LiFePO4 charger


Markus Gritsch shared his LiFePO4 charger project in the forum:

Since I really like using LiFePO4 AA and AAA batteries in some of my projects, I finally gave in and built a dedicated charger for them.
Previously I used a lab power supply to mimic the constant current/constant voltage charging curve, which worked also fine. But after seeing Patrick Van Oosterwijck nifty LiFePO4wered/USB™, I thought it would be a bit more convenient to charge these batteries using USB.

LiFePO4 charger – [Link]

LTC4282 – High Current Hot Swap Controller with I2C Compatible Monitoring



The LTC4282 is an energy monitoring Hot Swap controller with dual MOSFET drive to enable 100A and higher current board designs. The LTC4282 ensures safe board insertion and removal from live 2.9V to 33V backplanes by controlling external N­channel MOSFETs to gently power up capacitors, avoiding sparks, connector damage and system glitches. High current hot-pluggable boards utilize parallel MOSFETs to reduce voltage drop, but all of these MOSFETs require large safe operating area (SOA) to ride through overcurrent faults. By controlling two matching current limited paths, the LTC4282 halves each path’s SOA requirements, reducing MOSFET costs in high current applications (>50A). The LTC4282 provides a rugged, compact solution for hot plugging and monitoring, especially in high power circuit boards in servers, network routers and switches, and enterprise data storage systems.

LTC4282 – High Current Hot Swap Controller with I2C Compatible Monitoring – [Link]

Protection Methods for Automotive Electronics Circuits


Jim Colby @ discuss how to protect your circuits on automotive enviroment:

Along with the ever increasing drive for improved gas mileage, automobile manufacturers are striving to make their vehicles safer with each new design iteration. The safety features that are now available or standard on most vehicles, such as airbags, backup cameras, collision avoidance systems, and tire pressure sensors, have all drastically improved vehicle safety. The protections offered by these systems are obvious. But, there are also many unseen technologies that offer additional protection for the electronics systems in today’s vehicles.

As vehicles have become safer, so has the electronic circuitry that helps provide that safety. The advanced chipsets that are used in vehicles today are subjected to countless electrical hazards that are commonplace in the harsh automotive environment. Typical automotive electrical hazards or transients include lightning, electrostatic discharge (ESD) and switching loads in power electronics circuits.

Protection Methods for Automotive Electronics Circuits – [Link]

Arduino weather station with RF433 MHz modules


by eliesalame @

In this project I will show you how make two Arduinos talk to each other using RF frequency (wireless).

Now I will use the knowledge in all these project and improve on them by making one Arduino send data to another Arduino wirelessly using an RF433 module and displaying it on I2C serial LCD.

Arduino weather station with RF433 MHz modules – [Link]

Water Cooled Silicon Chips are reality


Georgia Institute of Technology managed to cool FPGA trasistors using water, they announced:

Using microfluidic passages cut directly into the backsides of production field-programmable gate array (FPGA) devices, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers are putting liquid cooling right where it’s needed the most – a few hundred microns away from where the transistors are operating.

Combined with connection technology that operates through structures in the cooling passages, the new technologies could allow development of denser and more powerful integrated electronic systems that would no longer require heat sinks or cooling fans on top of the integrated circuits. Working with popular 28-nanometer FPGA devices made by Altera Corp., the researchers have demonstrated a monolithically-cooled chip that can operate at temperatures more than 60 percent below those of similar air-cooled chips.

Water Cooled Silicon Chips are reality – [Link]

WireFrame FPGA Board , Breadboardable Xilinx XC3S250E Board

xilinx fpga board wire frame xc3s250e breadboard fpga (1) has build a small FPGA board based on Xilinx  XC3S250E :

I have built a little FPGA board Xilinx xc3s250e called WireFrame. the board is only 500mm x 25 mm in size and it is possible to put it breadboard. board has 32MByte SDRAM, 4MByte serial Flash for storage. total 3 2A max each Switching regulator for Vcc I/O 3.3V (adjustable trough regulator feed back resistors), VCCAUX 2.5 V and VCCINT 1.2v.

WireFrame FPGA Board , Breadboardable Xilinx XC3S250E Board – [Link]

Have you tried Serial to Ethernet communication?


More than 50 developers tested Wiznet modules during Pizza workshops in Brno, Bratislava and Budapest.

The main topic of Pizzaworkshop was Ethernet communication via Wiznet modules. Developers had a chance to test how fast and simple it is to connect the device to Ethernet and all of this was led by Joachim Wülbeck from Wiznet.Developers also tried working with EVB kits WIZ550S2E, as well as innovative WiZwiki-W7500. There were also answers for many questions about settings, programming, sending and receiving serial data via Ethernet, as well as troubleshooting the proposed applications.

Pictures will tell you more about how it looked like during the workshop… :-)

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Have you tried Serial to Ethernet communication? – [Link]

DIY Infrared Remote Controls


by Jason Poel Smith @

Halloween is the perfect opportunity to create fun special effects. When you want to be able to control props and effects remotely, one good option is to use an infrared remote control. In this project, I’ll show you some simple remote controlled effects that you can set up in your haunted house this year.

DIY Infrared Remote Controls – [Link]

Decoding and sending 433MHz RF codes with Arduino


by liwenyip @

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to use an Arduino to decode signals from RF remotes, and re-send them to remotely control some mains switches and a garage door.

Decoding and sending 433MHz RF codes with Arduino – [Link]