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20 Dec 2011

dangerousprototypes.com writes:

Philip wanted to make the smallest vusbtiny AVR programmer possible. His design incorporates both an edge PCB and a mini-B cable connector for the USB.

Vusbtiny is a AVR programer based on the V-USB virtual low-speed USB firmware. V-USB is a software USB engine for AVR devices that don’t have hardware USB serial interface engines.

Phillip also designed a cable version of this project that is available on his site.

Ultra-small vusbtiny AVR programmer - [Link]

10 Dec 2011

Atmel launches digital audio development system – [via]

Atmel Corporation has announced a complete hardware and firmware digital audio solution aimed at simplifying the design of digital audio equipment for consumer, automotive and industrial applications. Based on the Atmel’s AVR UC3 microcontrollers, the Digital Audio Platform is specifically tailored for audio applications such as USB docking stations for smartphones and media players.

The platform comprises dedicated microcontrollers, evaluation kits and firmware IP. The firmware IP includes control and streaming interfaces for popular smartphones and portable media players as well as MP3, WMA and AAC decoders, USB protocol stacks, and a complete file system to allow designers to utilize mass storage devices such as USB flash disks and SD cards. The Digital Audio Platform is ideal for applications including docking stations, USB mass storage, SD card playback, car stereos, USB speakers, microphones, and various voice and music equipment.

Atmel launches digital audio development system - [Link]

3 Dec 2011

Please welcome ArduPilotMega 2.0! – DIY Drones. Jordi writes – [via]

APM 2.0 is the culmination of almost a year of hard work. We wanted to make it perfect and we finally have it, we are pushing the limits of AVR and Arduino. I’m sure you will love it, and it’s designed to cover all the DIY community expectations (including those that are not so DIY and are only interested for something that doesn’t require soldering skills).

ArduPilotMega 2.0! - [Link]

23 Nov 2011

alternet.us.com writes:

For a while now, my friends and I have been brewing beer at my house. I was inspired by an old Sparkfun tutorial about a bubble logger for Nate’s terrible wine. I figured that while logging bubbles is interesting and all, wouldn’t it be more useful to have real-time information on the fermentation process? I basically copied the optical gate method of counting bubbles, added a sensitive pressure sensor, and an AVR development board (Yes, Arwen, that’s your old TekBots board! ).

Homebrew bubble counter - [Link]

23 Nov 2011

circuitvalley.com writes:

USBasp is a USB in-circuit programmer for Atmel AVR controllers. It simply consists of an ATMega48 and ATMega88 an ATMega8 and a couple of passive components. The programmer uses a firmware-only USB driver, no special USB controller is needed.


  • Works under multiple platforms. Linux, Mac OS X and Windows are tested.
  • No special controllers or smd components are needed.
  • Programming speed is up to 5kBytes/sec.
  • SCK option to support targets with low clock speed (< 1,5MHz).

USBasp – USB programmer for Atmel AVR controllers - [Link]

23 Nov 2011

circuitvalley.com writes:

This simple COM PORT based AVR atmega Programmer will allow you to painlessly transfer hex programs to most ATMEL AVR microcontrollers without sacrificing your budget and time. It is more reliable than most other simple AVR programmers available out there and can be built in very short amount of time.

AVR programmer consists of in-circuit serial programmer (dongle) and small pcb with a DIP socket where you can fit your microcontroller and have it quickly programmed.

AVR Serial Port Programmer - [Link]

22 Nov 2011

jumperone.com writes:

My parents growing their own organic food and they asked me to deal with winter temperatures problem in the storage room. It gets really cold here, in Ukraine. Some winters have even lower temperatures than -30°C (-22°F). So right now I designing a simple thermostat for keeping temperature at about 5-7 degrees C above zero. Plus right now I started to use my garage as a gym, so this thermostat would be handy there too.

It’s based around ATMEL AVR ATtiny2313 microcontroller, it will measure temperature using DS18B20 digital temperature sensor, and it has a 30A 240VAC relay to control heater.

ATtiny2313 – Based Thermostat Project - [Part1]+[Part2]+[Part3]

5 Nov 2011

If you like the AVR ATmega microprocessors, then the AVR XMEGA offer you even more reasons why to use them in your appliances.

Single-chip microprocessors AVR ATmega have gained a huge popularity all over the world. Because an excellent can also be even better, Atmel Corporation came to the market with the innovated series of these processors under marking XMEGA.

Generally known excellent properties of 8 bit RISC processors AVR Atmega, were further improved by developers in Atmel Corporation in this new line of 8/16 bit AVR XMEGA processors. That they succeeded, testifies this concise overview of innovations:

  • fast precise 12 bit AD converter (ADC)
  • fast 12 bit DA converter (DAC)
  • DMA controller for CPU independent data transfer
  • event system, most of peripherials and the DMA controller can use it, what significantly offloads CPU
  • ultra low power consumption – picoPOWER technology for a minimal consumption of 100nA in the Power down mode
  • EBI bus for RAM extension, peripherials (LCD) or memory-mapped devices
  • free Qtouch library for operation with capacitive touch panels
  • full speed USB connectivity without external crystal (at some models)
  • free AVR Software Framework including all common USB device classes
  • LCD display driver for a direct connection of LCD to processor
  • true 1.6V operation and speeds up to 32 MHz
  • AES, DES crypting protocols
  • 3-level interrupt controller (priority is freely user definable)
  • CRC modul (cyclic redundancy check) for data integrity check
  • RTC (real time clock) with optional battery backup system
  • analog comparators with adjustable hysteresis and propagation delay
  • external oscillator failure detection – in case of failure, CPU will start operation with the internal 2MHz oscillator
  • supply voltage 1.6 to 3.6V

Atmel AVR XMEGA will provide you eXtra more - [Link]

26 Oct 2011

RoboProgrammer – Automated AVR (or PIC etc) programmer – [via]

Recently, I needed to have a bunch of AVRs programmed… A big bunch… And as I am really lazy when it comes to do repeated procedures, I decided to make a robot to do this for me.

RoboProgrammer – Automated AVR (or PIC etc) programmer - [Link]

18 Oct 2011

ad7gd.net writes:

This little board demonstrates the capabilities of the MMA2260 +/- 1.5g X-Axis Micromachined Accelerometer. As you tip it back and forth, LEDs light up to show the magnitude and direction of the G force.

The MMA2260 is the fat SOIC 16 in the upper left, isolated so it could be cut off of the board and used as a breakout, keeping only a pin header and the recommended decoupling and output RC filter.

The microcontroller is a PIC16F628, which is entirely unsuited to this application, having no ADC. I failed to notice that, being quick to note “AN0″ on PORTA and slow to note that it was for a comparator, not an ADC. However, there is a builtin programmable voltage reference which was sufficiently accurate for lighting up 8 LEDs. I’m trying to get away from PICs, as AVRs have spoiled me with their GCC support, many registers and sane memory organization. Even on this project, which is only about 30 lines of C, most of the work was fighting SDCC bugs (failure to banksel, in this case). I’ve discovered a perverse pleasure in soldering down ICs to counteract my packrat nature. It did force me to put an ICSP header on, however.

MMA2260 Accelerometer Demo - [Link]





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