The PIC24F is a very versatile piece of hardware. I use it at work all the time. Along with the MPLAB IDE and the free C30 compiler, these products from Microchip make for a powerful combination. You can pretty much do anything on the lower end of the frequency spectrum. I would like to share with the web, some of the intricacies of the microcontroller as I have become somewhat familiar with the chip. Most of these resources will apply to the other processors from Microchip 16-bit series. If you have any questions, feel free the comment or email. Come back to this page often as I will be adding features and code for all of the web to see.
PIC24 Tutorial - [Link]
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A booster board for the MSP430 LaunchPad controls brushless DC motors with or without sensors. A bunch of double NPN transistor MBT2222AD ICs drive the motors. [via]
I thought that I would share my project on the forum. I call it BLDC Booster. It is a booster pack for the MSP430 LaunchPad that allows for sensored or sensorless control of a brushless DC motor. It is open source hardware & firmware under Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike license.
Sensorless Brushless DC Motor Drive with MSP430 - [Link]
Ric Kaner set out to find a new way to make graphene, the thinnest and strongest material on earth. What he found was a new way to power the world.
The Super Supercapacitor - [Link]
The XLamp XM-L2 LED by Cree delivers up to 186 lumens-per-watt at 350 mA at 25°C, performance. Using its revolutionary SC3 Technology LED platform, the XM-L2 LEDs double lumens/dollar, delivering 20% more lumens-per-watt over the original XM-L LED. [via]
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Jianyi Liu wrote a tutorial on PCB fabrication at home. He states: [via]
A few years ago, I started experimenting with homemade prototype PCBs as an alternative to professionally fabricated PCBs from board manufacturing company. My company was flexible enough to give me some resources and time to explore the subject matter. What I discovered was that with a small initial investment, you can make reasonably high quality two sided boards. In addition, all the equipment needed was easily accessible. I’ve decided to put my findings into this guide. Hopefully some of my fellow hobbyists will find the information useful
DIY PCB tutorial - [Link]
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This project is “NanoUtils Xtal” – a crystal oscillator breakout board. The board is designed to be interfaced with microcontrollers that have their oscillator pins next to a ground pin. [via]
This board is a breakout containing a SMD crystal, two caps and a resistor meant to be used in breadboards when building something with an Atmel ATmega or a Microchip PIC that have the two crystal pins next to a GND pin. For instance the atmega328 or pic18f2550.
Crystal oscillator breakout - [Link]
The Protocol Analyzer is a small tool that can catch, analyze and decode “slow” pulse based protocols. Typical examples are IR-Remotes or RF-Remotes. It uses the microphone input to read the signals. Since this is almost always available with drivers across operating systems, this tool works without any specific drivers on Windows, Linux and OSX. [via]
Protocol Analyzer can decode a number of standard protocols such as the infrared protocols: RC5, RC6, Pioneer, JVC, Nexa,X10, Pronto (See here for details of which) but the primary task of Protocol Analyzer is to aid in decoding new protocols. It behaves like a combination of an oscilloscope and a logic analyzer specifically aimed at analyzing digital protocols via the microphone input.
Protocol analyzer for IR and RF - [Link]