LCSC.com is an Asian based electronic components distributor that offers the user the possibility to get most electronics parts they are looking for a single project. LCSC.com distributes over 200,000 products ranging from semiconductors to resistors, capacitors, diodes, inductors, connectors, transistors, sensors, and many more. This huge availability of parts make it an one-stop shop for your various electronic projects. This way you will not have to collect your parts from the various distributors online.
The website is clean and clear and everything is almost straight forward. For the relative newbie, it might be a little tricky to navigate the website as it is more tailored for the bulk or professional users. The search function is powerful and returns the exact components you are looking for in a results page that help you make your final decision as easy as possible. The search results are narrowed down using the build in filters and this help you to choose quickly the parts you need.
A quick search of “Arduino Uno” doesn’t return any results making it seems the site isn’t meant for the complete newbies or those looking for hobby only parts. Having used Digilent or Mouser for parts purchases in the past, I must say that the two sites share some similar resemblance, especially in the ways the products are being displayed and filtered. It seems that LCSC builds their website with the customer in mind and for easy navigation.
International shipping is supported through several third-party agencies, and PayPal payment is possible as well as other credit-card based payment.
LCSC.com offers both International manufacturer’s parts as well as Asian brands and in this post, we will take a look on some part examples and their alternatives as sold on LCSC.com website.
GigaDevice GD32F103C8T6 Microcontroller
The GD32F103C8T6 is a 32-bit microcontroller from GigaDevice which is based on the ARM®Cortex™-M3 processor using the RISC core. It operates at 108 MHz frequency with Flash access, provides up to 3MB on-chip flash memory and up to 96KB SRAM memory.
It comes with two APB buses enabling support of significant of I/Os and peripherals connections. It comes with three 12-bits ADCs, up to two 12bit DACs, a whopping ten general-purpose 16-bit timers, two basic timers plus two PWM advanced-control timer, as well as standard and advanced communication interfaces: up to three SPIs, two I2Cs, three USARTs, two UARTs, two I2Ss, an USB 2.0 FS, a CAN and a SDIO. The power supply is between 2.6 to 3.6 DC and comes with a range of power-saving modes. The 32-bit microcontroller is available for purchase on LCSC.com for about $1.5 per piece and about $1 for over 30 units. More information is available on the product page.