NeuroBytes Simulate Dendrite to Axon Input/Output

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Zach Fredin and Joe Burdo has designed an electronic neuron simulator to help educate students of neuroscience.

NeuroBytes are tabletop electronic neuron simulators designed to help students understand basic neuroscience concepts. The platform consists of modular elements that can be freely connected to form biologically representative networks, and has been built from the ground up to be accessible to young learners without sacrificing the depth and sophistication that make it a valuable tool for college-level audiences. NeuroBytes are entirely open-source, meaning both the hardware design and the firmware that controls their behavior is freely accessible to anyone.

NeuroBytes Simulate Dendrite to Axon Input/Output – [Link]

Building a simple Circuit Probe

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Vicente Jiménez has published a new project. It’s a circuit probe that gives an indication when a node is floating or driven logic high or logic low and can also be used as a continuity tester. He writes:

Sometimes you need to check one circuit and test some of its nodes. Usually a tester in voltage mode is a good solution, but it has a pair of problems. First, it measures about zero both when the node is driven at zero volts and when the node is floating (not driven at all). Second, it gives the information on the tester display, so you need to take the view from the circuit to the tester to check the voltage.

Building a simple Circuit Probe – [Link]

Low voltage power supply

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Dilshan Jayakody has build a low voltage power supply that is able to provide four outputs:  1.5V, 1.8V, 2.5V and 3.3V. This power supply can be used to power low voltage mcus, CPLDs and analog ICs. He writes:

In this post we introduce simple and flexible, regulated low voltage power supply unit. This power supply has provision for 4 outputs such as 1.5V, 1.8V, 2.5V and 3.3V. We mainly build this low voltage power supply unit to test (and power-up) low voltage MCUs, CPLDs and radio receivers. For this power supply we choose 1.8V, 2.5V and 3.3V to get it compatible with most of the LVTTL/LVCMOS devices. Other than that, we include 1.5V because there are several analog ICs are available for that voltage level.
This power supply unit is based on LM1117/AMS1117 voltage regulator series and for this design we use AMS1117-1.5, AMS111-1.8, AMS1117-2.5 and AMS1117-3.3 fixed voltage regulators. Except to above regulators this board can be use with AMS1117-2.85 and AMS1117-5.0 regulators.

Low voltage power supply unit – [Link]

Internet-of-Things Power Meter

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This is a simple, cheap, easy to build IoT Power Meter that provides accurate statistics on household power consumption:

The Internet-of-Things Power Meter (IPM) is a device fixed on top of the regular household power meter that provides detailed information about the electricity usage. Modern power meters have a LED blinking every time a Watt is used, the IPM detects these flashes using a light sensor, counts them, saves the values to an SD card. Later the data is stored to the cloud.

Internet-of-Things Power Meter – [Link]

DC Motor Speed and Direction Controller

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DC Motor Speed and direction controller project based on L293D H-Bridge and 555 Timer IC. 555 Generate PWM and L293D works as output driver. The 293D provides bidirectional drive current up to 600mA a voltage from 5V to 12V. L293D includes the output clamping diodes for protections.

Specifications 

  • Supply 5 to 12 V
  • Inhibit facility/enable
  • PWM Frequency 5KHz Maximum
  • High Noise immunity
  • Over temperature protection
  • Capable of delivering output current up to 600 mA per channel

DC Motor Speed and Direction Controller – [Link]

Current bending yields low-power magnetic memory

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by Harry Baggen @ elektormagazine.com:

Magnetic random-access memory (MRAM) is faster, more efficient and more robust than other data storage media. MRAM stores data by making clever use of electron spin – a sort of gyroscopic property of electrons. Because it used magnetism instead of stored charge, MRAM is nonvolatile, which means that the stored data can survive a power outage. MRAM also uses much less current. However, high peak currents are necessary to flip the electron spins in the right direction to store the data.

Current bending yields low-power magnetic memory – [Link]

LTM8064 – 58VIN, 6A CVCC Step-Down μModule Regulator

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LTM8064 is a step-down DC/DC µModule (micro-module/power module) regulator with a 6V to 58V (60Vmax) input voltage range and adjustable load current control with ±10% accuracy at 7A.

Linear Technology introduces the LTM8064, a step-down DC/DC µModule® (power module) regulator with a 6V to 58V (60Vmax) input voltage range and adjustable load current control with ±10% accuracy at 7A. The LTM8064 can be used as a point-of-load step-down regulator operating from 24V, 36V and 48V voltage rails used in communication infrastructure, high end computers, test equipment, automotive, avionics and a wide variety of industrial equipment. In addition, the LTM8064 operates as a constant current source to precisely regulate and control (adjust) the load current up to 7A when sourcing and 9.1A when sinking. Applications requiring precision load current control include Peltier devices for cooling and heating, battery and supercapacitor chargers, LED and laser drivers, and motor and fan controllers.

LTM8064 – 58VIN, 6A CVCC Step-Down μModule Regulator – [Link]

Teardown, Repair & Experiments with the Anritsu 37347A 20GHz Vector Network Analyzer

In this episode Shahriar repairs an Anritsu 37347A 20GHz Two-Port Network Analyzer. The unit does not boot up and as a result its internal state is unknown. The boot fault is traced to a bad RTC module which has a built-in integrated battery. A replacement unit is located which allows the unit to fully boot.

The instrument initially displays an unlock condition on the internal PLL. This problem is resolved by loading the PLL calibration files from the HDD. The complete block diagram of the unit is examined in detail and an unusual PLL intermittent locking problems is demonstrated. Various measurements on several of the internal PLLs confirm their functionality. As a final experiments, the instrument is calibrated and the S-parameters of a tune-able band-pass filter is measured

Teardown, Repair & Experiments with the Anritsu 37347A 20GHz Vector Network Analyzer – [Link]

Chemoelectronics: Nanoparticle Diodes and Devices That Work When Wet

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Dexter Johnson has a writeup about flexible, water-loving logic circuits and sensors without the need of semiconductors.

They constructed the chemoelectronic devices by coating gold nanoparticles with any of four types of organic molecules called ligands. Each ligand produces a different, charge-related effect when put in water or a humid environment. One dissolved, releasing a postive ion and leaving the nanoparticle surrounded in negative charge. Another had the opposite effect, making the nanoparticle positive and releasing a negative ion.

Chemoelectronics: Nanoparticle Diodes and Devices That Work When Wet – [Link]

BOM/Component manager for KiCad

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Jeff Ciesielski has published a component manager for KiCad layout software.

The goal of this app is to ease the bom management burden on designers who choose to use Kicad for their layout and schematic capture needs, allowing for faster, easier data entry, and to provide a part database for re-use in future designs.

BOM/Component manager for KiCad – [Link]