I'd like to be able to make a datasheet for a module that I'm building. By datasheet, I mean a document containing:
- A title page, with the primary features, applications, and an application block diagram
- A table with electrical characteristics (Which might have multiple sections or span multiple pages).
- A set of graphs conveying the information in the table(s) in a graphical manner
- One or more pages with large images describing a schematic view of the device
- A section which defines abbreviations used in the schematic views
- A section which describes the use of the device's hardware
- A section which describes the protocol for interacting with the device in software
- And finally, a (possibly long) section which includes text, equations, source code, and schematics for a variety of applications.
Here are some examples of such documents by current manufacturers (all PDFs):
- [Linear Technology LT3757 switching regulator]
- [National LM317 linear regulator]
- ON Semi Zener diode listing
- TI ADS8330 ADC
- Atmel ATmega324PA microcontroller [600MB]
There are a lot of these documents! Does anyone here have experience creating them, or a document class or package which would be useful in making one? With that high quantity and that much mathematical and technical writing involved, I can't help but imagine that they're using LaTeX, or at least they should be. However, a google search for "LaTeX datasheet class" turns up nothing but datasheets for rubber-like compounds.
Are there any giveaways in these documents that tell what was used to create them? Are they (or are they not) LaTeX? It's easy to see when the small companies use Word.
: (link broken) http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CBsQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fcds.linear.com%2Fdocs%2FDatasheet%2F3757fb.pdf&ei=4-RRTILsDMmmnQePnKXTAw&usg=AFQjCNGmFMvXCejoEkvup_2PovnfecIcZw&sig2=h6DGWJhC5HEy1TjR0qnRwg : (link broken) http://www.national.com/ds/LM/LM117.pdf