LiTiny- A Tiny LiIon charger for most things battery


Rohit Gupta made this LiTiny project, a tiny LiIon charger:

In the end I had a LiIon charger capable of charging batteries @700mA restricted due to thermal dissipation limits of home made PCBs.

LiTiny- A Tiny LiIon charger for most things battery – [Link]

ESP8266 WiFi Shield for Arduino and other micros


by drmpf @

This ESP8266-01 WiFi Shield is an alternative to the Very Cheap/Simple Wifi Shield for Arduino and other micros. The Very Cheap/Simple Wifi Shield for Arduino and other micros uses an Adafruit HUZZAH ESP8266 module and is the simplest to wire up. However if you already have an ESP8266 module, you can use these instructions to make a WiFi Shield using it.

This instructable uses the ESP8266-01 module, if you have one of the other ESP8266 bare modules, provided the module has GPIO0 and GPIO2 available, then you can use these instructions. If the module makes GPIO15 accessible YOU MUST connect it to GND via a resistor with a value between 3K3 and 10K.

ESP8266 WiFi Shield for Arduino and other micros – [Link]

Unipolar 4-Phase Stepper Motor Controller


Unipolar 4-Phase Stepper Motor Controller Board will help you control a Stepper Motor or 4 individual Solenoids. This circuit consisting of transistors that serve as current amplifier and also diode to prevent damaging back EMF, circuit uses Darlington transistors to provide high current capacity to unipolar stepper motor. Just provide sequence of pulse using Micro-Controller or descript circuit to roll out the unipolar motor. On board High Watt resistor to control the current, value of the resistor can be set as per your load current requirement.

Unipolar 4-Phase Stepper Motor Controller – [Link]

EAGLE BOM generation script

bom-gen_001Dilshan Jayakody writes [via]:

This is a quick post about EAGLE parts list generation script which I was written to replace existing “part2html.ulp”. This script generates more organized and detailed BOM HTML file and it can directly replace “part2html.ulp”.

This script is tested with EAGLE 6.6.0, but it can also work with older versions of EAGLE software.
This script is available to download at github with usage details.

EAGLE BOM generation script – [Link]

How to use an LCD displays – Arduino Tutorial


by codebender_cc @

The LiquidCrystal library allows you to control LCD displays that are compatible with the Hitachi HD44780 driver. There are many of them out there, and you can usually find them by the 16-pin interface.

In this tutorial you will learn how to use LCD 16×2 display (and 20×4) with Arduino uno.

You will also learn how to use lcd.begin(), lcd.print() and lcd.setCursor() functions

How to use an LCD displays – Arduino Tutorial – [Link]

Mini 7-Segment Clock V3


Kevin Rye has written an article detailing his new Mini 7-segment clock v3:

I hope the LEGO minifig gives you a good sense of scale. This clock is pretty small. It’s amazing how small the Mini Clock has become after just 3 iterations. Just look at how small it is compared to version 1 and version 2.

Mini 7-Segment Clock V3 – [Link]

BLDC Motor Control using Digital Signal Controllers

The usage of BLDC motor is already increasing due to its efficiency in driving motors with lesser power requirement. It runs with a digital signal controller IC that has processing power of a 32-bit DSP and a functionality of the microcontroller with a flexible set of peripherals. Due this flexibility in configuration, the designed system will be able to optimize its functionality. The instruction set is highly efficient for C compilers that enable rapid development of optimized control applications.

The design is comprised of a MC56F82313VLC digital signal controller that serves as the direct controller of the system. It sends the pwm signal to the Insulated-Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBTs) in which the IGBT provides the very efficient switching to drive the BLDC motor. The IGBTs provides low switching loss and improved protection characteristics for simpler electrical and mechanical construction of the design. The host controller it enables the universal control of the motor.

The design is applicable to computer fans and some industrial motor control. This will also provide an opportunity to motor applications to have a very efficient digital signal control that brings less power consumption feature to the entire system.

BLDC Motor Control using Digital Signal Controllers – [Link]

OLED displays for still better prices!


Maybe it´s the right time for you to also consider usage of OLED displays in your applications.

The most advanced display technology – OLED, goes ahead into many industrial products thanks to its advantages. From a certain point of view exactly the industrial environment properly checks features of displays and especially in critical applications extreme thermal resistance a big advantage (immediate response even in frost).

As it uses to be, new technologies are rarely cheap. In case of OLED we can say about significantly more affordable price than a few years ago. For example even despite currently disadvantageous EUR/USD exchange rate, when many components become more expensive, renowned OLED character displays from company Electronic Assembly became cheaper during last weeks.

Naturally even LCD displays still have their undisputed advantages, for example a very low power consumption (EADOG series) and depending on type also a legibility even without a backlight. However in applications where you consider OLED vs. LCD (with a backlight), in majority of cases an OLED is a better choice. OLED is a better choice mainly because of unbelievably wide viewing angle, immediate response and a great contrast, where a black is truly black.

In our offer we have character OLED displays EAW series but also other universally usable OLED displays.
Some types of the EAW series are available in 2 versions – yellow/green and ice white. Detailed information will provide you the EAW flyer and the EAW datasheet.

OLED displays for still better prices! – [Link]

TE Connectivity Power Tripple Lock – locked three times, for ever


Audible click, protection against backing out and disengagement together with many versions and attractive price – these are the Power Tripple Lock connectors.

Universal connectors for interconnection of leads (wire-to-wire) as well as leads to a PCB (wire-to-board) are necessary every day and practically everywhere. In industrial applications we usually need various connectors. “Various” usually means almost uncountable amount of types, that´s why it´s usually a big advantage if it´s possible the same connector for several applications. This “versatility” is considerably met by a new series of connectors Power Tripple Lock. Commercial products, industry, transportation – all these segments are addressed by Power Tripple Lock from company TE Connectivity.What does the „Tripple Lock“ mean?
As already the name says, it is a triple locking – protection against disconnection. The basic and the most important is a sophisticated design with exactly mating parts and a reliable lock. Audible click is a discreet but very useful feature contributing to a correct connector assembly.

Optional protections are „CPA“ and „TPA“

  • CPA (connector position assurance) is an optional plastic part – additional lock against mistaken disengagement.
  • TPA (terminal position assurence) is an optional plastic part used from the rear connector side (from leads) ensuring a 100% exact leads, helps precise mating and improves overall reliability and immunity to vibrations and stresses.

Connectors are available with pins in a single row (2,3,4,5), two rows (2×3,2×4,2×5,2×6) and in a matrix (3×3,3×4,3×5) with 6mm pin spacing. Basic parameters are 20A/600VAC or DC. Also interesting is the fact, that connectors are available in three material versions with a different thermal resistance (all are UL 94V-0):

  • PBT standard (-55…105°C)
  • high temperature (-55…150°C)
  • „Glow wire“ (750°C no flame) according to IEC 60335-1

Prevention against improper connectors assembly is a different colour coding of particular material versions. Another factor preventing improper connection are 4 possibilities of keying (necessary if the same connectors are in one device). Power Tripple Lock is a big family of connectors containing connectors “wire-to-wire“ (free hanging leads),“wire-to-board“ as well as panel mount versions.

Versatility of Power Tripple Lock connectors is also underlined by a wide range of usable wires cross sections in a range of 0,34-3,3mm2 (12-22 AWG). A comprehensive overview of Power Tripple Lock connectors can be found in the „Improving appliance connector designs“ flyer and in the „Quick Reference Guide“.

TE Connectivity Power Tripple Lock – locked three times, for ever – [Link]