Kerry Wong writes:
DS3232 is an extremely accurate RTC with a guaranteed accuracy of 2.5 ppm (0 °C to 40 °C), which translates into an error of just 80 seconds over the course of a year under the worst case scenario. I had done a few projects using this chip before (you can read about them here).
While by default DS3232 is already very accurate, we can push its accuracy even higher by adjusting its aging offset register (8bit). This adjustment works by adding or subtracting the corresponding capacitance to or from the oscillator capacitor array. The adjustable range is represented as 2′s complement (-128 to 127) and each LSB change corresponds to roughly 0.1 ppm of change in frequency. So the overall adjustment range can be achieved programmatically is roughly ±13 ppm.
DS3232 clock frequency calibration - [Link]
TI’s TPS43061 is a low IQ current-mode synchronous boost controller with wide input voltage range from 4.5V to 38V, boosted output range up to 58V, operates over an extended junction temperature range of -40 to 150°C and includes an integrated boot diode and a 5.5V gate-drive optimized to reduce switching loss with lower Qg NexFET™ technology.
TPS43061 – Small-Size, High-Efficiency, Low-lQ Synchronous Boost Controller - [Link]
The Raspberry Pi foundation have announced what they call an ‘evolution’ of the Raspberry Pi single board computer. The team have retained the original processor and clock speed and look on this new model as the final revision of the original design rather than a ‘Raspberry Pi 2’. To sum up the new model B+ has:
More GPIO. The GPIO header has grown to 40 pins, while retaining the same pinout for the first 26 pins as the Model B.
More USB. The B+ has 4 USB 2.0 ports, compared to 2 on the Model B, and better hotplug and overcurrent behaviour.
Micro SD. The old friction-fit SD card socket has been replaced with a much nicer push-push micro SD version.
Lower power consumption. By replacing linear regulators with switching ones the power requirements are reduced by between 0.5W and 1W.
Better audio. The audio circuit incorporates a dedicated low-noise power supply.
Neater form factor. The USB connectors are now aligned with the board edge, and the composite video now has a 3.5mm jack. The corners are rounded with four squarely-placed mounting holes.
Fresh Raspberry Pi Hits the Streets - [Link]
MediaTek has announced the MT6795 which the company has targeted at the high-end android 4G smartphones and tablet segment. According to the press release the 8-core processor also supports 2560 x 1600 resolution displays, FDD/TDD LTE technology, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, FM Radio, 2G and 3G wireless networks. The chip also supports video recording and playback at Ultra HD (4K2K) resolution using the H.265, H.264 and VP9 formats, supporting high-speed 1080p video recording at up to 480 frames per second allowing slow-motion playback on screens with 120 Hz refresh. An integrated 16MP camera image signal processor handles video input and MediaTek’s ClearMotion™ technology eliminates motion jitter to ensure smooth video playback at 60fps.
8-core 64-bit Processor targets Mobile Devices - [Link]
With a height of only 4.5 mm are new terminal blocks able to connect LED modules and LED panels aesthetically and with a maximal reliability.
There are numerous SMT connectors on the market, which are suitable for usage on LED panels but even in other applications. That´s why it´s a logic question – why just Wago 2060?
Firstly it is because of a sophisticated construction of a terminal block with a globally known and million times proven screwless spring clamp CageClampS. This clamp has an optimum pressure on a wire ideally responding to a wire diameter, i.e. the thicker wire, the bigger pressure. Also thanks to this is the max. allowed current up to 9A (!). Further, it´s possible to install solid and ferruled wires even without tools. By a simple pressing to a terminal block (for example by a screwdriver), it´s possible to insert even fine stranded flexible leads and by similar way also to disengage. Features of a clamp don´t get worse neither after multiple disengaging of a connection and they remain stable even after a long period of operation.
From other positives it´s necessary to mention a “balcony” construction of an input portion, which makes installation of wires easier and faster. Sufficiently big flat area ensures a reliable application on assembly machines (pick-n-place). And finally – an aesthetic curved shape and a white/cream color cause, that connectors are inconspicuous and they don´t disturb on a PCB.
Terminal blocks are available in 1,2 and 3-pole version. You needn´t be in doubt that you missed development and you still don´t know a circuit operating on 1 pole – naturally the single-pole version is intended for connecting of several modules into series. A big plus is also availability of interconnecting both-sided pins enabling easy and aesthetic creation of a row (string) of several modules.
Pin spacing is 4mm and there´s also available a version with 8mm pin spacing with operating voltage of up to 600V. Connector casing is made of an advanced material (glass fibre reinforced PPA) with a very wide range of operating temperatures.
Novelty is also a newer version – Wago 2061 with up to 12A max. current. Detailed information will provide you the Wago 2060 brochure.
Wago 2060 terminal blocks don’t overtop LEDs - [Link]
by Giovanni Militano @ diyaudioprojects.com:
I’ve always enjoyed electronic kits of all kind and like many of you will credit them for the foray into DIY audio. Over time as my DIY skills matured I found myself taking the DIY route for projects far more often than relying on kits. While I will always enjoy electronic kits, I generally won’t try one out unless there is something really unique about the kit. When I saw the Gobo Stereo Audio Amplifier kit from boxedkitamps.com, I was immediately intrigued by the unique looking enclosures available with the amplifier kits. Shown in Photograph 1 below is the completed Gobo Stereo Audio Amplifier kit with a translucent blue acrylic enclosure. The choice of enclosure finishes for the Gobo stereo amplifier kit include blue, dark grey and orange acrylic and bamboo.
Gobo Stereo Audio Amplifier Kit (LM1875, 15W, Class-AB) - [Link]
Main task – advanced communication between multiple Arduinos using I2C bus.
Main problem – most online tutorials covers just one blinking LED with almost no practical use. Slave just executes ONE and SAME function every time Master asks about it. I’d like to outsource slave Arduinos for zillions of tasks.
Proposed solution – simple protocol which enables to send any number of commands to Slave, opposing single return from simple Wire.onRequest();
Simple I2C protocol for advanced communication between Arduinos - [Link]
In this episode Shahriar takes a close look at programming the popular NeoPixel RGB LEDs using a PIC microcontroller and C-language. A close-up of the NeoPixel (WS2812) LED is shown with attention to identifying various semiconductor elements inside the package. The principle operation of the LED is the described along with a detailed explanation of the pins and the one-wire communication protocol.
A simple evaluation board for the PIC18F4550 is used to drive a circular array of 60 NeoPixel LEDs from Adafruit. After presenting the difficulties of providing an accurate pulse-shape using the C-language, the measured waveform is shown on a Tektronix MDO4000B. Finally, the code for a circular color rotating pattern is presented and demoed. The code for the experiment can be downloaded from The Signal Path website.
Tutorial on Programming the NeoPixel (WS2812) RGB LEDs - [Link]
2x UT33 – with a manual and also automatic range selection are ideal “reserve” tool for every workplace.
Majority of us already probably has its own favorite multimeter. However, sometimes it happens, that we need to measure two parameters at once (for example voltage and current) and with one device it´s usually not possible… Even though it´s obvious, that it would be ideal to have two multimeters, you didn´t buy it, because you simply don´t want or can´t invest a considerable amount into another tool (maybe even a “top level” one.
That´s why we have for you a tip how to solve this dilemma. It is the multimeter Uni-Trend UT33 and right in two versions:
Both tools feature an excellent price/ performance ratio. For the price of approx. 8-11 Euro they offer measurement of all common parameters, incl. AC (voltage, UT33A also current). UT33A also measures hFE of transistors, UT33C a temperature by a K probe. In many cases a higher resolution of UT33A (3999) can be very beneficial. Decent accuracy, solid construction and exchangeable measuring leads (not hard-wired to a device, as usually in this price-level) belong to another pluses of this series. Naturally, multimeters UT33 are also suitable as a “main” tool for beginning amateurs and students.
Universal multimeters UT33A and UT33C for a special price - [Link]