If you can phrase it as a design question it's acceptable.
I personally find the restriction on asking genuine design questions which have good technical content and instructional value to be an excessive limitation on what could be useful questions. The aim is to avoid generic "where can I buy an xxx" type questions but in the process I consider ...
Asking for product recommendations is off topic (for all of SE). If you need to ask these types of questions, the chat feature will be the best way, but YMMV.
I could see your proposed Q & A having long-term value to future readers (and therefore to the site as a whole), due to your experience at Maxim.
On the "downside" there would be an element of opinion in any answer (e.g. perhaps someone from say, ST or TI, would say something different from you).
But on the "upside", it sounds like ...
I agree that this could be useful to the entire community. I feel that a good answer:
Would not name names. No mention of specific manufacturers or
Would be fact based and not just speculation or
Would be applicable two or three years from now, not just
To put it in Andy's words:
Questions seeking recommendations for specific products or places to purchase them are off-topic as they are rarely useful to others and quickly obsolete. - unfortunately, this includes "can't find, can you help" questions.
And I agree: such questions ask for a resource that may or may not exist and fulfills the needs ...