The LTM4625 from Linear Technology is a switching mode μModule (micromodule) regulator in a tiny 6.25 mm × 6.25 mm × 5.01 mm BGA package. Like many of the newer regulator designs, the package includes the switching controller; power FETs, inductor and support components. Operating over an input voltage range of 4 V to 20 V (or 2.375 V to 20 V with an external bias supply) the LTM4625 supports an output voltage range of 0.6 V to 5.5 V, set by a single external resistor. Its high efficiency design delivers up to 5A continuous output current. Only bulk input and output capacitors are needed.
Complete 5A step-down Regulator - [Link]
by Scargill @ scargill.wordpress.com:
This article describes the ESP-01, fitted with LUA firmware that is able to converse with a serial terminal in a high level language, store programs and data, turn things on and off in a package that costs almost nothing. The possibilities for ridiculously cheap remote temperature sensors and more are finally here. The software is new, the hardware is relatively new – and we need people working on software to make remote access easy. No guarantees here as I have only tested (and reported on) some of the features. Am important fix that made this practical to use only came through in the early hours of this morning – there will be bugs but at least it’s a starting point – all you have to lose is a little time.
Probably the Cheapest WIFI Computer in the World (ESP8266+LUA) - [Link]
by Steven Keeping @ digikey.com:
The majority of contemporary LEDs are constructed from a combination of Indium gallium nitride (InGaN) and sapphire substrate. The architecture works well and has allowed LED manufacturers to offer products exhibiting efficacies in excess of 150 lm/W. However, the architecture does have some drawbacks which have encouraged chipmakers to seek other options.
One commercially successful alternative is silicon carbide (SiC), and LEDs based on the substrate have been on the market for two years. Now a new generation of the technology has been released that promises to double the luminosity of the current brightest single LEDs and cut lighting fixture costs by 40 percent.
Silicon Carbide Substrate Boosts LED Luminosity - [Link]
praveen @ circuitstoday.com:
This article is about interfacing pressure sensor to arduino. The pressure sensor used here is SPD005G from Smartec . SPD (Smart Pressure Device) is a series of silicon based pressure sensors suitable for industrial as well as house hold applications. These sensors are generally available in plastic inline or dual inline packaging. SPD sensors are generally available in two operation modes namely gauge type and absolute type. In gauge type the pressure is measured with respect to the atmospheric pressure. There is a small vent on the package for getting contact with the atmosphere. In absolute type, the pressure is measured with respect to vacuum. A small vacuum chamber is incorporated into the package during fabrication. Typical applications of SPD005G are medical systems, BP monitoring, air conditioning systems, process control, hand held pressure sensors etc.
Interfacing pressure sensor to arduino - [Link]
I bought recently on yahoo auctions a set of 4 gameboys (1 brick, 2 colors and 1 pocket 1st gen) because I had a plan to hack them and I needed some guinea pigs. I have already 2 at home but … well, it was a total of 1,500 JPY (10 euro w/ delivery) so. Got them yesterday morning, quick check: all working modulo the inevitable sticky buttons or gunk that went everywhere after 15 years. Dismantle, wash (water & soap), remove glue (ugly pokemon stickers) and marker (acetone), dry, reassemble. Working fine, nice looking and that vomiting man-sweat smell is gone (previous owner must have had very sweaty hands).
Gameboy battery upgrade - [Link]
by Steve Taranovich @ edn.com:
The BME680 from Bosch Sensortec is the world’s first environmental sensor combining pressure, humidity, temperature, and indoor air quality in a single 3×3mm2 package.
The new IC enables mobile devices and wearables to monitor indoor air quality measurement in a low power, small footprint package. The level of integration is what makes this solution so attractive as well as Bosch’s capabilities with software algorithms for a full solution.
The IC will enable multiple new capabilities for portable and mobile devices such as air quality measurement, personalized weather stations, indoor navigation, fitness monitoring, home automation, and other applications for the Internet of Things (IoT).
Combo MEMS sensor solution with integrated gas sensor - [Link]
by Jason Poel Smith @ makezine.com:
When working in extreme temperatures it is important to monitor your body temperature. In freezing weather, your fingers and toes get numb and you can develop frostbite without even noticing it. Likewise, if your core body temperature drops too low, you can start to start to suffer the effects of hypothermia before you are aware of it.
So I designed an automatic temperature sensor that will monitor the temperature of your fingers, your toes, and your torso, as well as the outside temperature. This can help you to stay safe when working in extreme cold.
Wearable Temperature Sensors For Working in Extreme Cold - [Link]
New version of a favorite RFID module ID12LA will enable you to implement RFID into your device even more easily thanks to a wide range of supply voltage.
Literally “globally known” with an integrated antenna – ID12 and its familiar like for example ID2 or ID20 have earned a big popularity thanks to a flawless usage and reliability. Perhaps the only disadvantage of this module was narrow range of operating supply voltage, what in praxis enabled only usage of 5V DC. New version – ID12LA solves also this small drawback and the new module works in a range of 2.8-5VDC. This also enable their usage even with a 3.3V logic and for example in battery operated devices (3-4x NiMH, or 1x Lithium cell, …) without necessity of DC converters or a precise voltage regulation.
The module ID12LA (range approx. 12cm), as well as ID20LA (range approx.16cm) are in our stable stock offer, similarly also the Mifare version (13,56 MHz) – ID20MFIA. In case, that you prefer the maximum range, it´s possible to use module ID2 supplied with an external antenna (range up to 30 cm).
Detailed information will provide you datasheets at particular types below the article.
RFID module ID12LA will also abide a lower voltage - [Link]
Infrared headphones can be used for listening to music or television cordlessly. The headphones utilize a transmitter that connects with audio cables to the audio source, such as a home entertainment center. The transmitter utilizes light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to direct a focused beam of invisible pulsating light towards a receiver built into the headphone set. The pulsations act as ON/OFF signals that are translated digitally by the receiver into audible sound waves. Most infrared headphones have an effective range of about 30 feet (~10 meters) or less, and require a clear line of sight between transmitter and receiver.
Sound comes out of the stereo system through audio cables and into an infrared transmitter. The transmitter turns the sound into a series of pulses. The pulses work like bits in a computer, digitally capturing the sound information. These pulses are then sent to an infrared LED.
For the transmitter side, an audio input from PL1 frequency modulates the VCO section of a HEF4046BT PLL chip. The VCO output drives Q1, a switching transistor. Q1 drives two IR LEDs. The signal produced is around 100 kHz, FM carrier VCO sensitivity is around 7.5 kHz/V.
Wireless IR Headphone Transmitter – [Link]
The Russian smartphone called the YotaPhone will go on sale in the U.S. later in 2015. Its best feature is that it features an E-Ink e-reader on the back that extends its battery life to 100 hours. But will people buy it? We already know that the U.S. National Security Agency is listening to our phone calls for terrorist talk, but what might the Russian’s have hidden inside their smartphone? Probably nothing, but it makes you wonder: R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog and EE Times
Russian Smartphone Sports Two Screens, but Is It Spying on Its User Too - [Link]