Microchip Technology Inc today announced from EE Live! and the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose the PIC16(L)F170X and PIC16(L)F171X family of 8-bit microcontrollers (MCUs), which combine a rich set of intelligent analog and core independent peripherals, along with cost-effective pricing and eXtreme Low Power (XLP) technology. Available in 14-, 20-, 28-, and 40/44-pin packages, the 11-member PIC16F170X/171X family of MCUs integrates two Op Amps to drive analog control loops, sensor amplification and basic signal conditioning, while reducing system cost and board space. These new devices also offer built-in Zero Cross Detect (ZCD) to simplify TRIAC control and minimize the EMI caused by switching transients. Additionally, these are the first PIC16 MCUs with Peripheral Pin Select, a pin-mapping feature that gives designers the flexibility to designate the pinout of many peripheral functions. The PIC16F170X/171X are general-purpose MCUs that are ideal for a broad range of applications, such as consumer (home appliances, power tools, electric razors), portable medical (blood-pressure meters, blood-glucose meters, pedometers), LED lighting, battery charging, power supplies and motor control.
Microchip Releases 8-bit PIC Micros with Intelligent Analog and Core Independent Peripherals - [Link]
This article explains the basic concepts of linear regulators and switching mode power supplies (SMPS). It is aimed at system engineers who may not be very familiar with power supply designs and selection. The basic operating principles of linear regulators and SMPS are explained and the advantages and disadvantages of each solution are discussed. The buck step-down converter is used as an example to further explain the design considerations of a switching regulator. by HENRY ZHANG
Andrianakis Haris describes in detail his B.Sc Thesis:
PLC (Power Line Communication) is the technology that allows data transmission over the existing Power Line network. Power Line can be the home power network or the national electricity transmission grid. The data that can be transferred is as diverse as its speed. With speeds of nearly 200Mbps, video transmission, voice, data and any other services can be transmitted successfully.
On this article i’m going to describe in detail my B.Sc Thesis in department of Electronic Computer Systems Engineer at Technological Education Institute of Piraeus, October of 2012 in Greece.
The project includes the design of two modules (transmitter – receiver) implementing a serial communication over the Mains connecting a remote large display to a weighing machine.
Power Line Communication - [Link]
Dave comments on the Sparkfun/Fluke multimeter customs trademark/trade dress fiasco, and shows off the new low cost Fluke 114/117 Kit Multimeter about to be released.
EEVblog #597 – Fluke 114 Kit Multimeter + Sparkfun/Fluke Rant - [Link]
Julian Ilett writes:
I discovered that due to a lucky co-incidence of voltage and internal resistance, a 100W LED can be connected directly across the terminals of two 18V Nickel Cadmium power tool batteries. And that means you can build a 100 Watt (7,500 Lumens) flashlight for less than $10 (not including batteries).
Monster 7,500 Lumens 100W LED Flashlight for under $10 - [Link]
by Zhongming Ye:
Flyback converters are widely used in isolated DC/DC applications because of their relative simplicity and low cost compared to alternative isolated topologies. Even so, designing a traditional flyback is not easy—the transformer requires careful design, and loop compensation is complicated by the well known right-half plane (RHP) zero and the propagation delay of the opto-coupler.
Linear Technology’s no-opto flyback converters, such as the LT3573, LT3574, LT3575, LT3511, and LT3512, simplify the design of flyback converters by incorporating a primary-side sensing scheme and running the converter in boundary mode.
Micropower Isolated Flyback Converter with Input Voltage Range from 6V to 100V - [Link]
cpldcpu did a teardown of an external USB battery:
The device has a USB micro-b socket which is used as 5V input for charging, and a normal USB-A socket as 5V output. The output power can be turned off and on by a toggle button. There are LEDs to indicate active power out (blue) and charging (red) states. The pictures above show the innards of the device. Most space is taken up by an ICR18650 LiIon battery, which are relatively common devices with 2600mAH. In addition, there is a tiny tiny PCB. The rear side of the PCB is dominated by a 4.7µH inductor, which is part of the boost converter to convert the 3.7V of the battery to the 5V USB output.
Tear down of a cheap external USB battery - [Link]
White Systems ApS has launched a new and unique product – Miniature Wi-Fi Module – they are very excited by its ability to bring connectivity to devices not originally intended to support wireless functionality. Less than 1 day is needed to bring wireless functionality for engineer without any experience in Wi-Fi technology.
White Systems ApS is proud to offer a Wi-Fi module as complete platform solution to support wireless functionality with TCP server/client and UDP server/client at very competent prices. Module is based on TI CC3000 Wi-Fi chip and Atmega328p –with physical dimension of 30mmx18mm. The Wi-Fi Module is programmed and controlled with a simple ASCII command language – 3 instructions are need to start TCP/UDP server/client. Please see attached datasheet & API documentation and sample app iPhone guide.
Key Feature and Benefits
- SmartConfig™ technology enables simple Wi-Fi configuration using a smartphone, tablet or PC
- Complete platform solution for WIFI, with TCP server, UDP server and SmartConfig™
- Less than 1 day is needed to bring wireless functionally into your project
- Low cost
No competing product comes close in terms of features, ease of use and price.
Availability and Evaluation Board
Miniature Wi-Fi Module is available for production for under 40$ per unit. Knowing of your interest in innovative electronics products, we leave you open the opportunity to explore incredible new Wi-Fi product that we are sure your readers would like.
About White Systems ApS
Established in 2014, based on more than 20 years of development experience within wireless communication as ZigBee, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, company has been launched this January. In first 2 months company launched three products all based on the Miniature Wi-Fi Module. White Systems Aps is privately owned by three electronics engineer, with offices in Holte, Denmark. For further information, please visit our Web site at www.white-systems.com
Internet of Things – White Systems ApS has released an incredible new Wi-Fi product - [Link]
jojo @ circuitstoday.com writes:
When we learn a new programming language in computer science (say C, PHP or Java), we begin the learning curve with the classic “Hello World” program. We learn some essential keywords used in the programming language, then we learn the structure of the language and finally we begin to play with the language by making it display the two words “hello world” in our computer screen. So that’s how we begin to learn a programming language used to build computer applications. Our world of embedded systems is a little different. We create software to control hardware. In our world, we begin our learning curve by saying “hello world” using an LED. Our way of “hello world” is blinking an LED using the micro controller under study.
Blink LED with Arduino – say Hello World - [Link]
The era of the MEMS switch may finally be here thanks to the research efforts of GE. Its MEMS chip, as small as 50 microns square, swathes as fast as 3 GHz and can handle up to 5-kiloWatts of power, making it a candidate for everything from industrial power control, to turning on light bulbs to switching antennas inside a smartphone.
MEMS Switch from GE claims fastest/highest Power Crown - [Link]