.

Locate, Monitor and Manage Your IoT Devices with DevicePilot

Many of CircuitHub's customers are producing IoT devices.  We have you covered for rapid prototyping of boards, but something you also need in order to be able to quickly develop your connected products is a reliable device management software stack. DevicePilot solves this with its universal cloud based software service which helps you to easily locate, monitor and manage your connected devices.

“The benefits of IoT are many, but there are also many challenges to successfully deploy an IoT solution at scale,” says Pilgrim Beart, CEO of DevicePilot. Pilgrim started DevicePilot after engaging with more and more connected-product companies across many different verticals.  It became clear that they were all suffering from the same problems as they scale.

Dead batteries, connectivity issues, service outages, damage, the need for upgrades, and limited processing power are among a few of the things can go wrong. As you scale and connect more devices to your service, the difficulties of managing those devices become apparent. Automated device management is necessary in order to maintain a sustainable relationship between device deployment and operational costs.  DevicePilot continuously monitors and manages thousands or millions of connected products over their complete life-cycle as IoT projects move from trial stage to deployment at scale.

CircuitHub Founder Andrew Seddon says, "managing a fleet of IoT devices is complex and typically requires a lot of custom software despite the fact most of the core functions such as location monitoring, status updates, segmentation and firmware upgrade are the same regardless of your end use case. This is really something you cannot afford to get wrong either. DevicePilot abstracts all the must-have elements of managing IoT into an off-the-shelf SaaS so you can focus on what makes your device unique." 

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New Feature: Firmware Upload

We just released a new feature that allows you to have firmware programmed onto your devices during the manufacturing process. 

On the project page you'll now see a "Firmware" tab.  On the lower left hand corner there is an option to upload your own firmware. 
Once you upload your file you can select which reference designator you need the firmware to be added to. You can, of course, also delete the file if you need to provide an updated one.  Once you place an order the firmware files will automatically be included with the rest of the details required for manufacturing. Typically the programming for high volume is done before assembly and for low volume after assembly. If you have any special instructions you can use the issues system to communicate with the factory or contact us directly. 

If you try out this new feature let us know how it works for you!

Project Spotlight: Nixie Radian Wall Clock

We love seeing all of the creative projects that our users are been working on.  One of these projects is the Nixie Radian, a stylish analog nixie clock made using vintage IN-9 Nixie Tubes.


After making hundreds of traditional nixie clocks, Jeremy Medow of Tungsten Customs decided he wanted to push things a bit further.  He stumbled upon linear discharge tubes (IN-9, specifically) and realized that they’d be a great way to make an “analog” nixie clock.  After a few months of sketching, prototyping, and playing around with enclosures, the final design was reached.  Now he’s looking to Kickstarter to raise funding to put it into production.


Initial prototypes were reflow soldered in a toaster-oven, but the production boards will be made using CircuitHub if the campaign is successful. 

Support a fellow maker by checking out (and considering backing) Jeremy's project on Kickstarter!