The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has announced a revised power delivery spec that means significant changes in how consumers will be able to power up tablets, notebooks, and a range of other e-devices. The new spec, designed for backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 and support for USB 3.0, promises to deliver up to 100W of power. It’s that capability–of delivering as high as 100 watts of power—that carries the excitement. The jump from 5W 900mA to 100W 20A is expected to extend the use of USB as an instant connection once the spec is implemented. The USB 3.0 Promoter Group is populated by HP, Intel, Microsoft, Renesas Electronics, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments.
Choosing USB Pin Voltages for iPhones and iPads @ Voltaic Systems [via]
We continually make minor tweaks to the USB output of our batteries to make sure we charge as many devices as possible. We pay particular attention to Apple products and now, with the introduction of the iPad, it has become slightly more complicated to have a one size fits all solution. This post tells you the Voltage on each pin of our USB batteries, which is hopefully useful if you’re trying to make your own USB charger. There are lots of different threads Apple charging, but we’re going to focus here on USB pin Voltages as this was the variable we were adjusting in this round of production.
Choosing USB Pin Voltages for iPhones and iPads - [Link]
Oleg writes: [via]
What started as a quick re-factoring effort transformed to a major redevelopment, but finally all pieces fit together tightly and I am pleased to announce that initial release of USB Host Shield library ver.2.0 has been posted to github.
Some of the major improvements include the use of only 5 Arduino pins, 3.5x faster low-level transfers, and the ability to use USB Hub(s).
Make sure you stop by Circuts@Home to check out the full details like the current/future supported device classes and supported hardware versions .
USB Host Shield library Version 2.0 – [Link]
viswesr writes: [via]
Cypress has a new USB 3.0 peripheral controller EZ-USB FX3 – CYUSB3014 with ARM926EJS core. It has an architecture which enables data transfers of 320 MBps from GPIF II (a 32bit Port) to USB 3.0 interface.This value includes protocol overheads. This is a promising device for Open Logic analyzers, DSOs and any data acquisition system based on USB 3.0 streaming interface. The associated promo video mentions about support of ARM GCC toolchain, ideal for Open Hardware project. With availability of PCIe USB 3.0 expansion cards costing just $22, we could easily use USB 3.0 devices.
The downside :
1) at present they are only sampling with FBGA footprint, might require 4 layer PCB . 2) Require costly USB VID 3)No price info is available
USB 3.0 peripheral controller EZ-USB FX – [Link]
USB – RS232 converter, uses only Tx and Rx lines, with selectable 2400, 9600, or 38400bps. PCB projected to fit in old mobilephone cable, most of parts is surface-mounted. For more info see original autor Osamu Tamura site. Pcb’s, driver, and firmware is attached below.
Converter USB – RS232 – [Link]
I have designed many small footprint PIC projects (such as, pocket watches and wristwatches) but I cannot make them really portable. To make them portable, I need small power sources. Of course, Coin Cell battery would be the smallest DC source that I can buy. The problem is that a Lithium button cell provides 3 V. which is not enough to drive my projects. I thought about using DC-DC step-up converter to boost 3 V. to 5 V. However, it’s a little bit complex to add DC-DC converter to the projects. Moreover, my projects consume a lot of power as they consist of many LEDs, a button battery will not last for a day. So, I stopped my think at that point.
USB Coin/Button Cell Battery Charger - [Link]
bidouille.org writes: [via]
The Kvarts DRSB-01 (Кварц ДРСБ-01) is a simple consumer Geiger counter. It does not feature a display of any kind like most modern Geiger counters do, but instead each particle detected by the tube make a very characteristic “click”. It was manufactured in the early 1990′s and is not made any more, but you can still find it commonly on places like eBay. I got mine for about 15€ a few years ago, but unfortunately prices have skyrocketed recently after the events in Fukushima brought back the reality that is radioactivity into everyone’s minds.
Geiger Counter USB Hack – [Link]
Here is an easy an popular way to start using USB in your designs without going into learning the complicated USB protocol. This circuit converts normal USART signals from any microcontroller into USB compatible signals which can be directly connected to the PC. If u r designing a circuit and u need pc interface, then this is the best way, use USB, as the RS232 ports are disappearing from PCs and laptops very fast.
USART-to-USB converter using FT232BM chip – [Link]
The FTDI BFF – an enhanced FTDI Friend… [via]
The FTDI Friend is more versatile than the FTDI TTL-232R cable, but I wanted something that could do even more. Sometimes 4 UART signals just isn’t enough. So I took the FTDI Friend design and added the features I needed. All 8 UART signals and 2 CBUS signals are available on a 2×6 connector. There is also a power LED. Edge and thru-hole pads allow for a variety of connection options. Routing the board was a challenge because all the via had to be clear of the pads on the back and all the silk text.
The front of the board has a power LED and the six pin serial connection has been duplicated on rectangular pads.
The FTDI BFF – an enhanced FTDI Friend – [Link]