8 Channel Optically Isolated IO Board


Opto-Isolated I/O Board offers a compact & convenient way to interface industrial type inputs/outputs to your microcontroller boards, Signal transmission between circuits of different potentials and impedances etc.


  • 4 opto-isolated inputs & 4 opto-isolated outputs
  • Std TTL input signals for opto-couplers
  • Interfacing is via 10-pin Box Header and Screw terminal type connector
  • Power source LED indicator
  • Four mounting holes 3.2 mm each
  • PCB dimensions 54 mm x 64 mm

8 Channel Optically Isolated IO Board – [Link]

Ultra-low power, dual-band wireless microcontrollers from TI

Intended for tasks such as monitoring IoT networks from a handheld device, Texas Instruments’ latest series of microcontrollers are single-chip Sub-1 GHz plus Bluetooth low energy ICs. By Graham Prophet @ www.edn-europe.com

As part of TI’s pin-to-pin and software compatible SimpleLink ultra-low power platform, the SimpleLink dual-band CC1350 wireless MCU enables developers to move from a three-chip solution to a single chip, while reducing design complexity, saving power, cost and board space. The CC1350 wireless MCU offers a range of up to 20 km on a coin cell battery for building and factory automation, alarm and security, smart grid, asset tracking and wireless sensor network applications.

Ultra-low power, dual-band wireless microcontrollers from TI – [Link]

Infinite Noise True Random Number Generator


waywardgeek @ github.com shares his USB TRNG:

The Infinite Noise TRNG is a USB key hardware true random number generator. It uses what I call a “Modular Entropy Multiplier” architecture (previously Infinite Noise Multiplier or FireBug). Besides being simple, low-cost, and fast, it is much easier to get right than other TRNGs. It naturally defends against influence from outside signals, such as radio interference and power supply noise, making it simple to build securely, without requiring an expert in analog design.

Infinite Noise True Random Number Generator – [Link]

A20 Plus – WIFI/GPRS/GSM/CAMERA module


Raymond Tunning shares the information he found about the new A20 modules bought from taobao.

A20 Plus – WIFI/GPRS/GSM/CAMERA module – [Link]

Tiny Lisp Computer using ATmega328


The Tiny Lisp Computer is a self-contained computer programmed in Lisp. Some programming examples are included in the author’s website.

This article describes a self-contained computer with its own display and keyboard, based on an ATmega328, that you can program in Lisp. You can use it to run programs that interface to components such as LEDs and push-buttons via the I/O pins, read the analogue inputs, and operate external devices via the I2C and SPI interfaces. It has a small monochrome OLED display that gives 8 lines of 21 characters per line, and a miniature PS/2 keyboard

Tiny Lisp Computer using ATmega328 – [Link]

30A, PCB-level supply monitor has integrated 300 µΩ sense resistor

>Designed to simplify board-level energy measurements, the LTC2947 power and energy monitor for 0V to 15V DC supply rails eliminates the need for an external sense resistor to measure current. by Graham Prophet @ edn-europe.com

Choosing a sense resistor, Linear says, is not an easy task, especially when dealing with high currents, where available sense resistors can dissipate too much power, occupy a lot of board space or have a large impact on measurement accuracy. The LTC2947 integrates a 300 µΩ temperature-compensated sense resistor to alleviate these concerns, providing users with a simple 24 mm² solution that provides up to 1.2% accurate energy readings at up to ±30A.

30A, PCB-level supply monitor has integrated 300 µΩ sense resistor – [Link]

7 Segment LED Based SPI Display using 74HC595


Single Digit Big Display module using 74HC595 IC project will display large size 7 segment single digit number. 3.5inch height, which can be visible over large distance.  More digit can be connected serially to each other easily connector.

This circuit is a single digit seven segment big display using a set of 5 LEDs per segment and a shift register for easy control by micro-controller input. Each of the LEDs used in this project are 5mm high glow type.


  • A ULN2003 IC helps sink higher current flowing through the LEDs to ground.
  • Resistor R1 to R8 are current limiting Resistors for the LEDs connected in series.
  • CN1 Connector is Data In connector
  • CN2 Connector is optional Data Out Connector if you need to stack more than 1 single display board in series
  • +V CN1 & CN2 should be connected to higher voltage to drive the LEDs
  • VCC Should be connected to 5V DC. This supply can be source from host controller
  • Each Segment made up of 5LEDs

7 Segment LED Based SPI Display using 74HC595 – [Link]

4Duino UCAM-II Demo


by 4D Systems @ instructables.com:

The main objective of this project is to show how to interface a uCAM-II serial camera to 4Duino. uCAM-II is a highly integrated micro serial camera which could be controlled by any host that requires a video camera or a JPEG compressed still camera for embedded imaging applications. uCAM-II processes various features making it trivial to interface to a microcontroller. Following are the list of few features to help you understand the module better.

4Duino UCAM-II Demo – [Link]

OPT3002 – Light/digital IC provides optical power measurements

By Graham Prophet @ edn-europe.com:

Distributor Mouser Electronics has Texas Instruments’ OPT3002 light-to-digital sensor; the device promises improved system performance over standard photodiodes and photoresistors. The fully-integrated OPT3002 delivers the functionality of an optical power meter all within a single small device.
Offering a wide spectral bandwidth, flexible and automated light measuring over a 23-bit effective dynamic range, and a simplified software and set-up configuration, this low-power optical sensor is suited for use in optical spectral systems that require detection of a variety of wavelengths, such as optically-based diagnostic systems, or even as a low-power, battery-operated wake-up sensor.

OPT3002 – Light/digital IC provides optical power measurements – [Link]