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EEVblog => EEVblog Specific => Suggestions => Topic started by: AkosL on March 15, 2011, 08:18:49 pm

Title: Microchip MAPS rant
Post by: AkosL on March 15, 2011, 08:18:49 pm

I just wanted to check out if Microchip has PGAs with differential input. They had a table-layout for parts display, and since the PGA category contains only a few parts, and you can see most of their relevant infos in a table. Should take 1 or 2 minutes to get the info, right?


Whatever i do, the "MAPS" Microchip ADVANCED Parts Selector" comes up. A few words about it:
To process the request, and send a HTTP 302 response takes over 1 minute.
I clicked in the PGA section, and the "main" MAPS page comes up, half dozen clicks to get to PGA parts again, not the section i am interested in.
Unbelievably slow and unintuitive to use. Most clicks, or changes take 3-4 second to get a response. Learn real client side scripting, and get rid of updatepanels FFS.
No option to just "list all parts and show the details".

SideBySide comparison popup
  -> no link to the parts????
  -> send by email -> can't close the dialog. Also, entered just to get rid of it, and a nice ASP YSOD comes back. Nice.

Yes, I am angry, and frustrated. Why they had to replace a reasonably working solution with something totally useless.
Do the have ANY QA? Did anyone tested that thing before it went live?  ???
Title: Re: Microchip MAPS rant
Post by: alm on March 15, 2011, 09:31:12 pm
They're clearly trying to compete with Atmel, who also appear to be good at making their website more useless with every redesign. Can't say I like the National product selector gizmo either.
Title: Re: Microchip MAPS rant
Post by: Simon on March 16, 2011, 12:41:44 pm
RS went down this wanker part selector route and as a result i no longer use them. Unfortunately companies have sales teams who should just mind their own damn business and take the orders