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31 Dec 2014

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by blog.vinu.co.in:

While trying to open a chinese camera pen, unfortunately the PCB inside it got damaged. Few of the PCB traces got cut and it became useless. After few days, I removed an 8 pin IC with SO8 package from the PCB. I was curious to know what it is, so I googled the part number 25FW406A but I couldn’t find any exact match. I found some part number similar to that and I concluded that it is an SPI flash. Later I got a datasheet from ‘ON semiconductor’ for a similar part -LE25U40CMD which is a 4M-bit SPI flash memory. I soldered the IC on a common board, powered it with 3.3v and interfaced it to a TI stellaris launchpad via SPI port. According to the datasheet the SPI port need to be initialized in mode 0 or 3. I tried few commands listed in the datasheet and got proper response from the chip, the CHIP ID doesn’t matches but that is expected because it is not the same part. I wrote functions for erasing, reading and writing the flash memory and tested it successfully using the launchpad.

Happy Christmas and Happy New Year wishes from Attiny13 - [Link]

30 Dec 2014
Laser causes oxygen atoms (red) to vibrate between layers of copper (blue) oxide that are just two molecules thick in a common high-temperature superconducting material known as YBCO in a way that  likely indicates superconductivity.

Laser causes oxygen atoms (red) to vibrate between layers of copper (blue) oxide that are just two molecules thick in a common high-temperature superconducting material known as YBCO in a way that
likely indicates superconductivity.

Superconducting at up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit has been demonstrated at the U.S. National Accelerator Laboratory, but the catch to room temperature superconducing today is that it only lasts for pico-second pulses, but they hope to extend the time to DC: R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog and EE Times.

Superconducting at 140 Degrees F - [Link]

30 Dec 2014

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by lfaessler @ soldernerd.com:

My aim is to build an ultrasonic anemometer based on a Arduino Uno board. Now what’s an anemometer? That’s just a fancy name for a wind meter. I want to be able to measure both wind speed and wind direction with high accuracy. Most wind meters are of the cup or vane variety. They turn wind into mechanical motion and then measure that motion to calculate wind speed and possibly direction. An ultrasonic anemometer on the other hand sends and receives ultrasonic pulses and measures the time-of-flight. From the time-of-flight (or the time difference, depending on your approach) you can then calculate the wind speed in a given direction. Add a second pair of senders and receivers at a 90-degree angle and you get both wind speed and direction.

Arduino Ultrasonic Anemometer - [Link]

30 Dec 2014

FreqC_(16F628A)(3)_th

This is a frequency counter based on PIC16F628A. The original idea came from this project: LCD frequency counter. As you can see – very simple and yet elegant schematic. But I wanted to use 7-segment LED display, not LCD, so I found a second useful project: Simple 100MHz frequency counter which uses 6 digit LED display.

Frequency counter with PIC16F628A - [Link]


30 Dec 2014

OnSemi2

by elektor.com:

Two new low-cost, op amps with close to zero drift operation and low operating quiescent current have been introduced by On Semiconductor. Typical applications include front-end amplifier circuits and power management designs. The NCS325 and NCS333 provide rail-to-rail input and output performance and are optimized for low voltage operation of 1.8 V to 5.5 V. the op amps feature a quiescent operating current of 21 µA and 17 µA respectively at 3.3 V. The devices operate with a gain bandwidth of 350 kHz with ultra-low peak to peak noise down to 1.1 µV from 0.1 Hz to 10 Hz.

New zero-drift Op Amps - [Link]

30 Dec 2014

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Vishay Intertechnology introduced a new automotive-grade IHLP® low-profile, high-current inductor with an industry-high continuous operating temperature range to +180°C. Offered in the 2525 case size with a low profile of 3.0 mm, the new Vishay Dale IHLP-2525CZ-8A provides a wide range of inductance values from 0.47 µH to 22 µH.

With a frequency range up to 1 MHz, the AEC-Q200-qualified device released today serves as a high-performing, space- and power-saving solution for voltage regulator modules (VRM) and DC/DC converters in high-temperature automotive applications. End products include engine and transmission control units, diesel injection drivers, entertainment and navigation systems, noise suppression for motors, windshield wipers, HID and LED lighting, heating and ventilation blowers, and power seats and mirrors.

New Vishay Intertechnology Automotive-Grade Low-Profile, High-Current Inductor Offers Continuous High-Temperature Operation to +180°C - [Link]

30 Dec 2014

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by sdudley @ instructables.com: Mini – Table Saw / Router / Shaper for Dremel rotary tool.

Mini-Tablesaw / Router / Shaper for Dremel rotary tool - [Link]

30 Dec 2014

IMG_1273

by robertgawron.blogspot.com:

If you have old USB headphones you can easily transform them to a USB sound. This card can be helpful during testing of home built devices connected to the speaker or microphone ports on the PC (for example A proof of concept of a simple sonar and Constructing a homemade microphone).

USB sound card made from a broken USB headphones - [Link]

29 Dec 2014

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Illuminated push-buttons represent a universal solution into every environment.

An answer to a question, whether it´s nicer to use a push-button with a backlight or not is perhaps a fully subjective matter. However besides an aesthetic point of view we know about at least two main reasons to use an illuminated push-button: easier orientation/ operation in a dark environment and an indication of a push-button status (activation of a given function).

So if we´ll decide for an illuminated push-button, it´s certainly beneficial to have a possibility to choose from a wide range of types and caps. In our offer can be found the best from this segment – components from a Danish MEC with over 70 years experience in production of push-buttons and switches.

Basic production portfolio of MEC switches can be divided into series „3“, „4“ and „5“. Seriesa „5“ i.e. for example 5G or 5E is the newest and the most perspective series, but also the “2” or “4” series are still popular. Types like 4FTH922 or 5GTH9358222 (4ATH98222) represent a ready-made solution with an LED. It´s also worth to mention a universal type 3FTL6, This type has besides a reliability, pleasant actuation and a crisp sound at switching yet one positive fature – it can be equipped with any 3mm LED. All that is necessary is to form leads into a required shape and apply a suitable cap. Perhaps the biggest advantage of this solution is a possibility to use a whatever LED according to your choice and this way to make a customized push-button (especially in smaller production batches). Naturally, at bigger production batches it´s possible to agree with a producer a production of various customized versions.

The most suitable type for your application can be easily chosen in the MEC catalogue (11MB).

MEC push-buttons can be found even in the dark - [Link]

29 Dec 2014

seekThermal

by elektor.com:

A smartphone add-on from Seek Thermal turns your smartphone into a thermal imaging camera. Retailing at $199 the Seek comes in two flavors; one plugs into the lower micro USB connector of an Android device and the other connects to Apple devices running iOS 7.0 or above, which is optimized for the iPhone and iPod touch. At its relatively low price it makes it possible to view temperature gradients and show real-time temperature values on screen that could only previously have been seen with the help of expensive thermal imaging equipment.

Smartphone Thermal Imager - [Link]



 
 
 

 

 

 

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