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17 Dec 2014


by ifixit.com:

Double the iPhone, double the teardown! With the iPhone 6 Plus laid out for inspection, we turn our attention to the smaller iPhone 6—though at 4.7″, it’s still a giant among iPhones. What was so big that Apple couldn’t fit it into the familiar form factor? Let’s shake it out onto the teardown table and find out!

iPhone 6 Teardown - [Link]

12 Dec 2014

The MAX5825PMB1 peripheral module provides the necessary hardware to interface the MAX5825 8-channel DAC to any system that utilizes Pmod™-compatible expansion ports configurable for I²C communication. The IC features eight independent 12-bit accurate internally buffered voltage-output DAC channels. The IC also features an internal reference that is selectable between 2.048V, 2.500V, and 4.096V (4.096V reference operation is not supported with a standard 3.3V Pmod-port power supply).

MAX5825PMB1 Peripheral Module Board - [Link]


8 Dec 2014

Dave dissects and then powers up the Tektronix TDS220 oscilloscope used in the Mud Run. Did it survive?

EEVblog #690 – TDS220 Oscilloscope Autopsy - [Link]

3 Dec 2014

PREMOBOARD is a expansion board to expand your networking/embedded experience.

PremoBoard can be controlled by any system via the USB port: it is an expansion board designed for (but not limited to) cubieboard (A10 or A20).

PremoBoard is a expansion board featuring the following:

– 4 USB 2.0
– 2 LAN 10/100

Premoboard - [Link]

3 Dec 2014


The Smartphone Quick-Jack Solution repurposes the standard 3.5mm stereo audio jack found on most smartphones into a self-powered data channel that makes communication with these smartphones as easy as plugging a headset jack into the audio port. The hardware/software platform is designed for iPhone® and Android® smartphones. This project will make it easy to connect external devices into a phone. It gives smartphones application developers an easy way to add context-aware application features, input user and environment data, or connecting peripherals. And also provides end-product designers instant access to smartphones’ convenience, appealing user interface, and cloud connectivity.

This project is compatible with both Open Mobile Terminal Platform (OMTP) and American Headset Jack (AHJ) standards; the hardware identifies the type of headset automatically and configures the hardware accordingly. First, a comparator circuit detects the type of headset port Quick-Jack has been inserted into. The result is interpreted by the LPC800, which then configures an analog switch accordingly. The analog switch connects the right pin of the jack plug to the right signal on the circuit board (GND/MIC). Read the rest of this entry »

2 Dec 2014


by jmacarthur @ github.com:

The Zeta is a minimal Z80 toggle-switch computer. It has a Zilog Z80 microprocessor, 256 bytes of RAM and the only interface is the front panel which directly sets and reads the address and data buses.

At the moment, there is only one real source file in this repository, an Inkscape-produced SVG which contains the stripboard layout and lasercut paths along with the image for the box top. In the future I’ll try to add a KiCad circuit diagram. This file doesn’t preview well in github because there are some very thin and zero-width lines – turn on outline mode (View -> Display mode -> Outline) in Inkscape to view it.

The Zeta minimal Z80 toggle-switch computer - [Link]

24 Nov 2014


Internet is “good” not only for people but also for various devices (things), what we´re experiencing on every step. And that´s only the beginning ….

Term „Internet of Things – IoT“ is known already for several years and in general it addresses connection of various devices to internet. What´s the benefit of internet connectivity for various devices, sensors and other modules? It´s quite a lot, what IoT enables, for example:

  • remote data read out, practically from any place on Earth
  • remote control
  • diagnostics, watching and early prevention of faults
  • minimizing of physical control and service intervention to a given device
  • real-time evaluation and many other

A common feature of all „IoT“ devices is, that they are uniquely identifiable. A global expansion of internet caused, that technical equipment (for example Ethernet/ serial interfaces) enabling implementation of TCP/IP Ethernet or WiFi into a target device are available for affordable prices, so it´s relatively simple and affordable to add internet connectivity into a target device. Using this connectivity we gain a possibility to use a given device in virtually any environment and any country.
Already a small, easily usable module like for example Xport is, is able to provide a TCP/IP connectivity and provides a possibility to administrate a given device through a web server.

Internet of Things should be beneficial for both – producer and also for user (or administrator) of a given device. A user is prospering from an easy data collection through a practically everywhere-available network and a producer is in many cases able to diagnose or service given device within few seconds or minutes.
One of the biggest advantages of using internet as an “interconnecting element” is a possibility of unlimited expansion of connected devices and relatively simple data processing. Many smaller but also renowned companies already today offer a software development – customized for a given IoT application.
A characteristic feature of IoT is, that generated data originate from “things”, not from human as it is so far at the majority of nowadays internet content. Direct data transfer without human intervention increases accuracy, eliminates possible mistakes and mainly – saves human work and attention.

One of many ways how to IoT enable your device is to use some of common embedded microcomputers. UDOO, Embedded Artists, BeagleBoard, Raspberry Pi, Banana Pi and many other modules provide for an affordable price a considerable computing power, wide connectivity and intelligence to a target device. Finally, a display with a touch panel in connection with such a microcomputer usually creates a user friendly (HMI) interfaces. As a result, such a device is in majority of cases much more attractive for an end user. A brief comparison of some popular embedded microcomputers can be found here.
The newest term on this field is the „Internet of Everything“, i.e. internet connecting people, processes, data and things. Perhaps only the nearest future will show a real status, which can be influenced even by you – by a design of your devices.

Are you familiar with Internet of (every) Things? - [Link]

20 Nov 2014


by rachel_yalisove @ instructables.com:

Conversation analysts consider turns to be the most basic unit of conversation. As you would imagine, the intricacies of turn-taking have been well documented by researchers, and this process always involves the careful transcription of pre-recorded conversation.

Turn-Taking Device - [Link]

13 Nov 2014


by JIHAI ZHANG @ edn.com:

The purpose of a PLL is to generate a frequency and phase-locked output oscillation signal.

To achieve this goal, prior art essentially functioned by frequently changing the PLL output frequency according to the phase error (i.e. the faster/slower phase relationship) to generate a momentary, but not static, frequency and phase locked output oscillation signal. This frequent back-and-forth change in VCO frequency creates significant Jitter and a longer settling time because when phase is correct (locked), frequency is likely wrong (unlocked), or when frequency is correct (locked), phase is likely wrong (unlocked).

Frequency and Phase Locked Loops (PLL) - [Link]

11 Nov 2014


Morse code is used in telecommunication; it is a method of transmitting and receiving coded information. Each character (letter or numeral) is coded/represented by a unique sequence of dots and dashes. Compared to voice, Morse code is less sensitive to poor signal conditions, yet still comprehensible to humans without a decoding device, therefore, a useful alternative to synthesized speech for sending automated data to skilled listeners (radio operator) on a voice channel.

The project’s first part is composed of an electret microphone followed by a common emitter follower amplifier; this transistor amplifier also acts as a first level bandpass filter. Its band edges are determined by the size of the coupling capacitors, and the feedback capacitor between the transistor’s base and collector terminals. The next part of the project is the PLL (phase lock loop) tone detector/decoder NE567; its output is a one-zero pattern replicating the dots-and-dashes sequence of the received signal. This output drives both an input to the PIC16F84 microcontroller and an LED that is used as a receiver tuning aid.

Another part is the PIC16F84 microcontroller, its function is to measure the duration of the one-zero input string from the tone decoder, and translate the pattern into DOTs, DASHs, symbol spaces, character spaces, or word spaces. Each of the symbols that are received, an equivalent “code word” is assembled and is convert to its ASCII equivalent character for display. And for the final part, the CPU interfaces to the LCD line display, sending ASCII characters to it and monitoring LCD status.

Morse Code Decoder – [Link]





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