I think with Vishay products is that Vishay is a loose amalgamation of companies from around the world, some with their language not English. That results in some unusal ideas :-) Anyone read an Atmel manual? Norwegian doesn't translate well into English either me thinks :-)
An interesting IC and at least the development kit gives you something that you can play with right off the bat - really a necessity when you are dealing with a little itty-bitty part that requires a fair amount of external 'stuff' to get going. I have just had to get used to the reality of most development kits - it is not always (or ever?) going to be easy to dig in and find out what you need to find out.
Seems like documentation is always the weak point with these dev kits. That begs the question, how does one come up the learning curve quickly and benefit from the experience of others who've previously grappled with said kit. For example, in this case, does Vishay have a user forum?
The good news Jon is that at least you received a manual written in English. For my most recent assembly project, I only recived an instruction manual in Spanish for a product, which (of course) was made in China, and had the usual bizarre markings that often come with products made in Asia.
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