Cypress expands energy-efficient line of nonvolatile RAMs

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by Susan Nordyk @ edn.com:

Cypress Semiconductor is sampling a 4-Mbit ferroelectric RAM (F-RAM), which is one of the industry’s highest density serial F-RAMs, featuring a 40-MHz serial peripheral interface (SPI) and a 2.0-V to 3.6-V operating voltage range. F-RAMs consume 200 times less energy than serial EEPROMs and 3000 times less energy than NOR flash devices. Further, Cypress F-RAMs are able to endure 100 trillion read/write cycles and provide 10-year data retention at 85°C and 151 years at 65°C.

These energy-efficient memory devices are useful for applications requiring continuous and frequent high-speed reading and writing of data with absolute data security. The 4-Mbit F-RAM devices address mission-critical applications, such as industrial controls and automation, industrial metering, multifunction printers, test and measurement equipment, and medical wearables.

Cypress expands energy-efficient line of nonvolatile RAMs – [Link]

A signal amplifier module for HF

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Marcus Jenkins blogged about his radio frequency amplifier project:

In building QRP HF radios, having an RF signal level amplifier building block is handy. You want 50 Ohm output impedance, some reasonable gain, supply voltage of the usual 10-14V and ease of building using standard parts from your parts bin. Some searching around the interwebs came up with a good idea for circuit from Aaron Parks, KC8FQD, who did a YouTube video on a WWV receiver.

A signal amplifier module for HF – [Link]

Arduino time lapse – camera pan device

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An Arduino camera pan device project from Bajdi Electronics:

I own one of these small action cameras (SJcam SJ4000). I bought it because it’s small, and easy to take with you wherever you go. To make nice stable videos I mount it on a mini tripod. This got me thinking that it would be fun to have a little motor between the tripod and the camera to slowly pan the camera. That way I can make nice time lapse videos.
I happened to have a couple of 24byj48 stepper motors laying around, these little steppers motors have a gearbox and are 4096 steps for one rotation. They are pretty slow, so it’s ideal for this application. These motors are sold with a driver board that is basically an ULN2003 break out board.

Arduino time lapse – camera pan device – [Link]

Mini weather station with Attiny85

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by diy_bloke @ instructables.com:

In a recent instructable Indigod0g described a mini weather station that works pretty well, using two Arduinos. Maybe not everyone wants to sacrifice 2 Arduinos to get humidity and temperature readings and I commented that it should be possible to do a similar function with two Attiny85’s. I guess talk is easy, so I better put my money where my mouth is.

Mini weather station with Attiny85 – [Link]

Samsung gets serious about the IoT

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by elektormagazine.com:

At the ‘Internet of Things World’ event held in San Francisco, Samsung Electronics announced three boards making up their new ARTIK development platform targeted at the Internet of Things (IoT) applications. To make the platform more attractive for developers it is compatible with the existing Arduino software development system. Young Sohn, President and Chief Strategy Officer of Samsung Electronics and Massimo Banzi, Co-founder of Arduino shared the stage to make the announcement.

The ARTIK 1 at 12mm square is the smallest board and includes a Dual Core processor running at 250 MHz and 80 MHz with 1 MB on-chip and 4 MB SPI Flash memory together with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) with Chip Antenna, secure element to give HW security and a 9-axis motion sensor. A single charge will allow the board to operate for three weeks while always-on and paired with a smartphone.

Samsung gets serious about the IoT – [Link]

xPico WiFi SMT doesn’t require connector neither antenna

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High mechanical stability is one of benefits of a new „SMT“ version of the popular Lantronix xPico WiFi module.

Lantronix xPico WiFi module may be already familiar to you from our articles, for example: xPico WiFi is a dream come true for producers and customers where we also mention the HW compatibility with the xPico module ( wired, serial-to-Ethernet modul). New version – xPico WiFi SMT brings the same functionality as xPico WiFi and as the name saysm it´s intended for a direct soldering by an SMT (reflow) process, together with other components on a PCB. In contrast to original version which has an SMT (board-to-board) connector, SMT version is designed similarly like many GSM/GPS modules, i.e. as a module on a carrying PCB with soldering pads on PCB sides (half-vias, plus gnd on a bottom).

At the same time, SMT version is also available with integrated small ceramic antenna, so no external antenna is required. Just this version XPCW1003100B we keep as a standard stock item. Perhaps the biggest advantage of SMT version is this possibility of a direct soldering bringing a very high mechanical stability – also suitable for applications with a higher risk of vibrations.

xPico WiFi SMT is the same powerful („device server“) as a previous version and offers easiest way how to add WiFi connectivity into a target device, practically without a necessity to write a single line of code.

Simultaneous AP (Access Point) with a DHCP server and Client mode also enable a direct access – communication with other WiFi device, for example with a tablet or a smartphone.

Detailed information will provide you the xPico WiFi SMT brochure, xPico WiFi SMTi datasheet and the xPico WiFi SMT integration guide.


xPico WiFi SMT doesn’t require connector neither antenna – [Link]

USB LCD Controller

This project is a USB Generic Human Interface Device (HID) device based on a PIC microcontroller. It is a USB interface for alphanumeric LCD display where the user as desired can program it. USB interface is implemented by using PIC18F2550 microcontroller ideal for low power (nanoWatt) and connectivity applications that benefit from the availability of three serial ports: FS-USB (12 Mbit/s), I2C and SPI (up to 10Mbit/s) and an asynchronous (LIN capable) serial port (EUSART). Large amounts of RAM memory for buffering and enhanced FLASH program memory make it ideal for embedded control and monitoring applications that require periodic connection with a (legacy free) personal computer via USB for data upload/download and/or firmware updates.

The hardware design is extremely simple. It can be build using the supplied PCB artwork or on a stripboard or breadboard. The circuit consists of a PIC18F2550 with a 20Mhz resonator and the required components for the LCD screen and the USB. The display is connected to the controller board using single strand wire. In addition, the contrast control potentiometer is placed underneath the board to allow easy adjustment after the LCD screen has been mounted.

USB LCD Controller is definitely useful since it can view various types of information taken from the PC such as temperature, time/date, MP3 song titles, emails, RSS feeds, all that LCD Smartie or other program supports. This provides ease in reading as well as accessing emails and songs in the playlist. Furthermore, the device can be easily constructed and reprogrammed, making it favorable to the users.

USB LCD Controller – [Link]

ESP8266 ESP-03 Dev Board

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by Nathan Chantrell:

This is a small dev board I designed to make experimenting with and deploying the ESP8266 ESP-03 modules a bit easier. As well as breaking out all the pins to 2.54mm headers it has a position to fit either a DS18B20 temperature sensor or a DHT22 temperature/humidity sensor plus the required pull up resistor. It can be powered from 3.3V or 5V+* if the regulator is fitted and there is a footprint for a micro USB connector if required.

ESP8266 ESP-03 Dev Board – [Link]

Mini weather station

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by indigod0g @ instructables.com:

In this project, we will be making a mini weather station that measures temperature and humidity and transmits them wirelessly to a ground station, which displays the readings on an LCD display!

It’s a fairly easy project and can be used either on its own or part of something bigger.

Mini weather station – [Link]

DragonBoard™ 410c – The Dragon Is Coming

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A LOT OF POWER IN A TINY FOOTPRINT.
Smaller than a standard playing card, the DragonBoard™ 410c packs a lot in a tiny footprint, including a quad-core 1.2Ghz Snapdragon 410 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB eMMC storage, Wifi, GPS, and Bluetooth.

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DragonBoard™ 410c – The Dragon Is Coming – [Link]