(this page is currently under construction and will be totally awesome)
Electronics manufacturing companies like Texas instruments and Maxim want you to use their components in your design. That’s right, they’re just giving them away. However, there’s a catch (there’s always a marketing angle). It’s the same reason that Microsoft will give out computers to school districts and Tektronics sponsors labs and provides them with damn good oscilloscopes
Take advantage of the deals these companies give you. There is nothing wrong with getting free stuff from these companies, as they make millions of dollars annually and this is a small way for them to get new customers. Try out that new DSP or that hard to find op amp. Maxim sent me a couple of switch bounce ICs that worked perfectly for my sequencer design.
Texas Instruments will be elated that you’re using their chip in your designs.