LDO regulator squeezes into wearables

Semtech SC563by Susan Nordyk @ edn.com:

Housed in a tiny 1.6×1.2-mm, 0.6-mm thin package suitable for wearable electronics and other space-constrained battery-operated applications, the SC563 low-dropout regulator from Semtech provides two regulated outputs at up to 300 mA each, while its fixed output voltages eliminate the need for external resistor divider networks. The device’s ultra-small footprint and low dropout voltage of 180 mV enable designers to implement power supplies where small size and high efficiency are paramount.

The SC563 accepts an input supply voltage of 2.3 V to 5.5 V. It has separate input, output, and enable pins for each LDO channel. Using the lowest possible input voltage for each output voltage reduces the power loss for each rail. Quiescent current of just 50 µA for each channel helps extend battery life. The regulator also offers short-circuit, undervoltage lockout, and thermal protection to prevent device failures.

LDO regulator squeezes into wearables – [Link]

Intelligent Motion-Sensing Platform

The MMA955xL platform as a sensor hub is an intelligent sensing hub with built-in accelerometer, signal conditioning, and data conversion with 32-bit programmable microcontroller and temperature sensor. In addition, it has a second I2C bus and one external analog input, which can be monitored using the on-chip Analog-to-Digital (ADC). This unique blend transforms Freescale’s MMA955xL into an intelligent, high precision, motion-sensing platform able to manage multiple sensor inputs.

The combination of low power consumption and powerful features means that the MMA955xL platform can effectively operate as a power controller for handheld units such as industrial scanners, Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), and games. The host platform can put itself to sleep with confidence that the MMA955xL device will issue a wake request should any external event require its attention. The MMA955xL device is programmed and configured with the codewarrior development studio for micro-controllers software. This standard integrated design environment enables customers to quickly implement custom algorithms and features to exactly match their application needs. Using the master I2C port, the MMA955xL device can manage secondary sensors, such as pressure sensors, magnetometers, or gyroscopes. This allows sensor initialization, calibration, data compensation, and computation functions to be off-loaded from the system application processor. The MMA955xL device also acts as an intelligent sensing hub and a highly configurable decision engine. Total system power consumption is significantly reduced because the application processor stays powered down until absolutely needed.

This device is optimized for use in portable and mobile consumer products that can make system-level decisions required for practical applications such as gesture recognition, pedometer functionality, tilt compensation and calibration, and activity monitoring. This may be applicable to tablets, digital cameras, smartbooks, laptops, gaming and security system as well as used in medical applications.

Intelligent Motion-Sensing Platform – [Link]

Pozyx shield gives position


by elektormagazine.com:

Resolving the position of free roaming robots can be quite challenging. You can only expect to get accuracy of around 6 to 10 meters by using a standard low-cost GPS system and that can be further downgraded by poor signal strength inside buildings. Bluetooth and WiFi positioning can achieve 1 to 5 metres resolution but that’s often not enough. The Pozyx system has been developed to achieve a positional accuracy of 10 cm and works indoors or outdoors.

Four ‘Anchor’ transceiver units attach to walls or fences surrounding the space in which the Pozyx Shield operates. Communication between the shield and the four anchors allows the shield to determine its position and orientation within its operational area.

Pozyx shield gives position – [Link]

Smart Medicine Box


by Mingyuan Huang & Jie Zhang:

Our ECE 4760 final project is to build a microcontroller based smart medicine box. Our medicine box is targeted on users who regularly take drugs or vitamin supplements, or nurses who take care of the older or patients. Our medicine box is programmable that allows nurses or users to specify the pill quantity and day to take pills, and the serve times for each day. Our smart medicine box contains seven separate sub-boxes. Therefore, nurses or users can set information for seven different pills. When the pill quantity and time have been set, the medicine box will remind users or patients to take pills using sound and light. The specific number of pills needs to be taken will be displayed by a seven segment led display placed on the corresponding sub-box. Compared with the traditional pill box that requires users or nurses to load the box every day or every week. Our smart medicine box would significantly release nurses or users’ burden on frequently preloading pills for patients or users.

Smart Medicine Box – [Link]


1-Day Project: Build Your Own Arduino Uno for $5

Clones of the popular Arduino Uno are now so cheap, it’s difficult to save money by building your own. But the knowledge gained from assembling an Arduino from individual parts, makes the exercise well worthwhile.

1-Day Project: Build Your Own Arduino Uno for $5 – [Link]

FlashProg – USB serial flash memory programmer


Dilshan Jayakody published a new project, the FlashProg – a USB serial flash memory programmer:

FlashProg is USB base flash memory programmer to work with 3.3V serial flash memory devices. This programmer is specifically design to read, program and configure 25x series, serial flash memory devices which are commonly used to store BIOS in PC mainboards.
Originally we design this project to read and program BIOS of Foxconn G31MXP mainboard. Our version of G31MXP contains Macronix MX25L8005 8M-Bit serial flash memory and we use this programmer to load some of our custom BIOS to this serial memory.

FlashProg – USB serial flash memory programmer – [Link]

DIY Dual Stepper Motor Driver Shield for Arduino


Stepper motors are brushless DC motors which can move in discrete steps thanks to the special coil arrangement inside. They are very popular in DIY and industry projects which require accurate mechanical movement control. In this SoloPCB project, we are building a dual stepper motor driver shield based on two Allegro A4988 ICs which can supply up to 35V and 2A and provide overcurrent and thermal protection.

DIY Dual Stepper Motor Driver Shield for Arduino – [Link]

6 Digit LED Clock


by sdgelectronics.co.uk:

I recently found six 2.3″ red 7 segment displays in my collection which I purchased from Rapid Electronics when they were clearing out non-RoHS stock. Since I have no clock at my work bench I decided to construct one from some prototyping pad board, a Microchip PIC18F26K20 microcontroller and a Dallas DS32KHZ temperature compensated 32.768kHz crystal.

6 Digit LED Clock – [Link]

60V LED Driver with Internal 4A Switch & PWM Generator


The LT3952 is a current mode step-up DC/DC converter with an internal 60 V, 4 A DMOS power switch. It is specifically designed by Linear Technology to drive high power LEDs in multiple configurations. It combines input and output current regulation loops with output voltage regulation to operate as a flexible current/voltage source. The LT3952’s 3 V to 42 V input voltage range makes it ideal for a wide variety of applications, including automotive, industrial and architectural lighting.

60V LED Driver with Internal 4A Switch & PWM Generator – [Link]