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22 Nov 2014



Minimal power consumption, slim design and a big amount of available versions with multi-color backlight – these are some benefits of the EADOG series displays.

EADOG series is familiar to many of you and probably it´s your favorite one from these main reasons:

  • displays are unusually flat (thin)
  • the have a very low power consumption of 100-s uA (without backlight)
  • wide possibilities of backlight, monochrome and also RGB
  • some types are well legible even without backlight
  • simple communication through 4/8 bit or SPI interface and newly even I2C

So far, types with up to 128x64px or 3×16 characters were available. The most recent additions to the EADOG family are bigger types with resolution of 160x104px (EADOGXL160), 240x64px (EADOGM240), 240x128px (EADOGXL240) and 4×20 characters (EADOGM204) and appropriate backlight modules EALED66x40, EALED94x40 and EALED94x67. Also these new types maintain a low profile – only 5.8 or 6.5mm with backlighting. A positivity is that even these new types are based on standard LCD controllers.

A guide at a choice of a suitable combination of display +backlight will provide you the application described in our article – Start with the EA DOG displays for free.

Detailed information will provide you the datasheets at particular types.

Industrial applications rely on the EA DOG displays - [Link]

22 Nov 2014

In this tutorial Dave describes what AC trigger coupling is on an oscilloscope and why it can be useful. Not only on old analog CRT oscilloscopes, but modern digital scopes as well.
How and why is it different to AC channel input coupling?
Also, use of the 50% trigger control, and how the venerable DS1052E is still more usable than the new DS1054Z.

EEVblog #685 – What Is Oscilloscope AC Trigger Coupling? - [Link]

22 Nov 2014

by w2aew @ youtube.com:

Today’s “Back to Basics” tutorial topic – why flyback or snubber diodes are used around relay coils when switched or controlled by low power electronics. We’ll talk about how and why dangerously high voltages can be generated from the collapse of the stored magnetic energy in the coil when they’re switched off, and how the diode can protect the low power electronics from being damaged by these high voltages. Some voltage and current measurements are made on an actual circuit to see the real-world effects.

Why diodes are used around relay coils - [Link]

22 Nov 2014

Interfacing a cheap phone camera module to a PIC32 microcontroller – [Link]

22 Nov 2014


3 Tone Siren project produces Gun Sound, Police Siren and Ambulance Siren effects from a speaker. This project is built around UM3561 IC driving an LM386 audio amplifier to give that extra punch.

3 Tone Siren - [Link]

22 Nov 2014


Here’s an automatic watering system using AVR from Gadgetronicx:

Primitive irrigation systems possess many drawbacks as it fails to conserve water and human energy. So introducing Automation in it can help us to overcome these drawbacks and pave way to conserve water. This can be done with a simple Soil moisture sensor and a Microcontroller, AVR in our case. You can try out this system to automate watering the plants in your home at affordable cost.


Automatic plant watering system using AVR(Atmega16) Microcontroller - [Link]

22 Nov 2014


by elektor.com:

Although not officially released until December we were able to get a glimpse of Atmel corporation’s SmartConnect SAM W25 module at electronica 2014. This small module has been designed for use in IoT edge node applications. Edge nodes are parts of the IoT infrastructure where information interacts with physical events; these devices might, for example be inputting information from sensors or outputting control actions. The nodes also need to adapt the information to and from the network and provide data security.

Atmel’s IoT Edge Solution - [Link]

21 Nov 2014


An open source 3D Printable Raman Spectrometer using a RaspberryPi and easy to find off the shelf components..

An open source 3D Printable Raman Spectrometer that uses a raspberryPi, a couple of arduino compatible ARM boards, a really bright laser and some parts you can grab from eBay, adafruit, sparkFun, Mouser, or wherever…!

ramanPi – Raman Spectrometer - [Link]

21 Nov 2014


The ultimate combination of an Arduino-compatible board and your day-to-day Gadget in one handheld Device.

Phoenard is an All-in-one Arduino-compatible prototyping Gadget powered by an 8-bit AVR ATMEGA2560, identical to the one you find in Arduino Mega. It is essentially a pocket-sized prototyping platform which you can use as the ‘brain’ in your projects, similar to using an Arduino. BUT, it has a lot more features built into a single case developed in such a way that you can use it as your day-to-day Gadget.

Phoenard: World’s 1st Arduino-compatible Prototyping Gadget - [Link]

21 Nov 2014


by elektor.com:

This tiny step-down converter chip measuring just 2.5 x 2.0 x 1.0 mm contains an integrated coil and can handle an output current up to 1 A. The XCL210/XCL220 are a new family of step-down micro DC/DC converters which have been specifically designed to minimize unwanted EMI emissions. This makes them particularly suited for use in small-scale RF applications. The design shows good efficiency and stable output with a peak ripple voltage of less than 10 mV.

Tiny Torex DC/DC Converter - [Link]





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