The Teardown Sessions

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View all updates May 07, 2021

Teardown Session 2: Chip shortages & supply chain issues with Piotr Esden

by Crowd Supply

The chip shortage and supply chain issues are affecting engineers, makers and hackers all over the world. In this episode of the Teardown Sessions, Piotr Esden from 1BitSquared and Helen Leigh from Crowd Supply talk about how how we got here, what’s likely to happen next and what we can do about it.

Why can’t we get our hands on that sweet silicon? Can we blame the automotive industry, bitcoin miners and/or component hoarders?

Piotr Esden is the founder of 1BitSquared, an embedded hardware and tool development and manufacturing company that creates hardware focused on promoting and supporting open source projects.

1BitSquared is behind the Glasgow board, a highly capable and extremely flexible open source multitool for digital electronics, and the ICEbreaker40, the first open source iCE40 FPGA development board designed for teachers and students.

Find Piotr on Twitter @esden and find more information about the Glasgow and the ICEBreaker40 here:

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Product Choices


Pixelblaze V3 Standard

From the Pixelblaze V3 project.

As featured in Teardown Session 10: LED blinkenlights wizard Ben Hencke talks Pixelblaze

The Pixelblaze V3 Standard comes with a solderable pin header and screw terminal



From the LUNA project.

As featured in Teardown Session 9: community building with Straithe from Great Scott Gadgets

A LUNA board in a beautiful, robust, CNC-milled, anodized-aluminum enclosure


Piunora Pro

From the Piunora project.

As featured in Teardown Session 7: product design and CE certification with Timonsku

A compact, feature-rich CM4 carrier board


MNT Reform

From the MNT Reform project.

As featured in Teardown session 6: Designing an open source laptop with Lukas F. Hartmann

A ready to go, open hardware MNT Reform laptop, Debian GNU/Linux 11 on SD card, and international power supply (110/230 V). Comes with QWERTY-US keyboard and Trackball module pre-installed. NOT INCLUDED: Wi-Fi Card or SSD.


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