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30 Aug 2007


Here is a nice linear power supply collection:

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30 Aug 2007


If you design your own electronic circuits and you need to make a prototype PCB board for your project but can’t decide which manufacture to prefer you can use this Javascript calculator that will estimate the cost of your pcb in just a click of your mouse. Just fill in your PCB size and the minimum number you need and it’ll give you an idea of how much it will cost to make. Calculations are made for a dozen of manufactures. Give it a try…

Prototype PCB Cost calculator – [Link]

30 Aug 2007


MemPot is a controller circuit that records a variable resisor (e.x potentiometer) values sequence and then playback function outputs the same resistor values. It was developed by ”Dan Blackburn” and “Tuomo Tammenpää” as a control interface for sound generators. To be more specific a PIC 16F819 stores a sequence of values from the user turning the knob of a potentiometer and plays the same sequence back via serially controlled digital potentiometer (DS1267) chip. Furthermore the memory buffer size and the playback speed can be adjusted. Complete schematics and source code are included.

MemPot v1.0 – potentiometer with a memory – [Link]

27 Aug 2007


ChaN has build a capacitance meter based on the intergration method. This method measures the time takes a capacitor to charge to calculate the capacitance. His circuit is using an Atmel AVR mcu and some calibration is needed. Full schematics and source code are included.

Digital Capacitance Meter – [Link]

27 Aug 2007


Jos van Eijndhoven have designed a 3 channel fan motor controller based on PIC 16F676 microcontroller. Mcu reads temperature from sensors and outputs PWM modulated signal to each output so the speed of fan is controlled accordignly. Three on board potentiometers controls the start up temperature for each channel. The speed of fan is controlled linearly according to temperature and drops slowly when temperature goes down fast to avoid instability. For the output transistors BUZ72 are selected and temperature sensor is LM60. PIC code is written in C and compiled to hex using free CC5x compiler.

Three channel fan speed controller for PC  – [Link]

26 Aug 2007


 The idea of this TDA7313 based audio processor was to create a circuit capable to control all basic audio settings with the use of buttons and a LCD screen. When this idea realized, this board was born! We talk about this incredible 3 channel audio processor that is capable to control Volume, Bass, Tremble, Channel Select, Input gain for selected channel, LF speaker attenuation, RF speaker attenuation, LR speaker attenuation, RR speaker attenuation. It can be embedded on every audio system, the possibilities are endless. Video demostration comes next.

A little talk about what TDA7313 offers:

TDA7313 audio processor have been used for more than ten years in the industry because of its simplicity, functionality and good parameters like low distortion, low noise. Chip is based on BIPOLAR/CMOS technology and can be used in various applications including car radios, Hi-FI, simple mixers. 

TDA7313 chip has 3 external stereo inputs, that allows to multiplex three incoming sound sources, volume control with steps of 1.25dB, Treble and BASS control, Loudness function, Each of four outputs have distinct control that allows to balance outputs. Chip can be controlled via I2C (TWI) interface.

AVR based TDA7313 Audio processor control – [Link]
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26 Aug 2007


 This is a simple circuit that helps you check the functionality of crystals. You simply connect the crystal, power the board and if the crystal is good a led is lighting.

 Simple Crystal Tester – [Link]

26 Aug 2007


 That’s a very nice PIC Prototyping board based on 18F2550 USB enabled microcontroller. Author writes:

The board features a USB port that can be used with a bootloader for easy programming. Five analog inputs are brought out (AN0-AN4) which can be used to read analog sensors, as well as the two CCP ports which can be used to control servos or other devices. A user LED is built in, using RA4. The onboard USART ports are brought out to a three pin header which can be used to talk to other microcontrollers, or to an RS232 device with a MAX232 level converter. The whole of PORTB is brought out to a header, as well as a pair of power headers. An ICSP header rounds out the board for programming the PIC.

PIC Prototyping board 18F2550 – USB enabled – [Link]

26 Aug 2007


 On www.nuxie1.com i found a well designed function generator based on chip XR2206. This chip is a monolithic function generator integrated circuit capable of producing high quality sine, square, triangle, ramp, and pulse waveforms of high-stability and accuracy. The project’s page provide full schematics and pcb boards designed with Eagle. View details on the source site.

1MHz Function Generator based on XR2206 -[Link]

25 Aug 2007


 With this simple circuit you are able to control the speed of a DC fan according to temperature measured by a temp sensor. It’s an ideal addon for your PC cooling fans to eliminate produced noise.

On the first site two circuits are displayed. The first circuit is a simple version using LM317 and a temperature depended resistor to detect temperature. The voltage applyed to the fan is proportional to temperature. The second is a more advanced one using LM35 as temp sensor and four OPAMPs to achieve linear response of the output according to temperature measured.

On the second site you can find a Temperature controlled 12V dc Fan circuit using a Thermistor. All designs are selected for their simpicity, so the choise is yours!

Temperature controlled DC Fan – [Link]

Temperature-controlled 12V dc Fan – [Link]





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