Mini 7-Segment Clock V3

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Kevin Rye has written an article detailing his new Mini 7-segment clock v3:

I hope the LEGO minifig gives you a good sense of scale. This clock is pretty small. It’s amazing how small the Mini Clock has become after just 3 iterations. Just look at how small it is compared to version 1 and version 2.

Mini 7-Segment Clock V3 – [Link]

BLDC Motor Control using Digital Signal Controllers

The usage of BLDC motor is already increasing due to its efficiency in driving motors with lesser power requirement. It runs with a digital signal controller IC that has processing power of a 32-bit DSP and a functionality of the microcontroller with a flexible set of peripherals. Due this flexibility in configuration, the designed system will be able to optimize its functionality. The instruction set is highly efficient for C compilers that enable rapid development of optimized control applications.

The design is comprised of a MC56F82313VLC digital signal controller that serves as the direct controller of the system. It sends the pwm signal to the Insulated-Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBTs) in which the IGBT provides the very efficient switching to drive the BLDC motor. The IGBTs provides low switching loss and improved protection characteristics for simpler electrical and mechanical construction of the design. The host controller it enables the universal control of the motor.

The design is applicable to computer fans and some industrial motor control. This will also provide an opportunity to motor applications to have a very efficient digital signal control that brings less power consumption feature to the entire system.

BLDC Motor Control using Digital Signal Controllers – [Link]

OLED displays for still better prices!

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Maybe it´s the right time for you to also consider usage of OLED displays in your applications.

The most advanced display technology – OLED, goes ahead into many industrial products thanks to its advantages. From a certain point of view exactly the industrial environment properly checks features of displays and especially in critical applications extreme thermal resistance a big advantage (immediate response even in frost).

As it uses to be, new technologies are rarely cheap. In case of OLED we can say about significantly more affordable price than a few years ago. For example even despite currently disadvantageous EUR/USD exchange rate, when many components become more expensive, renowned OLED character displays from company Electronic Assembly became cheaper during last weeks.

Naturally even LCD displays still have their undisputed advantages, for example a very low power consumption (EADOG series) and depending on type also a legibility even without a backlight. However in applications where you consider OLED vs. LCD (with a backlight), in majority of cases an OLED is a better choice. OLED is a better choice mainly because of unbelievably wide viewing angle, immediate response and a great contrast, where a black is truly black.

In our offer we have character OLED displays EAW series but also other universally usable OLED displays.
Some types of the EAW series are available in 2 versions – yellow/green and ice white. Detailed information will provide you the EAW flyer and the EAW datasheet.

OLED displays for still better prices! – [Link]

TE Connectivity Power Tripple Lock – locked three times, for ever

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Audible click, protection against backing out and disengagement together with many versions and attractive price – these are the Power Tripple Lock connectors.

Universal connectors for interconnection of leads (wire-to-wire) as well as leads to a PCB (wire-to-board) are necessary every day and practically everywhere. In industrial applications we usually need various connectors. “Various” usually means almost uncountable amount of types, that´s why it´s usually a big advantage if it´s possible the same connector for several applications. This “versatility” is considerably met by a new series of connectors Power Tripple Lock. Commercial products, industry, transportation – all these segments are addressed by Power Tripple Lock from company TE Connectivity.What does the „Tripple Lock“ mean?
As already the name says, it is a triple locking – protection against disconnection. The basic and the most important is a sophisticated design with exactly mating parts and a reliable lock. Audible click is a discreet but very useful feature contributing to a correct connector assembly.

Optional protections are „CPA“ and „TPA“

  • CPA (connector position assurance) is an optional plastic part – additional lock against mistaken disengagement.
  • TPA (terminal position assurence) is an optional plastic part used from the rear connector side (from leads) ensuring a 100% exact leads, helps precise mating and improves overall reliability and immunity to vibrations and stresses.

Connectors are available with pins in a single row (2,3,4,5), two rows (2×3,2×4,2×5,2×6) and in a matrix (3×3,3×4,3×5) with 6mm pin spacing. Basic parameters are 20A/600VAC or DC. Also interesting is the fact, that connectors are available in three material versions with a different thermal resistance (all are UL 94V-0):

  • PBT standard (-55…105°C)
  • high temperature (-55…150°C)
  • „Glow wire“ (750°C no flame) according to IEC 60335-1

Prevention against improper connectors assembly is a different colour coding of particular material versions. Another factor preventing improper connection are 4 possibilities of keying (necessary if the same connectors are in one device). Power Tripple Lock is a big family of connectors containing connectors “wire-to-wire“ (free hanging leads),“wire-to-board“ as well as panel mount versions.

Versatility of Power Tripple Lock connectors is also underlined by a wide range of usable wires cross sections in a range of 0,34-3,3mm2 (12-22 AWG). A comprehensive overview of Power Tripple Lock connectors can be found in the „Improving appliance connector designs“ flyer and in the „Quick Reference Guide“.


TE Connectivity Power Tripple Lock – locked three times, for ever – [Link]

How to think in dB

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by Eric Bogatin @ edn.com:

The dB (decibel) is one of the most common units in engineering, yet also one of the most confusing, especially when it comes to manipulating S-parameters. Here is how not to be confused.

The Bel is a fundamentally new unit, which was originally established in 1928 by The Bell System to describe sound levels. This scale has since been generalized to relate to the log of the ratio of any two power levels.

The most important principle of the Bel scale to keep in mind is that it is, without exception, by definition, the ratio of powers. It originally related to sound level powers, but has since been generalized to all types of powers.

How to think in dB – [Link]

6EM7 Single-Ended Triode (SET) Vertical Amplifier

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by Matt Renaud:

What really drove me to build this 6EM7 amp was an idea about amplifier layout. Looking back at most of my tube designs, and most of those on the internet, revealed a very typical pattern. Amplifiers tended to be flat chassis with tubes and transformers above and electronics below. From a historical perspective this makes perfect sense. Metal chassis were built this way to facilitate packaging and assembly. When people started to make tube amplifiers again, they just removed the upper case and built in the same way.

6EM7 Single-Ended Triode (SET) Vertical Amplifier – [Link]

40 & 28 PIN PIC Development Board

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The PIC 40 / 28 PIN (DIP) Development / Evaluations board demonstrates the capabilities of Microchip’s 8-bit microcontrollers, specifically, 28- and 40-pin PIC16FXXX, PIC16F1XXX, and PIC18 devices. It can be used as a standalone demonstration board with a programmed part. With this board you can develop and prototype with all Microchip’s 40 & 28 PIN PIC microcontrollers which doesn’t require crystals (External Oscillator). On board connector for UART (RX-TX) allows an easy connection with embedded hardware. The board has a Reset switch and status LEDs.

40 & 28 PIN PIC Development Board – [Link]

SD Card Data Recorder

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by sameer:

We always try to know the physical and electrical data like temperature, pressure, current, ac voltage etc. In this project, I’m going to display these data in the real time as well as I’ill record it to a memory card(SD/microSD/MMC card). Here the project can display four different things; ac voltage, environment temperature, relative humidity and the real time in 12 hrs format.

SD Card Data Recorder – [Link]

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ESP8266: Meet Thirsdee, the Intelligent Plant Helper

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by Dani Eichhorn :

It’s amazing what you can do with just a few components: a load cell, a high gain analog-to-digtal converter and a NodeMCU module. You can for instance measure the water consumption of your dear plants. If you combine the previous mentioned components with a OLED display you can even visualize the current water level in the plant pot. And if the level reaches a critical low you can have it send an alarm message to your cellphone. Now connect everything and give it a name: Thirsdee is born!

ESP8266: Meet Thirsdee, the Intelligent Plant Helper – [Link]