Arduino Oscilloscope

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Noriaki Mitsunaga has build an Arduino Oscilloscope using minimum parts. He writes:

I have created a simple Arduino Oscilloscope as above picture shows. Here is its summary. You can build your own!

Arduino Oscilloscope – [Link]

MCP2221 HID Library

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Zak’s Electronics Blog published a new library and breakout board for MCP2221 USB to UART interface IC:

This is a library for interfacing with the HID features of the MCP2221 USB to UART and I2C/SMBus serial converter from Microchip. The converter includes 4 GPIO pins, 3x 10-bit ADCs, 1x 5-bit DAC and more. Microchip does provide a library for interfacing with the chip, however it is supplied as proprietary DLLs. This project aims to be an open-source and multi-platform alternative. libraryThis library also makes use of HIDAPI.

MCP2221 HID Library – [Link]

ESP8266 + Attiny85 + DHT22 Temperature/Humidity Logger

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by guibom @ github.com:

Basic ESP8266 + Attiny85 + DHT22 Temperature and Humidity logger. I’ve made this to experiment a bit with the ESP8266 wifi module, and hopefully make a remote sensor that posts the data to my server.

I wrote the code to work with both an atmega328 and a attiny85. The mcu sleeps in between readings, consuming about 35uA while powered down (the ESP module, even when chip-disabled, is responsable for about 80% of that).

The UDP messages are very specific to my use case; I have a node-red UDP listener that receives JSON strings from the logger and forward them as MQTT messages. But it should be very easy to change it to send whatever you might need.

ESP8266 + Attiny85 + DHT22 Temperature/Humidity Logger – [Link]

Enclosure 1455 NHD won’t be scared by a hot summer

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The latest extruded aluminium enclosure from Hammond production – 1455 NHD is suitable even for devices requiring more intensive cooling.

The latest addition to the family of the popular 1455 enclosure series is the enclosure with “NHD” suffix – where “HD” marks “Heat Dissipating” design. Six fins (zones) with cooling ribs significantly improve cooling. With its “N” size it´s suitable for PCB of the “Eurocard” size (100x160mm).

Possibilities of the new enclosure
They´re really wide. Thanks to seven inner slots, it´s easy to find a suitable position for your PCB. Removable front panels consequently secure a PCB against movement and at the same time they can be easily machined by drilling/ milling for usage of various connectors, switches, LEDs,…

And it´s still not all …
As the body of the enclosure consists of two pieces – with a removable base plate, it provides excellent reach to inner electronics even in case, when we don´t want to remove the PCB from the enclosure. The enclosure also contains six internal and two external T slots enabling installation of various components inside (by fixings sliding into the slot) or enables fixing of the enclosure to a panel/wall or similar.
Upon request we´re able to provide you any of the two versions – 1455NHD1601 (natural elox) as well as 1455NHD1601BK (black).

Enclosure 1455 NHD won’t be scared by a hot summer – [Link]

Triacs – How to calculate power and predict Tjmax

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An application note from NXP on how to calculate the power dissipated by the triac:

This Application Note describes how to calculate the power dissipation for triacs and Silicon Controlled Rectifiers. Thermal calculations are also included to help the circuit designer to predict the maximum junction temperature or calculate the required heatsink thermal resistance. Four worked examples ensure that all the power and thermal questions that arise during the design process are covered.

Triacs – How to calculate power and predict Tjmax – [Link]

Milk in Fridge – Internet of Things

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by samsungite @ instructables.com:

I think that one day, all food cupboards & fridges/freezers will be smart. All products will have an RFID or video recognizable label which will update a list of product usage. Your local supermarket will gather this information & replenish your products as required – who knows ??

Milk in Fridge – Internet of Things – [Link]

50,000V High Voltage Power Supply

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by Victor8o5 @ instructables.com:

This high voltage power supply has been designed to output a fixed voltage of around 50kV, it could easily be converted to an adjustable supply by connecting a variac in case of using transformers or by adding some extra circuitry to regulate the power going in. I initially thought about a high frequency PWM to regulate the power going into the capacitors, but I abandoned the idea. I found that adjusting the frequency is enough to make the voltage vary by a significant amount, allowing some control over it, this happens because the flyback must operate at a certain frequency in order to maximize the output.

50,000V High Voltage Power Supply – [Link]

Burning the Bootloader on ATMega328 using USBasp Programmer

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by openelectronicsproject.blogspot.com:

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to burn arduino bootloader on new ATmega328 using USBasp ISP programmer.Please be noted that every Arduino Board comes with a microcontroller ATmega328 pre-program with arduino bootloader firmware. Therefore, there is no need to burn the bootloader firmware again.But if you want to make your own DIY arduino board than you need to burn arduino bootloader into ATmega328. So here i’ll show you how to load arduino bootloader into atmega328 step by step.

Burning the Bootloader on ATMega328 using USBasp Programmer – [Link]

Automotive Chip-On-Glass LCD Dot Matrix Driver

The automotive products are quite recognized nowadays. It brings high demand on automotive chip and other related electronic devices. These demands are diverse, which brings difficulties to automotive developers. In this design, users are provided a modifiable firmware using In-System/In-Application Programming (ISP/IAP) via USB. It features the Vertical Alignment (VA) Chip-On-Glass (COG) display module with integrated backlight. The power supply can be done either via USB or an external power supply. This can also be used for an external VLCD that also provide temperature compensation. Its 100 segment and 18 backplanes allow the system to drive up to 1800 elements for graphic display.

The design is comprised of PCA8539DUG 100 x 18 COG automotive LCD dot matrix driver that generates the drive signals for multiplexed LCD, which in this design it is a Passive Matrix Vertically Aligned (PMVA) negative display providing a very dark background with a very wide and symmetric viewing angle. The NX1117CE low-dropout linear regulator is used to provide 3.3V supply for the backlight and the microcontroller. The LPCXpresso low-cost development platform provides the variety of interfaces with respect to the customer designs or needs. It is a highly integrated software development environment for NXP’s LPC microcontrollers. The JP1 to JP6 are used to select either the I2C – bus interface, or the SPI interface. They need to be all in the same position. The silk screen indicates which position to use for a given interface. The JP7 is a jumper that connects the VLCDOUT and VLCDSENSE to the VLCDIN pin of the PCA8539. It must be placed if the internal voltage generation is used. The JP9 may not have been soldered into the board during manufacturing. Instead, a 0Ω resistor (R2) is mounted, in parallel with this jumper. Removing the 0Ω resistor and mounting the jumper makes it easy to insert a current meter and measure the current consumption to the VDD pins of the PCA8539. After measurements, a jumper header can be inserted. The PMEG3005CT 500mA low VF dual MEGA Schottky barrier rectifier is used for the polarity and stress protection.

The development in automotive is quite helpful to people. It is use to accomplish task, save lives, and protect people from any type of danger. With this new design of automotive LCD, it is expected that automobiles will be able to optimize its usage and capability to serve people

Automotive Chip-On-Glass LCD Dot Matrix Driver – [Link]

DIY USB Line Power Meter Stick

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a new project is published on electro-labs.com, check it out:

Another DIY project designed with FabStream’s SoloPCB tool is ready to be shared with Electro-Labs community. This is an USB stick which measures the supply voltage of the USB port and current drawn by the device connected to the port over the stick. Then it calculates the power consumption of the device and displays the whole information with the help of the small OLED display on the board. The stick itself is also powered from the USB port.

The board is built around an Atmel ATMEGA328 microcontroller. To make the circuit as small as possible, the MCU is used in minimal configuration. Internal 8MHz oscillator is used. The voltage and the current are measured by the internal 10 bit ADC. To make the measurements more accurate, an external 2.5V voltage reference IC, Microchip MCP1525 is included. The current is converted to voltage on a 0.01R sense resistor and precisely amplified by LT6106 before read. The stick can measure up to 2.5A. Since the OLED display requires 3.3V supply voltage, L78L33ACUTR linear voltage regulator is used.

DIY USB Line Power Meter Stick – [Link]