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From: Kai-Martin Knaak <knaak AT iqo DOT uni-hannover DOT de>
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Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:13:29 +0100
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Larry Doolittle wrote:

> I recommend only storing meta-information about the datasheets:
> upstream URL, 

Unfortunately, companies tend to change their datasheet repo every other 
year. Worse, some designs get transferred to other companies, the whole 
company seizes to exist, or it gets ingested by some bigger fish. A few 
months later all links become moot. E.g., this happened to all datasheets 
by national due to the acquisition by Texas Instruments.

Since there is interlectual property involved, I see only these options: 

a) store the data sheet locally and keep the repo private.

b) only store the name of the product. Include the essential numbers and 
data as rewritten text in the doc of the project.

c) store a link to the search engine of a third party datasheet archive.
At least in the last ten years, datasheet search engines were a much more 
stable source of information than any manufacturer.


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