Tag Archives: adapter

Teardown: 12V AC adapters

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Michael Dunn has done three teardowns of the worst 12V adapters and what he found is interesting.

Yes! Can you believe it? This board used to be in another adapter housing, or more likely, in an end-product. It seems Chinese manufacturing has sunk to a new low: repackaging used and/or surplus power supplies. On the plus side…recycling.

Teardown: 12V AC adapters – [Link]

Open-Source SWD Programming Adapter

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Ethan Zonca has designed a programming adapter for use with STM32 programmer.

After making the switch from AVR to STM32 microcontrollers, I redesigned my old 6-pin ICSP pogo-programming adapter for SWD. The new design allows programming with pogo pins or a small pin header soldered to the pogo pads for debugging, all with the same cable. The footprint uses surface mount pads only, so it can be placed on even the most compact board layouts.

Open-Source SWD Programming Adapter – [Link]

Open-source OBD adapter

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Alex @ obddiag.net has published a new open source OBD adapter which provides you a serial interface using the ELM327 command set and supports all OBD-II standards.

The adapter kit schematic is shown here. It is built around NXP LPC1517 Cortex-M3 microprocessor with 64 kB program memory, but can accommodate another chip from same family like LPC1549 with 256 kB if required. The NXP chips has a ROM-based bootloader that supports loading a binary image into its flash memory using USART or CAN. All the software is written in C++ for NXP LPCXpresso IDE which is essentially using GNU toolchain for ARM Cortex-M processors. However, it can be compiled with other pre-built GNU toolchain, like GCC ARM Embedded or even with Keil uVision IDE.

Open-source OBD adapter – [Link]

USB to Serial Adapter using FTDI FT231X

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Sergey @ malinov.com has build another FTDI FT231X based USB to Serial adapter and provides the design files to the public domain.

This adapter allows connecting micro-controller boards that have 5V or 3.3V serial interfaces to a PC USB port. The converter is compatible with FTDI USB TTL Serial cables and SparkFun FTDI Basic breakout board. Compared to SparkFun board, uses much more reliable and common nowadays Micro USB connector. It is also cheaper to make (about $7 per board), and so it makes a nice project for practicing your SMD soldering skills :-).

USB to Serial Adapter using FTDI FT231X – [Link]

MIDI to USB Adapter with Teensy

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Joonas Pihlajamaa wanted to connect his keyboard to his Macbook and for that reason he build a MIDI to USB interface using Teensy board, an optocoupler and some resistors.

Thankfully, I had a MIDI connector and a high-speed optocoupler at hand, and with these I could implement a MIDI in rather easily. After some investigation with Arduino Uno, it seemed quite simple to receive the serial MIDI bytes and dump them over Arduino serial

MIDI to USB Adapter with Teensy – [Link]

An adapter with standby power consumption below 0.1W already on stock

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New series of Friwo FOX mains adapters meets the most stringent energy regulations already now and at the same time it´s more compact than its predecessors.

DoE 2016 is a known term naming stringent regulations established by DoE (department of energy USA) valid from year 2016. Among other things it brings a requirement for a standby power consumption of small adapters to be below 0.1W. In Europe we have here a limit of 0.5W for majority of small adapters, but even here can be expected toughening in the nearest years.

That´s why German company Friwo as a long-term long-term OEM producer of power supplies and adapters comes with a new line of mains adapters named “FOX”. Besides high efficiency, these power supplies are also extraordinarily compact. Already recent series MPP and GPP are very compact, but FOX is a “step further”, as also illustrated on attached picture. System of exchangeable primary and secondary adapters (connectors) enables to use the same power supply for various applications and in various countries.

Even the FOX series meets various international requirements and obtained many approvals. a medical version will be also available soon. The FOX series is a novelty – 12W types are available upon order. Gradually also other types – FOX 18, FOX 30 a FOX 6 will be produced.
FOX series, as the only type on the market that meets criteria for IP42 protection – with selected primary adapters (connectors).
The first type from the FOX series – FOX 12 Office 5V/2200mA (1896623) with the 5V output voltage can be already found in our standard stock offer. As the power supply is designed as “modular”, it´s necessary to also buy appropriate primary and secondary adapter (connector) and the output cable, i.e. for example FOX Adapter/EURO (1844847) , COAXCON5.5/2.1/9.5 (1807700) and FOX Distribution DC-Cord.


An adapter with standby power consumption below 0.1W already on stock – [Link]

An adapter with standby power consumption below 0.1W?

obr1661_1

New series of Friwo FOX mains adapters meets the most stringent energy regulations already now and at the same time it´s more compact than its predecessors.

DoE 2016 is a known term naming stringent regulations established by DoE (department of energy USA) valid from year 2016. Among other things it brings a requirement for a standby power consumption of small adapters to be below 0.1W. In Europe we have here a limit of 0.5W for majority of small adapters, but even here can be expected toughening in the nearest years.

That´s why German company Friwo as a long-term long-term OEM producer of power supplies and adapters comes with a new line of mains adapters named “FOX”. Besides high efficiency, these power supplies are also extraordinarily compact. Already recent series MPP and GPP are very compact, but FOX is a “step further”, as also illustrated on attached picture. System of exchangeable primary and secondary adapters (connectors) enables to use the same power supply for various applications and in various countries.

Even the FOX series meets various international requirements and obtained many approvals. a medical version will be also available soon. The FOX series is a novelty – 12W types are available upon order. Gradually also other types – FOX 18, FOX 30 a FOX 6 will be produced.
FOX series, as the only type on the market meets criteria for IP42 protection – with selected primary adapters (connectors).


An adapter with standby power consumption below 0.1W? – [Link]

ESP8266 adapter for easy breadboarding

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Raj from Embedded Lab has designed this breadboard friendly adapter for rapid prototyping with the ESP8266 serial-to-wifi module. It receives a ESP-01 model ESP8266 transceiver through a 2×4 female header and provides easy access to those pins through two single row headers that are breadboard friendly.

ESP8266 adapter for easy breadboarding – [Link]

Building a simple VGA-adapter for 8-bit self made computer

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by aehparta @ tldr.fi:

My lifetime project: building an 8-bit computer using Z80 CPU. This week I had a bad flu and could not do anything useful so I decided to dig up my old plans for this project. I first re-designed many things, like power, CPU-board, IO-board and so on (my old plans were around 10 to 15 years old). After some thought I realized: When I get even the CPU-board working, I want to display some stuff! So why not build the display adapter first. Plus I planned to build the adapter in a way that it can be used separately from the computer itself. Easy thing to start with.

Building a simple VGA-adapter for 8-bit self made computer – [Link]