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Distributors for FPGAs
« on: March 13, 2018, 02:34:43 pm »
Hi,

I need a specific FPGA (MachXO2 from Lattice) for my next project. Because I live outside of the US every well known distributor (digikey, mouser) would charge a lot for shipping (unless the price for the order is above 50€).
So I would like to ask if there are any other distributors in europe which sell these chips? I didn't find any on ebay or aliexpress.

Thanks for the help
 

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Re: Distributors for FPGAs
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2018, 03:04:02 pm »
Go to www.latticesemi.com
Click on Buy.
Select Germany and you'll get a list of German distis.
 

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Re: Distributors for FPGAs
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2018, 04:30:07 pm »
Also check out if your country has local re-distributors.
Before western distributors enter Chinese mainland market, there are a few companies order from HK, and import the parts to mainland.
Even now DK, Mouser and e14 do business in China mainland to individual customers directly, those re-distributors still have a share of the market.
 

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Re: Distributors for FPGAs
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2018, 04:40:09 pm »
Go to www.latticesemi.com
Click on Buy.
Select Germany and you'll get a list of German distis.

Arrow and Future Electronics don't have the specific FPGA I need (https://www.mouser.de/ProductDetail/Lattice/LCMXO2-1200HC-4SG32C?qs=sGAEpiMZZMvoScKlWpK8TJPrOdKEdsHYVky1nfhMcnk%3d). Farnell is not available for private customers, Digi-Key and Mouser charge high shipping costs.


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Also check out if your country has local re-distributors.

Where would I find them?
 

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Re: Distributors for FPGAs
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2018, 04:49:21 pm »
Where would I find them?

Search online. I don't know much about Germany.
 

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Re: Distributors for FPGAs
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2018, 05:24:40 pm »
Do you have any contacts in China? I thought aliexpress would sell everything but as it seems they don't.
 

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Re: Distributors for FPGAs
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2018, 05:27:14 pm »
Do you have any contacts in China? I thought aliexpress would sell everything but as it seems they don't.

You won't get cost saving. ICs don't grow on trees in China.
Those re-distributors order from DK, aggregate orders from China, and sort each person's order in their own company and ship them out individually.
So despite they can absorb US-China shipping cost, you still have to pay China-DE shipping cost plus DK list price plus the re-distributor's cut.

FYI, the one I've used before is RightIC.
 
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Re: Distributors for FPGAs
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2018, 05:38:17 pm »
I am not quite sure how I would find this kind of shops because I don't speak chinese :(
« Last Edit: March 13, 2018, 05:41:35 pm by soFPG »
 

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Re: Distributors for FPGAs
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2018, 05:45:35 pm »
Go to www.latticesemi.com
Click on Buy.
Select Germany and you'll get a list of German distis.

Arrow and Future Electronics don't have the specific FPGA I need (https://www.mouser.de/ProductDetail/Lattice/LCMXO2-1200HC-4SG32C?qs=sGAEpiMZZMvoScKlWpK8TJPrOdKEdsHYVky1nfhMcnk%3d). Farnell is not available for private customers, Digi-Key and Mouser charge high shipping costs.

Shipping costs are always an issue when you do low-volume projects. But if the shipping cost is the only thing between you finishing the project and not, you have no choice.
 

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Re: Distributors for FPGAs
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2018, 05:50:29 pm »
Go to www.latticesemi.com
Click on Buy.
Select Germany and you'll get a list of German distis.

Arrow and Future Electronics don't have the specific FPGA I need (https://www.mouser.de/ProductDetail/Lattice/LCMXO2-1200HC-4SG32C?qs=sGAEpiMZZMvoScKlWpK8TJPrOdKEdsHYVky1nfhMcnk%3d). Farnell is not available for private customers, Digi-Key and Mouser charge high shipping costs.

Shipping costs are always an issue when you do low-volume projects. But if the shipping cost is the only thing between you finishing the project and not, you have no choice.

The two parts I need cost 5€ and the shipping costs would be around 15€. Maybe I am a bit spoiled by the cheap stuff from aliexpress.
 

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Re: Distributors for FPGAs
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2018, 05:56:33 pm »
Go to www.latticesemi.com
Click on Buy.
Select Germany and you'll get a list of German distis.

Arrow and Future Electronics don't have the specific FPGA I need (https://www.mouser.de/ProductDetail/Lattice/LCMXO2-1200HC-4SG32C?qs=sGAEpiMZZMvoScKlWpK8TJPrOdKEdsHYVky1nfhMcnk%3d). Farnell is not available for private customers, Digi-Key and Mouser charge high shipping costs.

Shipping costs are always an issue when you do low-volume projects. But if the shipping cost is the only thing between you finishing the project and not, you have no choice.

The two parts I need cost 5€ and the shipping costs would be around 15€. Maybe I am a bit spoiled by the cheap stuff from aliexpress.

I never use eBay or AliExpress. I prefer to get parts from authorized distributors or direct from the manufacturer. I don’t have time to deal with possible fakes.

Of course, I live in the US so ground shipping is $7.99 for most things and parts arrive in two days. And yeah, it does kinda suck when you pay the same for shipping as you do for the parts, but given the choice between finishing the design and not, well, like I said there is no choice.

We are all spoiled by Amazon’s free shipping, but remember, Amazon doesn’t make money shipping stuff to consumers, so they can afford to eat the shipping cost.
 
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Re: Distributors for FPGAs
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2018, 06:16:44 pm »
Arrow and Future Electronics don't have the specific FPGA I need (https://www.mouser.de/ProductDetail/Lattice/LCMXO2-1200HC-4SG32C?qs=sGAEpiMZZMvoScKlWpK8TJPrOdKEdsHYVky1nfhMcnk%3d). Farnell is not available for private customers, Digi-Key and Mouser charge high shipping costs.

Digikey is free from 65€ on or so. Buy your parts, pad the order with stuff you may need anyhow (resistor set? Electric tape? Solder lead? Flux cleaner? Whatever...)
 
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