By Shawn Rhen:
Despite the initial investment, solid state lighting (SSL) has proven to be a viable alternative over conventional technologies due to the combined savings in energy consumption and maintenance costs, as well as design flexibility. Furthermore, increased energy savings can be realized with active intelligence such as occupancy and ambient light sensors, as well as external dimming controls to eliminate excessive lighting. Since there are a wide variety of constant current LED drivers requiring a 0-10 volt DC input for dimming control available, the focus of this discussion will be utilizing these drivers with a wireless interface.
Wireless Control of Linearly Dimmed LED Drivers - [Link]
Saelig Company, Inc. (www.saelig.com) has introduced the PSB-2000 Series Flexible Power Supplies – high power density, programmable and multi-range-output DC power supplies offering flexible high voltage-low current/low voltage-high current output characteristics. V/I combinations for a very wide range of applications at up to 800W are covered by six models, including one power booster. The PSB-2000 Series offers an output voltage of 0 to 80V and 0 to 800V, with an output power of 400W or 800W. Series/parallel connections can be applied to PSB-2000 supplies for higher power outputs.
The stylish PSB-2000 Series provides three sets of preset function keys to memorize regularly used settings of voltage, current and power for rapid recall. A serial-controlled Sequence Function, using an RS232C, USB or optional GPIB interface, can produce output power defined by a sequence of set voltage and current steps provided by an attached PC. This capability is valuable for creating standard test procedures for verifying devices under test by quickly changing operating conditions. Read the rest of this entry »
The Arduino compatible board to take your projects beyond your home and garden. Anywhere your imagination takes you.
Prototyping should be rapid. Putting projects together should be as easy as clicking together lego-like building blocks. SODAQ makes it so. SODAQ is a multi-feature microprocessor board that lets you connect sensors and devices to the internet, quickly and with no fuss. It’s designed for connecting things efficiently, running off-grid with built-in, ready-to-go solar power:
Getting data off a device is only half the story – it needs to go somewhere. We designed the SODAQ system to be able to communicate from anywhere, with a GPRS module and all the control code for it included from the start.
It takes the Arduino prototyping concept, makes it simpler, and extends it. No breadboarding or soldering required, but with plenty of memory, sockets, solar panel and battery control, and extra features, all on one board.
The board has built in sockets for Grove modules; a realtime clock; extended flash memory; USB on-board; and the Bee socket can take any WiFi/RF/XBee or other compatible plugin for communications instead of our GPRS module.
SODAQ: a lego-like, plug-in, rapid prototyping board - [Link]
Julian Ilett demonstrates his Arduino Solar Charge Controller. He has mounted all of his Arduino modules to a piece of wood to keep everything nice and neat. [via]
“High efficiency values (96% – 97%) are achievable when the buck converter is stepping down from 18v to 12v. With a 72-cell panel and the converter stepping 35v down to 12v, the efficiency drops to around 88%.”
Arduino Solar Charge Controller - [Link]
Glyn Hudson over at OpenEnergyMonitor has developed this remote temperature and humidity monitoring node, the emonTH:
The emonTH supports both the DHT22 (humidity and temperature) and DS18B20 either onboard or remote temperature sensor. The default software will search for the presence of either sensor at startup. If both sensors are found it will return humidity from the DHT22 and temperature from the DS128B20. If only the DHT22 is found it will return both humidity and temperature readings from this sensor, finally if only the DS18B20 is found only temperature readings will be returned. In the future I would to expand the code to support multiple DS18B20 sensors on the one-wire bus.
emonTH – Wireless temperature and humidity monitoring node - [Link]
A multifunction WiFi Shield that will boost your Arduino systems.
Have you ever wanted to include WiFi functionality into your Arduino system but been scared away by the shear cost and complexity of it. Not to mention that you normally want to have a few other things in there such as maybe an SD card to be able to give those web pages some flare, a real time clock maybe and what about some non volatile SRAM memory to store all that real time sensor data that you have to take good care of.
Arduino compatible WiFi Shield with multiple functions - [Link]
Get a professionally manufactured PCB for your design completely FREE!
We are happy to announce our new PCB giveaway program for the OSHW community. We will professionally manufacture 5 pieces of your PCB design and ship them to you worldwide completely free. We just ask to publish your Open Source design on Electronics-Lab.com projects section (under your name) and you will get your PCBs for free in 15-25 days (depending on destination). All designs submitted will be manually reviewed and if applicable will be processed for manufacturing.
The process is simple:
- Submit your design on the email below (Cadsoft EAGLE files in ZIP are preferred)
- We review your design based on how well it’s designed, how useful it is for the OSHW community
- You get notified by email if your design is accepted or not
- We process your design for manufacturing
- We publish your project here on Electronics-Lab.com
- You receive your PCB copies in 15-25 days
Some rules apply:
- You must be the project owner (your project will be published with your name)
- Your PCB can be 1 or 2 layers (max dimensions 10x15cm)
- Your PCB design should meet manufacture specifications (we will let you know if your board meets specs)
- You will get 5 boards for free + free worldwide shipping
- Your design should be clean and pass most of ERC and DRC rules (electrical/design rule check)
- All projects submitted should have at least: Schematic, PCB design, description / diagrams, code if available (photos are welcome)
- CadSoft Eagle is the preferred CAD software to design your PCB (exported Gerber files from other software will be accepted)
Submit your projects NOW on webmaster @ electronics-lab.com (subject: Get your PCB for Free). You will get notified if your PCB meets minimum design specifications to participate on PCB giveaway program.
Feel free to ask any questions below.
Happy PCB designing!
UPDATES – Projects approved so far:
- Open Source 3.2″ TFT Smart Display
- FM Transmitter MAX4467 & MAX2606
- DC Motor Driver using L293D
- LED Binary Clock – Arduino Shield Compatible
- 24×6 LED Matrix Control Circuit
- Automatic School Bell
- BO.Duino – ATmega328 Arduino board
- FM VCO Transmitter
- Low Frequency Spectrum Analyzer
- MAX2606 – Hands-Free Car Kit for Cell Phones
- Simple SMD LED tester
- miniLOG – Precision Standalone Voltage Logger
- MCU Controlled Spot Welder
- AMP – Arachnoid Mobile Platform
- Temperature Controlled PC FAN
Jimb0 @ sparkfun.com writes:
I got my first taste of programming with RCX Code and an old Mindstorms RCX 1.0, so maybe it’s nostalgia speaking, but I really admire visual programming languages for their ability to introduce younger folks to programming. With color coded operators, geometrically shaped data types, and no semicolons (!), visual languages have a unique ability to make programming a more intuitive experience. And with the (admittedly necessary) annoyances of syntax removed, more of your programming focus can be directed towards solving the actual problem.
Enginursday: Visually Programming Arduino - [Link]
by Publitek European Editors:
Power MOSFETs have become very popular in power electronics designs because of their low capacitance and good high-frequency switching characteristics. They have reached into many applications and are helping to open up new markets in applications, from hybrid and electric vehicles through solar power to extreme-environment exploration. The unifying factor of these environments is heat. Automotive engines and solar panels can generate heat that pushes junction temperatures in power devices far higher than 100°C. Such heat can badly affect power semiconductors that are not designed to cope. Power semiconductors all have temperature limitations. Leakage current increases with temperature and this can accelerate effects that lead to breakdown conditions that can damage circuitry and cause other hazards.
MOSFETs that Can Take the Heat - [Link]
New 6W DC/DC module series TEN5 won´t be scared neither of a very fluctuating input voltage, that´s why it´s ideal even for battery-operated applications.
Series TEN5 is a well proven reliable series of insulating DC/DC modules with a fixed output voltage, in case of TEN5-2411WI it is 5V. TEN5 series is available in so to say “basic” version with a 2:1 input voltage range and also in this „WI – wide input“ version, with a 4:1 ratio. In the most of cases, it´s probably possible to choose an appropriate type, for example TEN5-1211 with an input voltage of 9-18V, which is for example ideal for 12V applications with Pb accumulators (SLA). However namely for the mobile applications it can be beneficial, if a given device could be powered also by for example 24V, used in cargo trucks.
TEN5-2411WI with an input voltage of 9-36V and 5V/1A output is suitable this new type from our stock offer. Besides mentioned wide range of input voltages it also features a good efficiency (79% typ.) and excellent regulation at a change of input and/or load. Enhanced operating temperatures range (-40 to +85°C) and resistance to a continuous shortcut make it suitable even for demanding applications. Also useful is the built-in filter to meet EN55022 Class A and FCC level A. Metal shielded package in a standard DIP-24 package with an insulated base plate simplifies PCB design and also assembly to a PCB. In the TEN5 series can be found 2 versions: with input voltages of 9-36V or 18-75VDC with various output voltages, including symmetrical ones.
Detailed information can be found in the TEN5-WI datasheet.
TEN5-2411WI – don´t be limited by an input voltage - [Link]