I used to order some free samples from TI (Texas Instruments) long time ago when I was in Vietnam for my class projects. Since the import regulation in Vietnam is quite strict and the electronics market is not so potential so that only few companies provide free samples and free shipping over there. I have tried to get free samples from some big, famous companies but only TI gave me free samples that time. Now, when staying in Singapore, I have tried again to get some samples from other companies for my current project and I chose Freescale. As my project needs some sort of capacitive touch buttons so I have looked on the internet and found some quite popular and famous chips from Freescale including: MPR121 and MPR031.

So I went to Freescale website and then placed an order of 2 parts with 5 pieces each. It took a day for them to approve my order, not bad at all. Then I received an email said that they have shipped the parts already via Fedex so it should come here very fast, I thought. Not so surprise, they came to me this morning but in 2 separate packages, not in 1 as I thought.

freescale free samples

Freescale free sample packages

I was quite curious what is inside because 5 QFN chips should be really small, how they packed that with a big envelop like this. Following pictures will show how careful Freescale has packed their free samples for us.

Inside the envelop

Inside the envelop

Part number and quantity

Part number and quantity

Another box inside with silica gel bag and humidity indicator

Another box inside with silica gel bag and humidity indicator

Five chips inside the box with styrofoam around, great

Five chips inside the box with styrofoam around, great

5 MPR121 capacitive touch

5 MPR121 capacitive touch

Thanks to Freescale, TI and other companies for providing free samples, we can test and build our prototype in an easier way.

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