A simple and reliable programming & test jig

Pieter @ piconomix.com tipped us with his latest build. Check it out on the link below.

I recently had to create a programming jig for an ATmega328PB based board. 1mm diameter test pads were placed on the bottom of the PCB to give access to the ISP pins. Normally one would add two 3mm diameter holes to locate the PCB on the jig, but this PCB was too small and only had two indents on each side to keep it in place

A simple and reliable programming & test jig – [Link]

USB Curve Tracer

A small and inexpensive USB-based curve tracer used for troubleshooting electronics in the style of the Huntron Tracker 2000. by Jason Jones:

This documents a USB-based curve tracer based on the PIC24FV16KM202, which is a modest 16-bit microcontroller. The board uses a PC screen OR an oscilloscope in XY mode as a display and may connect to multimeter probes for functionality.

USB Curve Tracer – [Link]

Coilcraft.com – Power inductor selection tool adds performance data

By Graham Prophet@ edn-europe.com:

Coilcraft has written a Power Inductor Selection Tool that allows users to easily select the appropriate path for their particular search while also providing more application-specific performance data than previously available.

Coilcraft.com – Power inductor selection tool adds performance data – [Link]

Arduino Parking Assistant

addictedToArduino @ instructables.com designed a Arduino based parking assistant.

To appease my frustration I decided to design a device that would allow me to park in the exact spot every time. I love working with arduinos, leds, sensors, and nearly anything else electronic, so I knew from the start that it would probably end up as a contraption with an Arduino inside and a bunch of leds on the front!

Arduino Parking Assistant – [Link]

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Raspberry Pi Security System

MWAGNER @ hackmypi.com build a security camera based on Raspberry Pi:

A family member asked me to put a camera in our garage recently, and immediately I decided to use a Pi Zero. Back when I was interviewing for my current job, I was dabbling with the idea of making a wireless, battery powered IP camera that I was going to attach to my dog, and get some cool footage of my dog running around.

Raspberry Pi Security System – [Link]

Inside the vintage 74181 ALU chip

Ken Shirriff writes:

The 74181 ALU (arithmetic/logic unit) chip powered many of the minicomputers of the 1970s: it provided fast 4-bit arithmetic and logic functions, and could be combined to handle larger words, making it a key part of many CPUs.

Inside the vintage 74181 ALU chip – [Link]

10-bit resolution, 70-300 MHz, touchscreen scope priced from €1250

by Graham Prophet @ edn-europe.com:

Rohde & Schwarz recently announced its RTB2000 entry-level oscilloscope, aimed at education, R&D and manufacturing. With an starting price of €1,250, the company says it provides performance previously only available in higher priced oscilloscopes.

10-bit resolution, 70-300 MHz, touchscreen scope priced from €1250 – [Link]

Step‐up DC/DC converters with built‐in inductors and control ICs

Measuring 2.5×2.0×1.0mm, the newly‐developed XCL102/XCL103 series of step‐up micro DC/DC converters is designed with built‐in inductors and control ICs. By Julien Happich @ edn-europe.com:

The use of built‐in inductors also allows PCB layouts to be simplified, minimizing unwanted radiation noise and operational trouble. The input voltage can be selected from 0.65V (operation hold voltage) to 6.0V, and the output voltage from 2.2V to 5.5V

Step‐up DC/DC converters with built‐in inductors and control ICs – [Link]

GPS tracking with an MSP430F5510 over GPRS

Bluehash over at 43oh.com writes:

I found a tiny gem while browsing Github for MSP430 projects. This one is a GPS tracker based on a MSP430F5510 with a GPRS cellular connection for reporting and command input. The GPS is a FGPMMOPA6H from GlobalTop and the GPRS module is a SIM900 from Simcom.
The Github link has details from code to schematics and board files.

GPS tracking with an MSP430F5510 over GPRS – [Link]

5V to 12V @400mA Boost Converter

The circuit presented here is about a boost converter based on LM2698. It is a PWM boost converter from Texas instruments. LM2698 can also be used as a flyback converter. The current mode architecture is a special feature of LM2698, which provides superior line and load regulation. This circuit is capable of a supplying a output voltage of 12V for a input range of 4.5V to 5.5V.

Specifications

  • Input voltage: 4.5VDC to 5.5VDC
  • Output voltage: 12VDC
  • Output current: 0.4A
  • PCB:45mm X 30mm

5V to 12V @400mA Boost Converter – [Link]