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]
This is a DC-DC step-up converter based on LM2585-ADJ regulator manufactured by Texas Instruments. This IC was choosen for it’s simplicity of use, requiring minimal external components and for it’s ability to control the output voltage by defining the feedback resistors (R1,R2). NPN switching/power transistor is intergrated inside the regulator and is able to withstand 3A maximum current and 65V maximum voltage. Switching frequency is defined by internal oscillator and it’s fixed at 100KHz.
LM2585 12V to 24V @ 1A Step-up switching regulator - [Link]
Inrush current, effective power, power factor, harmonic distortion, … all these and other parameters handles CM8 with easiness.
Clamp multimeters are often used mainly thanks to their ability to measure AC (and even DC) current even without a disconnection of a wire. But it´s only one basic feature, which more sophisticated devices can use even for another purposes, like comfortable measuring of power and power factor. Benning CM8 is a device able to provide detailed information regarding power conditions in a measured circuit and measure much more than usual clamp meters, for example:
● measuring of inrush current
● measuring of effective power in 4 ranges – 4/40/400/600 kW + calculation of a power factor in a full range -1,00…0…+1,00
● VAC true RMS in a frequency range of 45-500Hz, high accuracy up to a crest factor of 3
● harmonic distortion with 0,1% resolution and sensitivity up to 25-th harmonic (ACV, ACA)
● measuring of DC current up to 600A (0.1A resolution)
It can be said, that Benning CM8 is a device, with which it´s possible to check even large circuits and for example find possible source of defects and similar. Thanks to a measurement of inrush current it´s able to give a real information about a load of a circuit and thus for example to give an information, whether it´s possible to add another device into a given circuit etc.
Detailed information about the CM8 will give you the Benning CM8 user guide and an overview of Benning measuring and testing devices.
Top class multimeter Benning CM8 examines even motors - [Link]
A new, free 3D design tool aims to help engineers with 3D modeling of their designs by being easy to use. RS Components and SpaceClaim joined forces to develop the tool, which can be used to model physical elements of designs, such as enclosures or interface panels, without having to learn complex feature-based 3D tools. It can also be used to develop early prototypes, either as a PDF file or on a 3D printer.
DesignSpark Mechanical aims to overcome the two major entry barriers faced by potential users: the cost and steep learning curve of traditional 3D CAD tools. DesignSpark Mechanical is free, and it uses direct modeling so that engineers and others involved in product development can learn to use the software within minutes. [via]
Free 3D Modeling Tool Facilitates Mechanical Design - [Link]
The LTC4120 from Linear Technology is an all-in-one receiver chip for wirelessly charging battery-powered devices. It measures 3 x 3 mm and requires a pick-up coil at its input and a rechargeable battery at its output. A voltage is induced in the coil when it is in close proximity to the transmitter coil of a separate charging unit.
As well as the convenience of just placing your cell phone on a charging pad, this method is also ideal for hand-held devices that can’t use a conventional plug-in charger for reasons of hygiene or harsh/volatile atmospheres.
The battery charging functions allow for both constant current and constant voltage modes and a programmable float voltage level between 3.5 and 11 V accommodates a wide range of cell chemistries. An external resistor sets the charge current up to a maximum of 400 mA. It senses cell voltage and can initiate a low-voltage preconditioning phase if necessary. [via]
LTC4120 – Novel Contactless Battery Charger Chip - [Link]
What’s inside a modern 18W LED Fluoro T8 replacement tube from German company Mueller Licht?
EEVblog #533 – LED Fluoro Tube Teardown - [Link]
This video by Ray Wang demonstrates HID-class USB serial communication for AVRs using the V-USB library:
Serial communication is helpful for debugging and checking sensor values, and HID-class means it can work on all operating systems without driver installation. This is useful for many software-only USB projects such as based on ATmega328 or ATtiny45/85. To receive and send messages between the device and host, I wrote an HID serial monitor, similar to a standard serial monitor, using Processing.
HID-class USB Serial communication for AVRs using V-USB - [Link]
ezflyr posted his new project, the GPS to Xbee Bridge:
Here is my latest project, a ‘GPS to Xbee Bridge’. This project utilizes a USGlobalsat BR-355 GPS receiver, and an Xbee module to wirelessly transmit a GPS-derived time/date info packet to a variety of home-brew clocks around my home! These clocks consist of an odd mix of Nixie Tube clocks and GLCD clocks that I’ve design and built over the years! The design is based on a PIC 18F14K22 processor which receives and parses incoming NMEA data from the BR-355 GPS module, and an Xbee or Xbee Pro wireless module. These packets are transmitted every 15 seconds!
‘GPS to Xbee bridge’ project - [Link]
Web-based relay controller for home automation.
Home automation is getting increasingly popular these days mainly due to reduced cost and simplicity through web or smartphone connectivity. Here’s a DIY version of web-based home automation controller that allows you to have a set of six relays connected to the end of a piece of Ethernet cable that can be accessed from a web browser anywhere from your house. You can use it to control or program the operation of lights, water pumps, or any other electrical appliances at home. The project uses Arduino (Atmega328) microcontroller and the ENC28J60 ethernet controller chipset.
Web-based relay controller for home automation - [Link]
Here is a complete teardown of Samsung Galaxy Note 3. by TechInsights:
In 2011 Samsung defined a new category with its 5.3″ diagonal Galaxy Note phone. The original Note was so large it was considered by many as a phone that aspired to be a tablet, hence the term “phablet” was coined. The Galaxy Note’s monstrous screen was so out of place in the phone marketplace that the competition didn’t event mount a comparable rebuttal for nearly 12 months. Now nearly every manufacturer offers a five-inch plus device. But they all still struggle to unseat the category leader.
With the third iteration of the Galaxy Note, Samsung has refused to add kitschy features. Rather it has focused on improving the human interaction elements in using this device as an all-in-one communications device. First off the “S-Pen” continues to be linked into more of the embedded Samsung software and features, while the new Galaxy Watch (teardown coming shortly) promises further improvements to the ways the user interacts with the device’s proven functionality.
Teardown: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 still the category leader - [Link]