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16 Dec 2014


by Solarcycle @ instructables.com:

Power Stacker is a portable, modular, USB rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack. Stack them together for power hungry projects or separate them for smaller projects with this modular system. The Gerber, BOM, and .STL files are available below.

Power Stacker does what other USB rechargeable batteries have failed to do, and that’s the ability to combine together for increased battery capacity or separate in to many small batteries for smaller projects. You can literally use the same Power Stacker batteries for many years across many applications!

Stackable USB Rechargeable Battery System - [Link]

11 Dec 2014


The FT600 is a high speed USB 3.0 FIFO bridge with up to 5Gbps of bandwidth. It comes with the option of 16 and 32 bits wide parallel FIFO interface. FT600Q is a 56-pin QFN package with the 16-bit option and FT601Q is a 76-pin QFN package with the 32-bit wide FIFO bus interface. Both of these chips support up to 8 endpoints other than the management endpoints. [via]

High Speed USB 3.0 interface with a single chip - [Link]

3 Dec 2014

PREMOBOARD is a expansion board to expand your networking/embedded experience.

PremoBoard can be controlled by any system via the USB port: it is an expansion board designed for (but not limited to) cubieboard (A10 or A20).

PremoBoard is a expansion board featuring the following:

– 4 USB 2.0
– 2 LAN 10/100

Premoboard - [Link]

2 Dec 2014


by fobit.blogspot.com:

Hey, sorry everyone, I know it’s been a while. But I hope this post will make up for that! Anyone who has done embedded programming knows that an easy way for microcontrollers (like arduino) to connect to a PC is through a serial connection. Unfortunately, not many computers have a serial port these days, and while are a lot of chips that will act like a usb-serial converter, they tend to be somewhere in the $3-5 range. However, I found one chip, the CH340G, that only costs 40 cents!

CH340G – alternative USB to serial IC - [Link]

29 Nov 2014


Limpkin has build a development board for the ESP8266-03:

The ESP8266 modules come with a pre-loaded firmware that will accept some commands through their UART interface (connect to wifi, open udp socket, send data to this IP…). Moreover, since Espressif recently released their SDK you can now load your own custom programs using the existing bootloader. To launch this bootloader you just have to connect some IOs to GND in a specific order.
However, anyone wanting to develop a project involving dozens of Wifi nodes has to start from somewhere, eg make a prototype of their future platform. That is why I developed this development board, so the prototyping stage is as simple as possible.
As you can see in the picture below the dev board breaks out all the ESP8266-03 IOs, includes a 3.3V LDO, a USB to UART converter, some logic and a button to automatically start the bootloader.

A development board for the ESP8266-03 - [Link]

19 Nov 2014


by tehnikservice.net:

The board includes AMS1117 – 5V voltage regulator and AMS1117–3.3V, Voltage Regulator, providing fixed supply voltages. It features three voltage input options: a screw terminal connector, DC adapter connector and USB connector. It can operate on 6-12V DC power supply and has separate screw terminals for 3.3V and 5V outputs.

5V – 3.3V REG BOARD - [Link]

18 Nov 2014


Control of up to 680 pixels on any of the popular LED strips from any device with a USB port! One controller to rule them all!

Working with addressable LED strips, we’ve found that the extra components required to communicate with and power them complicate designs and limit the options for how they can be used. Each chipset requires its own special protocol and supporting hardware components. This is where the AllPixel comes in. Think of it as a video card for your LED strips.

AllPixel – USB Interface For All Your LED Needs - [Link]

14 Nov 2014


by elektor.com:

The FT600 and FT601 are both USB 3.0 to FIFO interface chips supporting the USB 3.0 Super Speed (5 Gb/s) and USB 2.0 High Speed (480 Mb/s) data transfer standards. The FT600Q has a 16-bit wide FIFO bus interface and comes in a 56-pin QFN package while the FT601Q uses a 32-bit wide FIFO interface, packaged in a 76-pin QFN outline. The FT601 and FT600 support both the single-in and single-out 245 FIFO interfacing standard and the multi-channel FIFO mode which can handle a total of 8 channels (4 INs and 4 OUTs). The FIFO interface can support multi-voltage I/O (1.8 V, 2.5 V or 3.3 V) and an operating frequency of 66.67 MHz or 100 MHz (100 MHz only for 2.5 V and 3.3 V).

FTDI Launch USB 3.0 Chip - [Link]

13 Nov 2014


High power of the UDOO “asks” for usage. One of many occasions to make it is to use various available periphery thus gaining a truly universal platform.

Favorite powerful embedded SBC called UDOO (S975-G000-2100-C2) already found many fans. Maybe also because of its compatibility with the Arduino Due platform (hardware and software) and mainly, it´s possible to connect it with various accessories. Thanks to a wide range of interfaces (USB, Ethernet, bluetooth, WiFi, …) is a connection of periphery flawless, what´s also a case of the 5MPx camera (autofocus).

Despite miniature dimensions this camera provides very decent resolution and speed – for example VGA (640×480) @90fps or 1080p @30fps, or QSXGA (2592×1944) @15fps. Also beneficial is recording of a video in a full 70°field of view (FOV).For a practical usage and application development with UDOO also serves the „Starter kit EU” containing an adapter for the third USB, RTC battery holder, HDMI cable with the UDOO logo, USB/ Micro USB Type B cable, SATA power supply cable, power supply adapter and an 8 GB micro SD card.

Perhaps the biggest “attraction” is the spacious 7“ display KIT LCD 7”–Touch 800×480 px RGB with a capacitive touch panel. By connecting of this display with the UDOO microcomputer, we get a ready-made platform usable to control various processes, with a power, which easily suits to majority of applications. Detailed information about the UDOO can be found in our article: Do you want a microcomputer which will „handle everything“?.

High power of the UDOO “asks” for usage - [Link]

10 Nov 2014


RaysHobby build a project called RFToy:

it’s an Arduino-compatible microcontroller board for interfacing with radio frequency (RF) modules, such as the popular 433/315MHz transmitter/receiver, and the nRF24L01 transceiver. The RFToy has a built-in ATmega328, USB-serial converter (CH340G), 128×64 OLED display, three buttons, and a coin battery holder. Programming is done in Arduino through the on-board mini-USB port. It has three sets of pin headers to directly fit RF modules, and an audio jack to output RF receiver signals to a computer’s sound card. Using RFToy you can build a variety of projects involving RF modules, such as remote control and wireless sensors.


Introducing RFToy, an Arduino-compatible gadget for radio frequency modules - [Link]





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