STM32 Arduino Tutorial – How to use the STM32F103C8T6 board with the Arduino IDE

In this Arduino Tutorial, we are going to take a first look at the STM32 Arduino Compatible Board. This board is powerful and inexpensive. Let’s see what it has to offer!

STM32 Arduino Tutorial – How to use the STM32F103C8T6 board with the Arduino IDE – [Link]

15V 1A Dual Output Flyback DC-DC Converter

+/-15V 1A Dual output DC-DC converter is a tiny board built using Transformer from Renco and LM2587-ADJ IC from Texas instrument.  Input supply 18-36V DC.  The LM2587 regulators is monolithic integrated circuit specifically designed for fly back, step-up (boost), and forward converter applications. The power switch is a 5.0A NPN device that can stand-off 65V. Protecting the power switch are current and thermal limiting circuits, and an under voltage lockout circuit. This IC contains a 100 kHz fixed frequency internal oscillator that permits the use of small magnetics. Other features include soft start mode to reduce in-rush current during start up, current mode control for improved rejection of input voltage and output load transients and cycle-by-cycle current limiting. An output voltage tolerance of ±4%, within specified input voltages and output load conditions, is ensured for the power supply system.

Features

  • Supply Input 18-36V DC
  • Output +/-15V DC, 1Amp
  • On board trimmer potentiometer for Fine voltage adjust
  • Operation Frequency 100 KHz

15V 1A Dual Output Flyback DC-DC Converter – [Link]

GAME BYTE – Retro gaming system

Game Byte the open source gaming system for creating, sharing, and playing games is live on kickstarter. Over 100 free games. Make your own games.

Game Byte is an open source gaming system for creating, sharing, and playing games. It’s SMALL! About the size of a credit card and fits in your pocket so you can take it with you wherever you go. You can play one of the over 100 free games available or learn how to create your own. The built in microSD card slot allows you to store your games on an SD card without plugging into a computer.

A multi-protocol SoC for ultra low-power wireless applications

The nRF52840 SoC of Nordic Semiconductor is based on a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4F CPU running at 64 MHz with flash and RAM integrated on chip. Ultra low-power wireless applications can use this advanced multi-protocol SoC with different communication protocols.  The 2.4 GHz transceiver supports Bluetooth low energy (Bluetooth 5), 802.15.4, ANT and proprietary protocols. The transceiver also supports high resolution RSSI measurement and automated processes to reduce CPU load. Moreover, EasyDMA for direct data memory access and packet assembly provides full support for hardware (figure 1). The device maintains the compatibility with existing products such as nRF52, nRF51 and nRF24 series.

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Figure 1: Block diagram of the nRF52840 SoC

Bluetooth 5 and SoC

Bluetooth 5 (500kbs e 125kbs) is the latest version of the well-known wireless technology. It increases the range of four times and the throughput of eight times, making this technology much more suitable for ultra low-power wireless applications such as wearable, Smart Home and more generally for Internet-related applications (IoT, IIoT). The ultra low power consumption of the Bluetooth 5 protocol facilitates high performance, advertising extension and modulation schemes.

nRF52840 SoC uses power management resources to maximize job processes and achieve an optimal energy efficiency. The power supply ranges between 1.7V and 5.5V ensures a wide choice of batteries. In addition, SoC can also work with USB direct power supply without external regulators. Especially relevant, all devices have automatic clock management with adaptive features to maintain minimal power consumption.

Features:

  • multi-protocol SoC
  • 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4F Processor
  • 1.7v to 5.5v operation
  • 1MB flash + 256kB RAM
  • Bluetooth 5 support for long range and high throughput
  • 802.15.4 radio support
  • On-chip NFC
  • PPI –Programmable Peripheral Interconnect
  • Automated power management system with automatic power management of each peripheral
  • Configurable I/O mapping for analog and digital I/O
  • 48 x GPIO
  • 1 x QSPI
  • 4 x Master/Slave SPI
  • 2 x Two-wire interface (I²C)
  • I²S interface
  • 2 x UART
  • 4 x PWM
  • USB 2.0 controller
  • ARM TrustZone CryptoCell-310 Cryptographic and security module
  • AES 128-bit ECB/CCM/AAR hardware accelerator
  • Digital microphone interface (PDM)
  • Quadrature decoder
  • 12-bit ADC
  • Low power comparator
  • On-chip 50Ω balun
  • On-air compatible with nRF52, nRF51 and nRF24 Series

Development kit

The NRF52840-PDK is a versatile development kit based on nRF52840 SoC for the development of projects by using Bluetooth Low Energy, ANT, 802.15.4, and proprietary 2.4GHz protocols. Moreover, It is also hardware-compatible with the Arduino Uno R3 standard, allowing to use third-party compatible shields. Adding an NFC antenna, the kit enables the NFC tag feature (figure 2 and 3).

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Figure 2: NRF52840-PDK development kit

 

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Figure 3: block diagram of the NRF52840-PDK development kit

 

How to install ExaGear Desktop Trial on Odroid

And play more than 38 famous Windows games on your device with ExaGear software.

Odroid is a great development mini PC board to make different IoT or other tech projects on. Needless to describe all the advantages of this marvelous device, as any reader of this post is likely to be really into this growing community.

But if you are new to these boards, there are a bunch of resources to educate yourself. Read their Odroid magazine, ask questions on their forum and explore the details on their Wiki pages (Find the models and prices on Odroid store).

In this article, eltechs.com is going to release the tutorial on how to set up an ExaGear Software trial on Odroid devices. But, first of all, let me give you a brief introduction of what the ExaGear software is for.

ExaGear Desktop is a powerful emulator for porting almost any x86 applications to ARM-based devices. In a nutshell, if you need some Windows apps or on your Odroid for any specific purpose (e.g. Notepad++ or even MS Word), ExaGear is the best solution to make it happen. Not mentioning the fact, that some native Linux applications, such as Skype and TeamViewer, when launched within ExaGear run even faster than launched via Wine on Linux. If you need more information visit our product page!

How to install ExaGear Desktop Trial on Odroid – [Link]

SnapEDA launches InstaBuild, helping PCB designers build free parts in minutes

SAN FRANCISCO  – September 28, 2017 – Today, SnapEDA – the Internet’s first parts library for circuit board design – is launching InstaBuild, the first free automated part builder.

InstaBuild uses powerful computer vision technology to enable PCB designers to make schematic symbols in mere minutes.

Using a datasheet as the input, it automatically extracts symbol pinouts, understands whether a pin is an input, output or power pin, and auto-arranges the symbols based on SnapEDA’s published symbol standards.

“InstaBuild is based on the underlying technology we use internally at SnapEDA to create parts quickly,” said Natasha Baker, CEO & Founder of SnapEDA.  “We’re opening up access so that hardware designers around the world can benefit from this technology.”

The symbols are automatically mapped to verified IPC-compliant footprints. The designer can then download the ready-to-use symbol and footprint for their desired PCB design software.

Supported formats include Altium, Autodesk Eagle, Mentor PADS & DXDesigner, Cadence OrCad and Allegro, KiCad, and PCB123. For most parts, the process takes less than 5 minutes.

If a part is already available in SnapEDA’s vast component library, then the part can simply be downloaded free from the SnapEDA website instantly, or from within Altium, Eagle, or PCB123 using one of the SnapEDA plugins.

InstaBuild is free, and can be accessed from supported part pages on SnapEDA. To learn more visit www.snapeda.com/instabuild.

10 LED Bar-Graph Display with Op-Amp Shield for Arduino Nano

Arduino Nano Bar-Graph display with universal op-amp shield consists of 10 LEDs and single low voltage general purpose LMV321 op amp including few capacitors and resistors connected to op-amp pins. The op-amp proto area can be configured without any modifications to the board and all that is necessary is to select the correct resistors and capacitors. The other optional components can be left open or shorted depending on the configuration desired. All 10 LED comes with current limiting series resistors connected to digital pins D2 to D11 of Arduino Nano, Nano analog pin A0 used as input, the input can be used directly as voltage input to measure the voltage and display on Bar-graph.

0 To 5V Bar-graph volt meter with 0.5V step is simplest project possible with the shield, many other sensor based application possible using op-amp as signal conditioning amplifier.

Code for Simple Bar-Graph Voltmeter with 0-5V range is available here.

https://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/BarGraph

10 LED Bar-Graph Display with Op-Amp Shield for Arduino Nano – [Link]

IoT cloud development kit is Wi-Fi and BT/BLE-ready

Together with partners Cypress Semiconductor and Murata, distributor Future Electronics has launched the Nebula IoT Development Kit, an IoT cloud ready board that allows developers to quickly prototype and deploy their IoT ecosystems. by Julien Happich :

Wireless connectivity is supported by the Murata 1DX module, which is powered by the Cypress CYW4343W Wi-Fi and BT/BLE combo SoC.

The SoC includes a 2.4 GHz WLAN IEEE 802.11 b/g/n baseband/radio and Bluetooth 4.2 support. In addition, it integrates a high-performance power amplifier (PA), a low-noise amplifier (LNA) for best-in-class receiver sensitivity, and an internal transmit/receive (iTR) RF switch, further reducing the overall system cost and 1DX module size

IoT cloud development kit is Wi-Fi and BT/BLE-ready – [Link]

PAC1934 – Microchip’s New Power-Monitoring IC Measures Power With 99% Accuracy

Microchip recently developed a precision power-and-energy-monitoring chip – PAC1934. The PAC1934 is a four channel power/energy monitor with current sensor amplifier and bus voltage monitors that feed high-resolution ADC. It works in conjunction with a Microchip software driver that is fully compatible with the Energy Estimation Engine (E3) built into the Windows 10 operating system. The whole setup provides 99 percent accuracy on all battery-powered Windows 10 devices.

PAC1934 - Software power monitoring IC
PAC1934 – Software power monitoring IC

The PAC1934 enables energy monitoring with a wide range of integration periods from 1 ms to up to 36 hours. Combining Microchip’s PAC1934 chip and Microsoft’s E3 service can enhance the measurement of battery usage by different applications up to 29 percent. The sophisticated digital circuitry of the IC performs power calculations and energy accumulation precisely.

The PAC1934 is able to measure voltage accurately as low as 0V and as high as 32V. This ability lets the chip precisely measure power usage from the Central Processing Unit (CPU) as well as from software running on devices connected through a USB Type-C connector. The chip has features that could make it an essential part of future software upgrades. No input filters are required for this chip as it uses real-time calibration to suppress offset and gain errors.

The PAC1934 measures bus voltage, sense resistor voltage, and accumulated proportional power. Then stores the data in 16-bit registers for retrieval by the system master or embedded controller. The data transfer between the chip and the host system is performed over SMBus or I2C. The sampling rate and energy integration period can also be controlled similarly. Another important feature is its highly configurable controls, such as Active channel selection and one-shot measurements.

Most important features are:

  • 100 mV full-scale voltage sense range, 16-bit resolution.
  • Bidirectional or unidirectional options.
  • Wide bus voltage measurement range 0V to 32V, 16-Bit Resolution.
  • 1% power measurement accuracy.
  • 48-bit power accumulator register for recording data.
  • 24-bit accumulator count.
  • User programmable sampling rates of 8, 64, 256, 1024 samples per second.
  • 36 hours of power data accumulation at 8 samples per second.
  • 2.7V to 5.5V supply operation.
  • Separate I/O pin for digital I/O 1.62-5.5V.
  • I2C fast mode plus (1Mp/S) and SMBus 3.0.

For more information on this IC, visit Microchip’s website here.

4 Digit 7 Segment Display Shield For Arduino Nano

4 Digit Multiplexed display shield for Arduino Nano with on board 2 tactile switches and LM35 temperature sensor. This shield helps you to develop many projects that require 4 digit display. For example a thermometer can be made using on board LM35 sensor.  7 Seven segment multiplexed display is a tiny board and has been designed around Common cathode 4 digit Display. Display has 12 Pins. The board is provided with current limiting resistors on all LED segments and 4 NPN Transistors to drive 4 digits. This tiny board directly seats on Arduino Nano.  Nano analog pin A0 connected to LM35 sensor, A1 and A2 connected to Switch 1 and switch 2 with pull down resistors. Digital pin D2-D8 connected to displays segment A-F, Digital pin D9 connected to DP of display, D10-D12 pins are associated to Digit 1-4 common cathode.

Features

  • Supply 5V DC
  • 4 Digit 0.3 Inch Common Cathode 7 segment display
  • On board 2 Tact switch
  • On Board Female Connector to install LM35 Temperature sensor

4 Digit 7 Segment Display Shield For Arduino Nano – [Link]