Basics of the I2C Communication Protocol

Introduction-to-I2C-Single-Master-Single-Slave talks about the I2C protocol, it’s use and it’s advantages and disadvantages.

I2C combines the best features of SPI and UARTs. With I2C, you can connect multiple slaves to a single master (like SPI) and you can have multiple masters controlling single, or multiple slaves. This is really useful when you want to have more than one microcontrollers logging data to a single memory card or displaying text to a single LCD.

Basics of the I2C Communication Protocol – [Link]

How to get sensor data from a remote Arduino via Wireless Lora Protocol


by David_Dragino @

This is an example to show how to get sensor data from a remote Arduino via Wireless Lora Protocol.

The exampels requries below hardwares:

1) Client Side: Arduino + Lora Shield (868Mhz) + DS18B20 (Temperature Sensor).

2) Server Side: Arduino + Lora Shield (868Mhz) + Yun Shield + USB flash.

How to get sensor data from a remote Arduino via Wireless Lora Protocol – [Link]

The cheapest ESP8266 programmer!


Gustavo Reynaga shows us how to you can flash your ESP-01 and esp-201 with Arduino IDE and upload any other firmware with ESP flash tools.

Hi folks, now I’ll teach you how to make your programmer to the ESP-01 and ESP-201, (perhaps serve with other models) using an Arduino UNO, a few cables and optionally a button and a slide switch, in my case I use them because I had available, with this programmer able to upload the Arduino sketches and any other firmware (AT, LUA, Espruino, etc).

The cheapest ESP8266 programmer! – [Link]

Basics of the SPI Communication Protocol

Introduction-to-SPI-Multiple-Slave-Configuration-Separate-Slave-Select talks about the SPI serial communications protocol:

One unique benefit of SPI is the fact that data can be transferred without interruption. Any number of bits can be sent or received in a continuous stream. With I2C and UART, data is sent in packets, limited to a specific number of bits. Start and stop conditions define the beginning and end of each packet, so the data is interrupted during transmission.

Basics of the SPI Communication Protocol – [Link]

Understanding Arduino UNO Hardware Design


Yahya Tawil tipped us with his latest article that explains how Arduino works from an electronic design perspective.

Most articles explain the software of Arduinos. However, understanding hardware design helps you to make the next step in the Arduino journey. A good grasp of the electronic design of your Arduino hardware will help you learn how to embed an Arduino in the design of a final product, including what to keep and what to omit from your original design.

Understanding Arduino UNO Hardware Design – [Link]

What’s inside a microchip ?

In this video “DanTheAwesomeMan” takes us on a tour of the visible internal workings of a 27C512 EPROM microchip, with the aid of an optical microscope at up to 800x magnification.

What’s inside a microchip ? – [Link]

LTM8003 – 40VIN, 3.5A Step-Down μModule Regulator


LTM8003 is a step-down DC/DC µModule (micro-module) regulator with a 40V input voltage rating (42V abs. Max.) and 3.5A of continuous (6A peak) output current. The LTM8003’s pinout is FMEA (failure mode effects analysis) compliant, so the output voltage stays at or below the regulation voltage in the event of short-circuit to GND, short-circuit to a neighbouring pin or if a pin is left floating.

The maximum junction temperature of the H-grade version is 150°C, for high temperature or high power automotive and industrial applications. The LTM8003 operates from an input voltage range of 3.4V to 40V and has an adjustable output voltage range of 0.97V to 18V. The switching frequency is adjustable via an external resistor or can be synchronized to an external clock from 200 kHz to 3 MHz. The LTM8003 has four operation modes: Burst Mode operation, pulse skip mode, pulse skip mode with spread spectrum and external synch mode. The quiescent current in Burst Mode operation is 25 µA (max), suiting the LTM8003 for battery operated systems, specifically “keep alive” systems.

LTM8003 – 40VIN, 3.5A Step-Down μModule Regulator – [Link]

Exploring the Transcend Wifi-SD card


James O’Neill explores a Transcend SD that he believes it’s the smaller Linux server. It’s actually a 16GB memory card, an ARM processor and a WIFI chip all in an SD card package.

The way these cards works is different from the better known Eye-FI card. They are SERVERS : they don’t upload pictures to a service by themselves, instead they expect a client to come to them, discover the files they want and download them. The way we’re expected to do this is using HTTP , either from a web browser or from an App on a mobile device which acts as wrapper for the same HTTP requests.

Exploring the Transcend Wifi-SD card – [Link]

An Introduction to MSP430 Launchpad


Rahul Sreedharan introduces us to TI’s MSP430 microcontroller using LaunchPad board.

In this tutorial we will be exploring the workings of a MSP430 based microcontroller from Texas Instruments. MSP430 is developed by Texas Instruments as an extremely low power 16 bit architecture for use in low power, low cost, energy constrained embedded applicationsThe Hardware used is the MSP430 Launchpad from TI which contains a programmer/Debugger + two microcontrollers making it an ideal platform to start learning about MSP430G2xxx controller.

An Introduction to MSP430 Launchpad – [Link]