CHIPINO – The Microchip PIC Based Arduino Style Module


Chipino is an electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, students, technicians, engineers and anyone else interested in creating interactive gadgets.

Chipino is not designed to replace Arduino, it’s just another option. Arduino is a great platform based on the Atmel microcontrollers. But many people prefer the Microchip PIC microcontrollers. There is a seemingly endless supply of software examples and application notes available for the Microchip PICs but a common hardware platform was missing.

CHIPINO – The Microchip PIC Based Arduino Style Module – [Link]

POWER PLAY – Arduino based smart power monitors


POWER PLAY are Arduino based smart power monitors that are used to measure and optimize the power consumption of battery operated devices such as smart phones.

This model provides the most accurate results but requires modifying the tested device. The POWER PLAY 3.8V outputs regulated 3.8 volts are simulates the power provided by a single cell Li-Ion battery cell. It requires disconnecting the battery from the tested device and hooking the output of the POWER PLAY 3.8V instead.

POWER PLAY – Arduino based smart power monitors – [Link]

Epson develops compact atomic oscillator


Epson has revealed a new atomic oscillator to provide a better accuracy device for telecommunication networks. This new oscillator is using a special laser and IC that are developed by Epson.

Seiko Epson Corporation has developed a small, highly stable atomic oscillator, the AO6860LAN, for telecommunications networks and industrial applications. The development of the new oscillator will be presented on November 4, 2015, in Edinburgh, UK, at the upcoming ITSF 2015 (the International Telecom Sync Forum). Volume production is scheduled to begin in 2016.

The new product makes it possible for Epson’s customers to build smaller, more reliable telecommunications infrastructure and test and measurement systems that consume less power. Although Epson has provided atomic oscillators for communications infrastructure equipment in the past, the new product utilizes an original vertical cavity surface-emitting laser and special IC, both designed and manufactured by Epson.

Epson develops compact atomic oscillator – [Link]

Increasing cable length in precision video applications


Maurizio tipped us about his latest article. In this article he talks about the different ways of transmitting video signal over large distances. He writes:

Traditionally, the physical environment for transmitting video signals over long distances has been the shielded coax cable. Its quality and advantages are well known, and many times designers looking for off-the-shelf solutions do not know that long distance video transmission can be achieved with the same quality but for a much lower price.

Increasing cable length in precision video applications – [Link]

XLR8: Arduino-compatible FPGA-based Application Accelerator


XLR8 has both an ATmega328 clone and custom accelerator blocks on an FPGA and uses the standard Arduino IDE for programming.

XLR8 is a drop-in replacement for an Arduino Uno, but with a twist. It is an Arduino-compatible board that uses a Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) as the main processing chip.

The FPGA provides a reconfigurable hardware platform that hosts a clone of an ATmega328 microcontroller. The FPGA also provides the ability to implement custom logic that accelerates specific functionality known to be slow or otherwise problematic for the standard 8-bit ATmega328 microcontroller.

The FPGA-based hardware acceleration and offload provided by XLR8 results in significantly improved performance in the same physical footprint and using the same tool chain as standard Arduino Uno boards.

XLR8: Arduino-compatible FPGA-based Application Accelerator – [Link]


AVR Programmer Shield


ohneschuh @ has build a Arduino Shield that is able to program spare ATmega328 and ATtiny85 mcu using the ISP sketch.

Beside my Arduino instructables I also use pure ATmega328 and ATtiny85 microcontrollers. To program them I normally used a breadboard and the ArduinoISP setup with an Arduino UNO or NANO. But this was not the best solution.

So I build this programmer shield in my typical stripboard layout: Only straight lines – no crossings!

AVR Programmer Shield – [Link]AVR

HacKeyboard – open hardware mechanical keyboard


msaleiro @ tipped us about his latest build. This is an open source mechanical keyboard he has been working for the last 2 years. It may looks like an ordinary keyboard but it has many features embedded. To check them follow the link below. He writes:

It looks like a computer keyboard, and it is, but not an ordinary one. It’s story and hidden functions add a lot more to it. “Under the hood” you’ll find that this keyboard has:

SMK Alps Mount switches
Compact size
Special commands to record up to 12 macros

Internal keylogger

Internal USB Hub

and many more.

HacKeyboard – open hardware mechanical keyboard – [Link]

ESP8266 – 5$ internet connected switch


EasyIoT @ shows us how to build an Internet connected switch using ESP8266 Wifi module and EasyIoT Cloud service.

In this tutorial we will show how to build WiFi internet connected switch connected to EasyIoT Cloud. We will use ESP8266, solid state relay and Arduino IDE. Switch can be controlled by WEB application, native Android application or button.

This internet switch is “plug and play” – it will automatically set all EasyIoT Cloud settings, so no configuration in EasyIoT Cloud is needed.

ESP8266 – 5$ internet connected switch  – [Link]

Save space on your PCB with TRACOPOWER!


TMLM family of 4-20W AC/DC power supply is the right solution on most important requirements – constraint space, high efficiency and cost saving.

Every square inch of your PCB costs money. It is a fact, and if you can reduce your PCB´s area, you actually save money. Moreover if you use a high efficiency power supply you save energy.The TMLM Series switching power supplies, offer highest power density in a fully encapsulated module which can be soldered directly on to PCBs. This feature makes these modules an ideal solution for all space critical applications in commercial and industrial electronic equipment. International safety approvals qualify the product for worldwide markets. SMD-technology and high efficiency guarantees a high reliability of these Power Supplies.

Save space on your PCB with TRACOPOWER! – [Link]

Build a Simple Toaster Oven Temperature Profile Controller


Maurizio @ has tipped us about his latest project. In this article he discuss how to build a simple toaster oven temperature profile controller using StickOS and CPUStick. This is the first part of the article.

Using a highly-integrated microcontroller running “StickOS BASIC”, it is possible to quickly build a toaster oven temperature profile controller for performing surface mount (SMT) printed circuit board reflow soldering at home. It is also possible to program a large variety of other general-purpose embedded system projects with minimal software effort, using only a terminal emulator and high-level BASIC algorithmic statements to manipulate the microcontroller (MCU) pins and peripherals.

Build a Simple Toaster Oven Temperature Profile Controller – [Part 1] [Part 2]