ASUS Tinker Board Competing Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi has been the household name for many years now, and many other companies have tried to replace it with their offering, but no one sussed to replace Raspberry Pi by performance and low-cost. Though, that might change as ASUS are entering the arena with their 90MB0QY1-M0EAY0 Tinker Board, which have better components across the board.

According to Hexus.net, ASUS believes the capabilities of the Tinker Board will make possible projects that were too much to ask of even for the newest Raspberry Pi revision. Discussing the reasoning behind the creation of the ‘ASUS Pi’, the Taiwanese computer firm said:

“Raspberry Pi has been in the market for so long, we’re here to expand users’ choices with more options. And this board has 4K support, higher SoC performance, faster Ethernet transmission, and flexibility for the memory size.”

The ASUS Tinker Board (90MB0QY1-M0EAY0) features Rockchip RK3288 quad-core SOC running at 1.8GHz with 2GB of RAM, which gives almost two times faster that Raspberry Pi 3’s Broadcom chip. The Tinker Board also comes with H.264 4K decode abilities and SDIO 3.0. Below you can see the specification diffraction between ASUS Tinker Board and Raspberry Pi 3.

The Raspberry Pi 3 is available at a price of around £34, with the ASUS Tinker board coming with a slightly higher price around £45-55 depending on the retailer.

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TINY LOAD CELL AMPLIFIER

Both IA are Rail-to-Rail, single or dual power supply instrumentation amplifiers, however with different standard pin-outs. The gain is set by RG. RR1 and RR2 and CR form a voltage divider that could be used to offset the output signal. If no output level shift is desired then RR1 and CR should be omitted and RR2 should be a 0R resistor.

TINY LOAD CELL AMPLIFIER – [Link]

2 Digit Kitchen Timer 00-99 Seconds or 00-99 Minutes

The projects shown here is a 2 Digit 00-99 Seconds or 00-99 Minutes Countdown kitchen timer based on PIC16F1825 micro-controller. The timer is useful in various applications like Cooking, Sports, Industrial, Sleeping. On board switches provided to set the time and start, a jumper to select the mode 99 Seconds or 99 Minutes. TTL output directly drives the Buzzer.

Features

  • Supply 5V DC
  • Timer 0-99 Seconds Or 0-99 Minutes
  • On Board Power LED
  • On Board Output LED
  • Jumper J1 Mode Selection Open Seconds, Closed Minutes
  • 2 Digit 0.5Inch 7 Segment Display
  • Tact Switch for Time Set & Start
  • Output 5V TTL Direct Drive Buzzer

2 Digit Kitchen Timer 00-99 Seconds or 00-99 Minutes – [Link]

Real vs Fake Arduino Test

It’s possible – there are a lot of fakes out there. Maybe you bought a counterfeit Arduino. Was it priced lower that normal? Is it missing the small details that make it a genuine Arduino board? Watch the video to find out if your Arduino is real or fake.

Real vs Fake Arduino Test [Link]

DIY an Arduino-Controlled AM/FM/SW Radio

Combine the Si4844-A10 analog-tuned radio receiver with an Arduino to make a full-featured multiband radio.

The idea of a single chip radio is intriguing. The prospect is especially interesting to me because, frankly, I envy the analog skills I associate with building a radio receiver. When I browsed the circuit literature in the area, I came across the Silicon Labs collection. One of their chips, the Si4844-A10 caught my attention. This receiver has AM/FM/SW capability with all the bells and whistles and it is designed to work with a microprocessor. Best of all, the support components required are mainly associated with the microprocessor display and control functions with only a small amount of antenna support needed. I couldn’t resist taking the plunge.

DIY an Arduino-Controlled AM/FM/SW Radio – [Link]

ESP32 Review: Using the ESP32 with the Arduino IDE

In this video educ8s.tv reviews the ESP32, the successor of the popular ESP8266!

Hello guys, I am Nick and welcome to educ8s.tv a channel that is all about DIY electronics projects with Arduino, Raspberry Pi, ESP8266 and other popular boards. You can subscribe to our channel by clicking on this button. Today I am very excited because we are going to see this new board which uses the new ESP32 chip and we are going to learn how to program it using the Arduino IDE. The ESP32 chip will be the heart of most of the projects we are going to build in the near future, because it offers everything we need in one low cost solution!

ESP32 Review: Using the ESP32 with the Arduino IDE [Link]

SAMD21G-Based Arduino Compatible Development Board

With extended I/O pins, the same powerful controller of the Arduino Zero, Atmel SAMD12G18 and in smaller size, Albert Van Dalen had developed “SAM 15×15“ development board.

SAM 15×15 is an Arduino compatible development board that features the Atmel SAMD12G18 microcontroller. It has 34 digital I/O pins, 24 pins of them support PWM, and 14 are analog inputs.

The SAMD12G18 is a low-power, high-performance Atmel SMART ARM Cortex-M0+ based flash microcontroller. It is ideal for a wide range of home automation, consumer, metering, and industrial applications. It features 256KB of flash and 32KB of SRAM, up to 48MHz operating frequency, 1.62V to 3.63V power supply, full speed USB device and embedded host, and six serial communication modules configurable as UART/USART, SPI or I2C.

The SAM 15×15 board is 28x28mm size and it has three embodiments combined into one PCB:

  • 28 x 28m: This board fits on a standard breadboard; it has 40 pins with 2.54mm pitch.
  • 22 x 22mm: This board is a smaller version of the 28 x 28mm board.
  • 15 x 15mm: This board has 40 pins with 1.27mm pitch.

Only the default non-reduced dimensions (28 x 28mm) is available for ordering by contact with Albert directly, its price is €24.95 and the shipping is free for all countries worldwide. 4-pin USB pin header is included, and male USB 2.0 motherboard cable is optional for €2.00.

The price is expensive a bit because of the high manufacturing costs for the initial series of just 100 pieces. But you can get back your money when publishing your project with the SAM 15×15 on the internet as an article.

SAM 15×15 features

  • Controller: Atmel ATSAMD21G18, 32-bit, 48MHz, ARM Cortex-M0+
  • Digital I/O pins: 34
  • PWM outputs: 24 (PWM DAC)
  • Analog inputs (ADC): 14
  • ADC resolution: 12-bit
  • One 10-bit DAC
  • Flash memory: 256 kbyte
  • SRAM: 32 Kbyte
  • EEPROM: 32 Kbyte (emulated in Flash)
  • Preprogrammed Arduino Zero bootloader
  • Programming and debugging through the integrated USB port
Comparison between SAM 15×15 and other Arduino boards

More details and information about the board is available here with examples and other useful tips and guides.

This video shows the 34 I/O pins and the 24 PWM pins in action

Ultra-thin, high thermal conductivity substrate integrates ESD protection

Clemens Valens @ elektormagazine.com discuss about a new IC substrate. He writes:

A new, ultra-thin ceramic substrate with an ESD strength of up to 25 kV – more than three times higher than the standard 8 kV of state-of-the-art Zener diodes – also features a high thermal conductivity of 22 W/mK. This is three times better than that of conventional carriers, even though the substrate is significantly slimmer. The new technology is especially well-suited for LED applications where the number and density of LEDs per unit continues to grow.

Ultra-thin, high thermal conductivity substrate integrates ESD protection – [Link]

A New Era of 3D Printing With Cel Robox’s Root, Mote and Tree!

C Enterprise Ltd., the company behind the amazing 3D printer Cel Robox, is now back on stage with some new upgrades and plug-ins: Root, Mote and Tree! Imagine that you will be able to control your 3D printer missions remotely where you can also control not only one printer, but multiple of them!

Robox is not another 3D printer, the 20-micron accuracy printer is a micro-manufacturing platform. The precise positioning of the 3 axis system along with the mechanical and electronic design of the HeadLock system provides a robust framework on which to build a range of manipulators and scanning devices to allow this robot in a box to do much more than just create beautiful 3D prints.

Key features of Robox is on this slideshow. You can check the full specifications here.

 

If you already have a Robox so don’t worry, you are not left behind. Robox team thinks that it won’t be a good choice to build above the already functional 3D printer in order to increase its capabilities. What they are doing right now is updating peripherals which are standalone and won’t disrupt the quality of the original printer. For example, an original Robox can be upgraded to become a RoboxDual using DIY upgrade kits or vendor provided services.

Increasing the size of printing by making a bigger size Robox was a suggestion for them, but what they were thinking about was different. Making a bigger Robox may risk some features already guaranteed in the original one, so why not make a way that you can function multiple Robox editions at the same time in an amazing architecture that saves space and time? Here comes Tree: a bespoke furniture system that utilises the compact nature of the Robox micro-manufacturing platform to increase productivity. It is  a precision CNC machined from high quality birch plywood with a choice of two different finishes, and is supplied as an easy-to-assemble ‘flat-pack’ solution. Using familiar fasteners, Tree can be assembled by anyone in under 30 minutes with just an allen key and screwdriver. It is a nice addition to your fablab, coworking space or even your office!

To control this Tree, a new plugin from Robox is also introduced: Root! Robox Root is a connectivity
extension platform for all Robox printers. Its core function is to add network capabilities to multiple Robox from a single Root, with secondary functions to include a web interface and printer sharing across a network. It is perfectly suited for use in offices, schools or other professions where multiple users need easy access to a single or multiple printers. The onboard HDMI port also allows you to connect Root to any external display or touchscreen, including its companion, Robox Mote.

Robox Mote is custom designed controller for Root. Using a 5” touch screen connected directly to Root, you can see the status of any connected machines and also control them directly. This allows you to control and execute prints without a connected PC from pre-sliced GCode on SDcard or USB flash drive. Using Mote is an option, you can use any smartphone, tablet, or a computer using AutoMaker – Robox outstanding software.

In order to launch this new phase of Robox with customers involved, the team had launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. Although it still has 21 days to go but the campaign exceeded its 10,000 goal.

Check the campaign video to learn more from Robox team:

If you don’t have a Robox, it’s a good opportunity now to get one with a great deal. You can order Robox now for £999, as mentioned in the website, but how about a DualRobox with Root included for £1399? If you already have a Robox it’s time to add a Root to your collection for £149 including Mote and support. And finally, if you are a business or a fablab and want to add a great 3D printing corner to your space then it’s the suitable time to order one of the Tree packages provided in the campaign.

Lots more rewards, packages, specifications and detailed information are provided in the campaign page, so check it out!

Tiny Professional Microphone Preamplifier

The board has been design around INA217 low distortion, low noise instrumentation amplifier. The INA217 is ideal for low-level audio signals such as balanced low-impedance microphones. Many industrial, instrumentation, and medical applications also benefit from its low noise and wide bandwidth. Unique distortion cancellation circuitry reduces distortion to extremely low levels, even in high gain. The INA217 provides near-theoretical noise performance for 200Ω source impedance. The INA217 features differential input, low noise, and low distortion that provides superior performance in professional microphone amplifier applications. An OPA2137 op-amp used as a feedback to eliminate the offset voltage. Phantom power is not part of the circuit its just for reference.

Features

  • Supply Dual +/-15V DC
  • Output Unbalance Single Ended
  • PR1 Gain Adjust G=1+10000/Rg PR1

Tiny Professional Microphone Preamplifier – [Link]

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