This page follows semiconductor devices (chips) mentioned in books or other publications and tracks their availability and price over time.
 Designing Embedded Hardware, 2nd edition (May 2005)
Written by John Catsoulis, nice entry level text covering a variety of simple microcontroller designs. First edition November, 2002.
|page||type||brand||model||Octopart||Octopart 2012-05||DigiKey||DigiKey 2012-05|
|114||regulator||Fairchild||LM7805||||many <0.50 USD||||0.69 USD @1|