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Old 03-17-2008, 02:21 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by LostCause View Post
I'm pretty sure PIC's need an external box for programming and PC boards need some specialized equipment to etch. The code could be put available online for everyone, programmed PIC's could be sold for a tiny profit by someone with the equipment for those without, and etched PC boards could do the same.

Essentially, there would be a few specialized parts that someone with enough desire could still acquire cheaply on their own if community supply lines shut down. Everything else could be condensed as a shopping list from Digikey, Mouser, etc.
Depending on the PIC and school, there is a good chance one of us at a university has access to the development kits for the controller so we can develop and test before committing to buying them. Generally development kits are not so cheap in my experiences.
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