12V Lead Acid Battery Monitor is a simple project which tells you the voltage of your Lead acid battery visually with the help of 10 LED’s. This project is based on the popular LM3914 IC from Texas Instruments.
The LM3914 senses the voltage level at the input pin and drives the 10 light emitting diodes based on the voltage detected on input connector. Circuit works on same battery, doesnt not require separate supply input. Jumper is used to select the DOT mode or bar graph mode.
12V Lead Acid Battery Voltage Monitor – [Link]
This project is a versatile, configurable, and cost effective development board available for the 16F628A or other 18 PIN Microcontroller from Microchip. The board has simplest form with all the Port pins terminating in a Relimate connector (Header Connector) for easy connection to the outside world.
16F628A Microcontroller development board – [Link]
Top-class component should be equipped with a top class documentation. That´s also a case of many AC/DC and DC/DC modules series from Traco Power.
Demands of various application also vary. While somewhere it´s enough to know, that a given power supply will give us „some DC12V/1A“ or that a given „LED shines green and withstands 20mA“, in majority of cases we naturally need much more about a given component. Somewhere at the end of this chart are applications, where we need to know literally every parameter, including commonly non-mentioned parameters and graphs from a real measurement.
From this point of view, Swiss company Traco Power is really helpful at development and at selecting given AC/DC or DC/DC module, as all power modules are equipped with quality documentation in a form of detailed datasheets, certificates, 3D drawings and similar. Masterpiece – the application notes are available for several „high performance“ modules like for example TEN8WI module.
TEN8xxxxWI is the 8W DC/DC isolating module with a high energy density, enhanced range of operating temperatures and a wide input voltage range( 4:1). Besides a common documentation, there´s also available the TEN8WI application note, where we can find all important information for successful usage even in critical applications (EN50155-railways), including EMC characteristics, thermal consideration, recommended PCB layout and other.
For applications, where we don´t require that wide input voltage range, the standard TEN8 version (non- „WI“) is intended. In the TEN8 and TEN8WI families can be found a large amount of types with various input voltages (input 9-18VDC, 18-36, 36-75 or 9-36, 18-75 at the WI series) and 3.3 to 15Vdc output, including symmetrical ones (for example +-12V). On stock we keep a few versions, all other versions we´re able to supply you in a short leadtime.
Aren’t you very satisfied with “empty” datasheets? – [Link]
Oktopod Studio – Development Tools for Mechatronics, Robotics and Automation.
Oktopod Studio is a development platform for mechatronics, robotics and automation, which enables creating and controlling low voltage electronic devices, models and home applications /in an extremely simple way/.
Oktopod_Board presents a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), which features plug and play inputs and outputs for connecting low voltage electronic devices, like: LED lights, DC & servo motors, electromagnets, switches, photo, temperature and magnetic sensors, and so on.
Oktopod: Dev Kit for Your Robo-ideas! – [Link]
±2% accuracy in a whole range of relative humidity measurement – that´s just one of several improvements brought by the third generation of miniature calibrated sensors from company Sensirion.
Even the actual series like SHT1x and SHT2x belong to a top in this segment. Forthcoming series SHT3x (SHT30, SHT31 and soon also SHT35) addresses mainly those of you, requiring maximum accuracy even in limit values (humidity below 10% and above 90%), miniature dimensions and ultra low power consumption. So a main difference of a new SHT31 compared to SHT21 is, that a typical +-2% is maintained in a whole range. Together with a precise temperature measurement in element we still have a possibility to simply compute a dew point, what´s one of the key parameters for ventilation control (HVAC, heat recovery). If it´s “only” necessary to guide a humidity not to exceed certain level, then you´ll probably also use the output „Alert“ pin, able to start interrupt in a host MCU for instance or directly control further devices. Output of the SHT3x sensor is the linearized value, which can be easily transformed to a final value (%RH, °C).SHT31 is available in 2 versions – SHT31-DIS-B with a digital output via well-proven I2C bus (2 selectable addresses) and also in a version SHT31-ARP-B with a linearized analogue (proportional) output. That´s why SHT31-ARP-B is an interesting alternative for direct processing in analogue circuits, as it contains 2 independent outputs with output voltage of 10-90% Vdd, responding to 0-100%RH and -45 to +130°C temperature. Digital output version also features wide possibilities of setting regarding measurement frequency, communication speed and other parameters.
Even the humidity & temperature sensors can be “3G” – [Link]
by xKOBAYASHIMARUx @ instructables.com:
Buck Converters are great! I use them all over the place in many of my nerdy, techy, geeky hobbiest projects. They also can commonly be referred to by other names, a DC-DC converter or a switching regulator. Essentially what it does is take some higher voltage in (higher than what you want for your project), chops it up, and pieces together a lower voltage. It might help to think of it as a transformer for DC circuits… only without the giant iron block… and without the long coils of wire… and with only 3 pins.
Buck Converter (DC-DC) – [Link]
In digital electronics, fan-out is defined as the number of gate inputs that the output of a single logic gate can feed. It is very important in digital systems for a single logic gate to drive other gates or devices. In this case, a buffer can be used between the logic gate and the devices it will drive. Clock buffer is also called as fan-out buffer. The IDT clock buffer clock divider and clock multiplexer portfolio includes devices with up to 27 outputs. Differential outputs such as LVPECL, LVDS, HCSL, CML, HSTL, as well as selectable outputs, are supported for output frequencies up to 3.2 GHz and single-ended LVCMOS outputs for frequencies up to 350MHz.
Modern digital systems often require many high quality clocks at logic levels that are different from the logic level of the clock source. Extra buffering may be required to guarantee accurate distribution to other circuit components without loss of integrity. Many systems require low jitter multiple system clocks for mixed signal processing and timing. The circuit shown in interfaces the ADF4351 integrated phase-locked loop (PLL) and voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) to the ADCLK948, which provides up to eight low voltage differential signaling (LVDS) outputs from one differential output of the IDT 8SLVD1208-33. The IDT8SLVD1208-33I is characterized to operate from a 3.3V power supply. Guaranteed output-to-output and part-to-part skew characteristics make the IDT8SLVD1208-33I ideal for those clock distribution applications demanding well-defined performance and repeatability. Two selectable differential inputs and eight low skew outputs are available. The integrated bias voltage reference enables easy interfacing of single-ended signals to the device inputs. The device is optimized for low power consumption and low additive phase noise.
Fan-out buffers and clock dividers are general-purpose clock building block devices that can be used in any number of applications. They are ideal for clock and signal distribution in a large variety of systems, from personal computers to consumer electronics or industrial systems, as well as high-performance networking and communications systems.
Increasing Outputs from a Clock Source – [Link]
D4p0up shared his open source soundcard oscilloscope in the project log forum:
Here is a tool that might help some of you in your DIY activities : WaveWatch, a soundcard oscilloscope 100% made with Processing.
I’ve just released the 1.3 version, making it a very credible, user friendly and totally open source alternative to existing soundcard scope systems, so that it’s worth sharing it !
It’s got all the features you’d expect from a standard scope,
configurable Triggering (single/Auto),
time and voltage measurement,
markers with delta calculation
Wavewatch, a soundcard oscilloscope and waveform generator – [Link]
I was extremely satisfied (and proud) of the way that the enclosure turned out for the rework of my 7490 Clock. The electronics on the other hand, is another story.
The innards of that clock were from a prototype I built in 2001. It was a proof of concept. It led to the design of what would become an extremely well-polished and accurate clock.
Since it was one of the first things I ever built, I decided to put it in an enclosure of its own and consider it too as a finished product.
The problem was that the prototype never ran properly. It worked, just not as well as it should. Needless to say, I tried to fix it in the way of an Arduino upgrade. On paper everything should run perfectly, but in the real world, it just doesn’t. The clock bounces all over the place. It’s more of a random number generator than a clock. I really thought that moving away from the 60Hz line signal as a timebase to a solid 1Hz signal from a DS3231 RTC would solve all my problems. At the end of the day, it boils down to the fact that it’s all soldered together on a DIY homebrew PCB. The holes that I drilled are too big for the pins; resulting in some pretty shoddy-looking soldering. It’s a noisy circuit, and I’m sure there’s some grounding issues in there too.
Large 7-Segment Clock – [Link]
Besides heavenly blue, now the Hammond 1455 aluminium enclosures are also available as hellish red.
There are several possibilities how to make a device exquisite – and one of them is certainly a unique design. From this point of view, enclosures with red-anodized surface are simply eye-catching. Elegant red surface (matt) makes a luxury impression and it´s obvious at the first sight, that we don´t deal with a simple color painting but a high-grade hard coating (anodized).New red surface finish is offered by Hammond for many 1455, where can be found enclosures of various sizes, with a length of 6 to 22 cm. 1455 series enclosures are available with plastic or metal end panels, while plastic end panels are also available in attractive color versions from polycarbonate.
This novelty is so far available upon order, with a short leadtime. Detailed information can be found in datasheets at particular enclosures below this article.
HAMMOND 1455 aluminium enclosures now also in attractive red version – [Link]