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19 Nov 2013
Atmel’s Core-A5-based MPU handles displays up to 2048 × 2048

Atmel’s Core-A5-based MPU handles displays up to 2048 × 2048

By Jim Harrison:

The human-machine interface, once simply known as an “operator panel” or “terminal”, is changing rapidly, due to the graphical, visual way operators now interact with an industrial machine or process. At one time, designers of these systems could get by with a three-line segmented LCD display. Today, LCD interfaces are quickly replacing traditional LED and segment LCD displays as designers take advantage of the aesthetic, flexibility, and cost benefits they provide.

MCUs with High-Resolution Graphics Control - [Link]

18 Nov 2013


Oscar writes:

The compact FPV system I have built is only about 20g, now even my mini quadcopter and micro hexacopter can carry this FPV camera and video transmitter. In this post I will share with you what are the parts you will need and how I made it.

Super light weight RC FPV quadcopter DIY solution - [Link]

18 Nov 2013


This interesting spray from the Kontakt Chemie portfolio will serve in an office but also at the production of electronics and in many other segments.

Name “Label off” discloses a main purpose of usage of this spray. But that´s not all. Because Label Off is a mixture of solvents which particularly well dissolve sticky substances, it can be successfully used everywhere, where it´s necessary to remove residues after adhesive tapes or other hard-to-remove substances like tar and tree resin. Despite a considerable effect, the spray is considerate to many plastics, only can´t be used on polystyrene and polycarbonate. Label Off can be even used on a cardboard/ paper boxes.

Label Off acts very simply – all that is necessary is to spray a thin layer to a label or other place, which we want to clean and wait approx- 2 minutes. After this time it´s usually possible to peel-off a label without residues. Occasional residues can be removed by a repeated application of Label Off and wiping by a (paper) cloth.

Detailed information will provide you the Label Off datasheet.

Label off will remove not only labels - [Link]

16 Nov 2013


Low losses, precise design, low power consumption and moreover a very affordable price are one of several reasons saying for the signal relays from Fujitsu.

Despite a big advance in a segment of semiconductors, there are still many reasons for usage of electromechanical relays. Galvanic isolation of a driving signal from a switched signal, resistance to surges, minimum crosstalk among switched signals and a minimal or no distortion are main arguments for a classic relay.
In fact a word “classic” even isn´t appropriate, because development of relays is still in progress and it brings results in a form of small dimensions, higher lifetime, low power consumption, high isolation strength etc., that´s why many modern types overcome their predecessors quite significantly.

We´d like to focus your attention for example to series FTR-B3 and FTR-B4. Both are ultra- miniature with a low power consumption and highly reliable bifurcated gold-plated contacts. A big advantage is, that both series also contain latching types with a „zero“ power consumption, thus requiring only a short pulse at switching. In respect to miniature dimensions and an affordable price, their usage is beneficial not only for a signal transmission, but also for example for driving/ switching of various processes and similar.

Detailed information will provide you the FTR-B3 and FTR-B4.

Connect a signal without distortion – via a Fujitsu relay - [Link]

15 Nov 2013


Wouldn’t it be ideal if you could just press ‘print’ to produce a printed circuit board? In a paper titled ‘Instant Inkjet Circuits: Lab-Based Inkjet Printing To Support Rapid Prototyping Of Ubicomp Devices’ researchers Yoshihiro Kawahara of the University of Tokyo, Steve Hodges of Microsoft Research and Benjamin Cook, Cheng Zhang and Gregory Abowd of the Georgia Institute of Technology have detailed exactly how it can be done using commercially available products. To start off with take a standard inkjet printer, fill its cartridge with silver nanoparticle ink and using a normal PCB layout program, print the PCB layout onto resin coated paper, PET film, photo paper or just plain paper. Once deposited the traces undergo a chemical sintering process as the pattern dries and they become conductive.

Instant Inkjet Circuits - [Link]

15 Nov 2013


Researchers Steve Dunn at Queen Mary University and James Durrant at Imperial College London have been experimenting with a new design of thin, flexible solar cell made from zinc oxide. Manufacturing costs of the new cells will be significantly lower than conventional silicon based technology. The only disadvantage is their poor efficiency; just 1.2 %, a fraction of that achievable with silicon.

The material also exhibits piezo-electric properties, nanoscale rods of the material generate electricity when they are subjected to mechanical stresses produced by sound wave pressure. Sound levels as low as 75dB, equivalent to that from an office printer, were shown to improve efficiency. Durrant said “The key for us was that certain frequencies increased the solar cell output, we tried our initial tests with various types of music including pop, rock and classical”. Rock and pop were found to be the most effective. Using a signal generator to produce sounds similar to ambient noise they saw a 50 % increase in efficiency, rising from 1.2 % without sound to 1.8 % with sound.

New Solar Cell Shows a Preference for AC/DC - [Link]

14 Nov 2013

active_filter_designBy Bonnie Baker

Active analog filters can be found in almost every electronic circuit. Audio systems use filters for frequency-band limiting and equalization. Designers of communication systems use filters for tuning specific frequencies and eliminating others. To attenuate high-frequency signals, every data acquisition system has either an anti-aliasing (low-pass) filter before the analog-to-digital converter (ADC) or an anti-imaging (low-pass) filter after the digital-to-analog converter (DAC). This analog filtering can also remove higher-frequency noise superimposed on the signal before it reaches the ADC or after it leaves the DAC. If an input signal to an ADC is beyond half of the converter’s sampling frequency, the magnitude of that signal is converted reliably; but the frequency is modified as it aliases back into the digital output.

Designing active analog filters in minutes - [Link]

14 Nov 2013


This is a 7 segment clock displaying HH:MM:SS using PIC16F84A and 4017 digital IC. Complete source files are included.

PIC16F84A Digital Clock - [Link]

13 Nov 2013

Wednesday again belonged to SOS webinars. This time you could learn more about Rohde & Schwarz and mainly about its products, so-called „Value Instruments“.

Video from SOS webinar – The use of oscilloscopes in practice - [Link]

13 Nov 2013


By Bill Schweber:

In a wireless design, two components are the critical interfaces between the antenna and the electronic circuits, the low-noise amplifier (LNA) and the power amplifier (PA). However, that is where their commonality ends. Although both have very simple functional block diagrams and roles in principle, they have very different challenges, priorities, and performance parameters.

How so? The LNA functions in a world of unknowns. As the “front end” of the receiver channel, it must capture and amplify a very-low-power, low-voltage signal plus associated random noise which the antenna presents to it, within the bandwidth of interest. In signal theory, this is called the unknown signal/unknown noise challenge, the most difficult of all signal-processing challenges.

Understanding the Basics of Low-Noise and Power Amplifiers in Wireless Designs - [Link]





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