Microchip’s first ARM processor with cryptographic engine


Clemens Valens @ elektormagazine.com discuss about the new CEC1302 microcontroller from Microchip. This is the first Microchip microcontroller with an ARM core. He writes:

Based on a Cortex-M4 core its main feature is its integrated cryptographic engine supporting public key encryption, symmetric key encryption, secure hashing and random number generating.

Besides its ARM core the CEC1302 incorporates 128 KB of SRAM and 32 KB of boot ROM. Contrary to popular design, the device does not have flash program memory, instead it has two SPI memory interfaces to connect to external program memory.

Microchip’s first ARM processor with cryptographic engine – [Link]

Windows 95 on an Apple Watch

Nick Lee managed to install Windows 95 on an Apple Watch. The process was not straightforward but he succeed after a few tweaks to the WatchKit app. The Apple Watch take about an hour to boot Windows 95 due to the reason that it’s an emulated version and not a virtualized one. Apple Watch runs it’s processor at 520 MHz, has 512 MB RAM and 8 GB of internal storage.
Windows 95 on an Apple Watch – [Link]

DIY WiFi Outlet using ESP8266


This tutorial will show you how to build an internet controlled outlet using ESP8266 wifi module.

In this instructable, I will take you along on my journey of building this WiFi Outlet.

DIY WiFi Outlet using ESP8266 – [Link]

LEDs deliver 76,000 candelas at a 10° beam angle

Lumileds’ second generation LUXEON CoB Compact Range LEDs feature an efficacy and output boost of up to 16% over its previous generation arrays.

The devices cover different power range directional lamps such as a 35W-equivalent and a 50W-equivalent MR-16 lamp, achieving exceptional centre beam candlepower (CBCP). At 1,500 lumens, the LUXEON CoB 209 reaches 76,000 candelas at a 10° beam angle.

LEDs deliver 76,000 candelas at a 10° beam angle – [Link]

PinJig – Make Soldering Easy


PinJig™ is a time saving tool for rapidly assembling electronics that makes soldering easy. It is a tool for makers that can clamp every single thru-hole component in one easy sequence.

Who is this product for – PinJig can be used by fellow makers, low volume manufacturers, DIY audio electronics enthusiasts, education users and  private company prototyping.

The product has a number of 3D Printable accessories and also supports many accessories from makeblock, makerbeam and openbeam due to its innovative modular mounting system.

PinJig – Make Soldering Easy – [Link]

Using USB Type-C on hobbyist projects


Tyler has build a breakout board for Type-C USB plug and explains how this can be used in various DIY projects.

The new Type-C USB connector is the latest addition to the USB connector standards. It offers reversible plugs, direction independent cables, USB3.1 speeds, and 3A charging in a connector only a little bigger than the USB 2.0 MicroB connector. In order to add these capabilities the plugs and connectors have additional configuration pins to allow devices to negotiate their state. Supporting the configuration channel may seem like a difficult challenge but it can be achieved fairly simply for the basic use cases.

Using USB Type-C on hobbyist projects – [Link]


Arduino Load Cell / Scale


This is a turorial on how to create a programmable scale for weighing objects, parts counting, even directing product flow on a conveyor system.  Parts used are a load cell, an Arduino, and an INA125P amplifier.

Arduino Load Cell / Scale – [Link]

USBuddy: USB development tool


Jakub has designed and built a USB breakout board with current monitor – USBuddy:

Do you sometimes develop with USB? I do. So I need to access data lines, bus voltage and I’d like to easily monitor the current too. I made myself a small companion (43.5 mm × 22.5 mm, 9.5 g) to do that. Just a simple breakout board with one connector in and one out. And a little extra to make things easier. I call it USBuddy.

USBuddy: USB development tool – [Link]

Getting Started with OPENOCD Using FT2232H Adapter for SWD Debugging


Yahya tipped us with his latest tutorial about flashing EFM32 MCUs with OpenOCD using FT2232H adapter.

Old MCUs from vendors like ATMEL and MICROCHIP, like the PIC16F and Atmega family, tend to have a special programming interface to program internal flash. For example, Atmega used SPI pins (MISO, MOSI, SCK) and PIC used two pins (PGC, PGD)— one as a clock and another as a bi-directional data line. New MCUs, especially with an ARM core, use JTAG/SWD as a programming/debugging interface.

Getting Started with OPENOCD Using FT2232H Adapter for SWD Debugging – [Link]

A Smart Night Lamp for Kids


A Smart Night Lamp for kids. Tutorial and source code available:

Few weeks ago I heard my nephew (aged 7) complaining of the dark at night. Basically he was afraid. So I decided to put knowledge into practice and build a night lamp for kids. Since the project was intended for kids, I thought of making the lamp change color every now and then. It should also be sensitive to light so that if the room is well lit, the lamp would remain off.

A Smart Night Lamp for Kids – [Link]