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27 May 2015


Bosch’s new SMA130 triaxial acceleration sensor provides information for infotainment and telematics applications in vehicles. “Until now, automakers have mainly used data from acceleration sensors for safety systems,” says Dr. Frank Schäfer, head of product management for automotive MEMS sensors. “The SMA130, on the other hand, delivers the data needed for eCall emergency notification and navigation systems.” The sensor measures acceleration along three axes arranged at right angles, as well as inclination, movement, vibration, and shock. The new Bosch acceleration sensor, based on MEMS technology, will go into series production in late 2015.

Acceleration sensor for infotainment systems – [Link]

27 May 2015


The LM5017 is a 600 mA constant on-time synchronous buck regulator with built-in high side and low side MOSFETs. This device has a wide input voltage range from 7. 5 V to 100 V. The constant on-time control scheme used in this device doesn’t need loop compensation, delivers excellent transient response, and enables very high step-down ratios. The on-time varies inversely with the input voltage resulting in nearly constant frequency over the input voltage range. A high voltage startup regulator provides bias power for internal operation of the IC and for integrated gate drivers.

600 mA Constant On-Time Buck Regulator – [Link]

27 May 2015

Ham radio is a popular hobby and service in which a licensed amateur radio operator explores communications equipment. Typical ham radios do not have bluetooth support, which may be hassle for some. None of the transceiver manufacturers are providing a wireless interface. However, with this ham radio bluetooth interface, communicating and listening to other entity would be easier. The device uses Bluetooth module and a circular connector. The TE’s CeeLok FAS-T connector is one of the most rugged, small, 10 GB Ethernet, field terminable I/O connector. It has been designed to perform in some of the most extreme environments in the industry, while providing substantial size and weight savings via its small shell size 8-form factor.

The design is simple that anyone can construct it without having a hard time. The device uses a Bluetooth module, a regulator, connector and few passive components. It automatically connects to the PC or any bluetooth supported device when the application is started. Wireless headset would be very useful for ham radio operators so they can freely do whatever they need to do without being stagnant. In addition, a single blue LED indicates power and pairing.

Licensed amateur radio operators communicate with each other in nearby places, across the country, around the world or even with astronauts in outer space. Hams use a variety of frequencies for communications and may operate from just above the AM broadcast band to the microwave region, in the gigahertz range. This device may be useful for other applications such as aerospace, in flight entertainment and connectivity, defense and marine environments.

Simple Ham Radio Bluetooth Interface – [Link]

27 May 2015


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Currently, our stand offers the below:

  • more than 50 virtual product panels
  • more than 200 types of various samples for free
  • more than 30 types of samples for better prices
  • webinars
  • as a bonus – ageless PACMAN game

From 25.-29.5.2015 we have prepared special product offers. Our sales team will also be available for you from 9:00 – 16:00. And since we are not limited by space, you can visit our stand throughout the whole year.

Travel to our stand virtually. Just one click and virtual reality comes directly to you.
We’re looking forward to meeting you.

Virtual expo 2015 – Travel in space virtually – [Link]

27 May 2015


by Dimitris Platis @ instructables.com:

During presentations, I avoid being stationary and generally like to walk around in order to increase the interaction between me and the audience. However, I am constantly being faced with the burden of having to go back to the laptop, in order to change a slide or tell a person sitting by the laptop to do that. Not cool!

This problem is usually solved by devices, called remote clickers or wireless presenters, which consist of a handheld controller with buttons that sends signals to a USB dongle plugged in the computer. After looking around to buy one, I could not find any decent option costing less than 10$. So why not make one?

Simple, easy and cheap wireless presenter – [Link]

26 May 2015


by MIKE BARELA @ adafruit.com:

Trinket lends itself very well to building clock projects, its small and easy to hide behind a larger display. And clocks don’t need a lot of logic, this example only has maybe 20 lines of code. Adding a digital display via I2C is possible using seven segment or character-based displays (with the library code posted for other projects).

This project interfaces Trinket to the the Adafruit DS1307 real-time clock (RTC) breakout board to form a clock. But in a twist, the display is done using two analog meters. One for hours, one for minutes.

The Trinket can output to a meter without digital to analog converters. Trinket has pulse width modulation (PWM) on three of its pins. The meter uses a moving coil inductance movement, acting to average the indication of current flowing through it. If you have narrow pulses, the average voltage it sees is lower, thus the current is lower for the fixed resistance attached to it. For wide pulses, the meter sees nearly the supply voltage and will stay around the full scale. This circuit varies the pulse width sent to the meters proportional to the hour of the day and the minutes after the hour.

Meter Clock using a DS1307 RTC and Trinket Microcontroller – [Link]

26 May 2015


Power supplying, control, but also signal transmission from various sensors can be confided to ST series connectors.

A word „versatility“ describes well know series Hirschmann ST (STA) perhaps the best. ST connectors are universal because as for parameters, they´re sufficient for majority of applications (16A/250VAC) and they maintain a decent compcáctness. At the same time, they´re available in many versions (M/F, panel/ cable) , so we can create a desired combination – cable/cable, cable/panel.

ST connectors have 2,3,4 or 5 contacts + PE in a compact polyamid (PA) body. Safety and reliability is supported by a metal lock STASIx (bought separately), preventing accidental disconnection and also enabing a fast disconnection in case of necessity.
Connectors for a cable are also available Kwith an extra cable support against pulling off from a cable gland („strain relief“). ST series is so to say a standard for many industrial applications and it finds its place also for example in building automation (intelligent houses, ….).

A novelty in our portfolio is price-gainful set called SETSTAx3 for a cable+cable connection, containing STAS 3N, STAK 3N and a metal lock.

Detailed information will provide you datasheets at particular types below this article. Upon order, even the surface mount types and types with an integrated cable are available.

Do you know Hirschman ST industrial connectors? – [Link]

26 May 2015

In a DC motor, the stator is a permanent magnet and the rotor has the windings, which are excited with a current. The current in the rotor is reversed to create a rotating or moving electric field by means of a split commutator and brushes. On the other hand, in a BLDC motor, the windings are on the stator and the rotor is a permanent magnet, hence the term inside-out DC motor is coined.

To make the rotor turn, there must be a rotating electric field, typically a three-phase BLDC motor has three stator phases that are excited two at a time to create a rotating electric field. This method is fairly easy to implement, but to prevent the permanent magnet rotor from getting locked with the stator; the excitation on the stator must be sequenced in a specific manner while knowing the exact position of the rotor magnets. Position information can be gotten by hall effect sensors that detect the rotor magnet position.

The dsPIC30F2010 is a 28-pin 16-bit MCU specifically designed for embedded motor control applications. The six MCPWM pin outputs are connected to three MOSFET driver pairs (IR2101S), which in turn are connected to six MOSFETs (IRFR2407). These MOSFETs are connected in a three-phase bridge format to the three BLDC motor windings. MOSFET drivers also require a higher voltage (15V) to operate, the motor is a 24V BLDC motor so the DC+ to DC- bus voltage is 24V and a regulated 5V is provided to drive the dsPIC30F2010. The three Hall effect sensor inputs are connected to input pins that have Change Notification circuits associated with them. These inputs are enabled along with their interrupt. If a change occurs on any of these three pins, an interrupt is generated. To provide a speed demand, a potentiometer is connected to an ADC input (RB2).

To start and stop the motor, a push button switch is provided at RC14. To provide some current feedback to the motor, a low value resistor (25 milliohms) is connected between the DC- bus voltage and ground or Vss. The voltage generated by this resistor is amplified by an external op amp (MCP6002) and fed to an ADC input (RB1).

Sensored BLDC Motor Control – [Link]

26 May 2015

Cypress 4Mb FRAM

by Susan Nordyk @ edn.com:

Cypress Semiconductor is sampling a 4-Mbit ferroelectric RAM (F-RAM), which is one of the industry’s highest density serial F-RAMs, featuring a 40-MHz serial peripheral interface (SPI) and a 2.0-V to 3.6-V operating voltage range. F-RAMs consume 200 times less energy than serial EEPROMs and 3000 times less energy than NOR flash devices. Further, Cypress F-RAMs are able to endure 100 trillion read/write cycles and provide 10-year data retention at 85°C and 151 years at 65°C.

These energy-efficient memory devices are useful for applications requiring continuous and frequent high-speed reading and writing of data with absolute data security. The 4-Mbit F-RAM devices address mission-critical applications, such as industrial controls and automation, industrial metering, multifunction printers, test and measurement equipment, and medical wearables.

Cypress expands energy-efficient line of nonvolatile RAMs – [Link]

26 May 2015


Marcus Jenkins blogged about his radio frequency amplifier project:

In building QRP HF radios, having an RF signal level amplifier building block is handy. You want 50 Ohm output impedance, some reasonable gain, supply voltage of the usual 10-14V and ease of building using standard parts from your parts bin. Some searching around the interwebs came up with a good idea for circuit from Aaron Parks, KC8FQD, who did a YouTube video on a WWV receiver.

A signal amplifier module for HF – [Link]





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