Microcontroller - 8051, 8052, OpCodes, Analog Interface.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

DH MicroSystems - PIC Development

High Quality PIC Prototyping & Development Boards, Contract Electronic Design Services, & Custom Injection Molded ABS Products.

DH MicroSystems - PIC Development

The BB18 is a great platform for rapid pototyping 18 pin PIC designs. It is also great for classroom use and embedded systems education. In addition to the solderless breadboard, the BB18 features 4 push buttons, 4 LEDs, a buzzer, RS232, ICSP, and a header for an LCD--all available via solderless sockets making prototyping a breeze.

DH MicroSystems - PIC Development

Some Features
  • Overall board dimensions 5.50" x 4.50".
  • 18 pin ZIF socket for the PIC
  • 350 pin solderless breadboard prototyping area.
  • Power and GND pins run the length of the breadboard on both the top and bottom.
  • Crystal or ceramic resonator with external capacitors (DC-20MHz).
DH MicroSystems, Inc.
P.O. Box 2272, Pocatello, Idaho 83206-2272, USA

Friday, October 04, 2013

USB Serial Interface for Android

There are many Serial Data Devices that means those that use the RS232 (old mouse port). USB is now the standard interface in most computers and embedded devices. Many mini embedded sensors and devices come with High Speed Serial Interfaces.

USB Serial Interface for Android

This page lists solutions and methods to get These Devices talking with your computer. The focus will be HandHeld Computers made of the Android OS. This way you can get your hand on the Real World thru USB and Serial. USB to parallel also helps when you want to control a Relay or Solenoid Array. Wireless Interfaces also are a good Solution with Networking.

FTDI Chips and Driver Solutions

USB TTL Serial Cables
USB TTL Serial Cables The USB TTL Serial cables are a range of USB to serial converter cables which provide connectivity between USB and serial UART interfaces. A range of cables are available offering connectivity at 5V, 3.3V or user specified signal levels with various connector interfaces.

USB Serial Terminal Lite

USB Serial Terminal Lite

Smart phones serial terminal program. USB equipment using Silicon Laboratories CP210X, FTDI FT232 and Prolific PL2303, CDC/ACM UART to USB Bridge chips can be used to connect to your smart phone.

Zigbee Chip TI CC2531(USB-Enabled SOC Solution for 2.4-GHz IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee App) can be used also. Provides the same functionality and the PC for serial communication terminal.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Avnet Express – Electronic Components Distributor

Technology marketing, distribution and services companies. Broad array of electronic components from leading manufacturers.

Avnet Express – Electronic Components Distributor

Some Areas Include -
  • Circuit Protection, Data Conversion, Development Kits and Tools.
  • DSP, Interconnect, Logic and Timing, Memory, Microcontroller
  • Optoelectronics, Power Supplies, Programmable Logic.
  • RF and Microwave, Sensors and Transducers, Switches and Relays



Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA LX9 MicroBoard

The low-cost Spartan-6 FPGA LX9 MicroBoard is the perfect solution for designers interested in exploring the MicroBlaze soft processor or Spartan-6 FPGAs in general. The kit comes with several pre-built MicroBlaze “systems” allowing users to start software development just like any standard off-the-shelf microprocessor.

Avnet Inc. – Global distributor of electronic parts, enterprise computing and storage products and embedded subsystems.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

MunEDA - Enhance Design Performance

They provide solutions in EDA that simplify the circuit design process and enhance the Performance/Yield. They provide the technology for analysis and optimization of yield and performance of analog, mixed-signal and digital designs.

MunEDA - Enhance Design Performance

MunEDA WiCkeD tools are seamlessly integrated into the main industrial standard simulation environments and design frameworks but also support customer specific inhouse simulators and designflows.

BAS - Basic and Sensitivity Analysis

"WiCkeD Basic delivers a powerful basic feature compilation to enable the circuit designer to do enhanced topology analysis, constraint setup and management as well as different analysis types for circuit performance, parameter sensitivity and correlation."

BAS - Basic & Sensitivity Analysis

MunEDA GmbH
Stefan-George-Ring 29 81929 Munich, Germany

Monday, September 23, 2013

Temperature and Humidity with Arduino

Interface an Arduino to electronic sensors to make these basic measurements. These are needed in your Garage, Basement, Attic or Loft; The Living Room too, Humidity and Temperature have an impact on your health and also the life of the furniture and wood construction material too.

Temperature and Humidity with Arduino

This device will show air temperature in C and F, and % Humidity on an LCD display. A DHT11 Humidity and Temperature Sensor converts the Real world Parameters of Temp/RH into readable Volts for the Arduino A/D section.

Temperature and Humidity with Arduino

 Digital output temperature and humidity sensor DHT11

DHT11  from Aosong is a digital temperature and humidity sensor. A type of composite Sensor that contains a calibrated digital signal output of the temperature and humidity.

DHT11 Aosong RH and Temp Sensor Circuit

"Application of a dedicated digital modules collection technology and the temperature and humidity sensing technology, to ensure that the product has high reliability and excellent long-term stability. The sensor includes a resistive sense of wet components and an NTC temperature measurement devices, and connected with a high-performance 8-bit microcontroller."

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Grantronics - Microcontroller Electronics

Grantronics is a fully Australian owned, family-run consultancy providing Industrial Electronics hardware and software design and manufacturing services.

Grantronics - Microcontroller Electronics
  • A complete Electronics Design service.
  • Some simple projects using the Atmel 89C2051
  • Christmas Star project Nov-98 issue SCM.
  • Heart project was published in the May-99 issue of SCM
  • Christmas Tree project was published in the Nov-99 issue SCM

 Grantronics - Microcontroller Electronics

GMC75X Credit Card Microcontroller

Ideal for those small jobs where a standard embedded controller can't be justified. The GMC75X is like a "BASIC Stamp" except that you can program the module in 'C' using C-FLEA and a download cable. Alternatively, use 8051 assembler.

Design Experience

"In the early 1980's, products were designed using the Zilog Z80 micro-processor. These ranged from a simple sequence controller to one of the world's first all digital DC motor controllers. Single and 3-phase 240Vac and 415Vac fully regenerative models were developed. Some are still running today! A common application area was paper and film conversion machinery."

Grantronics Pty Ltd,
PO Box 275, Wentworthville. NSW. 2145. Australia.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Electronic Design Automation Consortium

"The Electronic Design Automation Consortium is the international association of companies developing EDA tools and services that enable engineers to create the world's electronic products....."

Electronic Design Automation Consortium
 
"The EDA industry services virtually every major semiconductor and electronics systems company in the world including, computer, communications, consumer electronics, medical and aerospace. The demand for increasingly complex ICs and SOCs is exploding. Our EDA technologies make it possible for the world's electronic companies to keep up with demand for smaller, faster, more powerful and lower cost electronic products....

Design Automation Conference (DAC)
 
"The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is recognized as the premier event for the design of electronic circuits and systems, electronic design automation (EDA) and embedded systems and software (ESS). "


DAC 2013 Austin: Celebrating 50 years of Innovation
 
"7,000 attendees come from all over the world to learn about products and solutions that bring additional value to the industry. This audience represents decision-makers at all levels of the buying process from the leading semiconductor, computer, telecommunication and consumer electronics companies."

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

MSP430F417 LCD Kits - Elektronikladen

MSP430F417 has more flash and RAM. These are able to control up to 96 segments of an LCD. This technique of using the MSP430 demonstrates how easily low-power applications can be developed for viewing and measuring instruments.

MSP430F417 LCD Kits - Elektronikladen

MSP430F41 Kit at Elektronikladen

Features
  • MSP430F413 or MSP430F417 controller (LQFP64)
  • 5-digit LCD display with additional functions
  • 32kHz watch crystal
  • RS232 level converter and DB-9 connector
  • two buttons - Sounder - Status LED
  • Connections for Dallas touch button
  • 14-pin. JTAG port
  • Dimensions: 80mm x 50mm
  • Battery holder for 3V LiMn cell (not supplied)
Elektronikladen - Mikrocontroller Starterkits

Elektronikladen - ELMICRO offers a wide range of Evaluation Boards, Controller Modules and Software Development Tools. The company network was founded in 1975 in Detmold, Germany and operates a network of partners and sales representatives to support customers world-wide.

Monday, July 29, 2013

MikroMedia for PIC18FJ - MikroElektronika

This Development Board for Multimedia Apps has an On-board PIC18FJ, which is preprogrammed with fast USB HID bootloader, ready for your R&D Project or even a Home Automation Solution.

MikroMedia for PIC18FJ - MikroElektronika

MikroMedia for PIC18FJ

It has Large 320x240 TFT Color Display with Touch Screen and Stereo. The batteries can be charged from USB port. The microSD memory card and 8Mbit Serial Flash Memory can help in storing data and media like pictures, sounds and other files.

Visual TFT is a standalone application used for rapid development of graphical user interfaces for TFT displays. Software generates code compatible with mikroElektronika compilers.

If you are a fan of arcade games, you won't resist this fantastic board. Gaming shield is an extension board for your mikromedia that provides you with standard gaming buttons and audio speakers, so you can build and play your favorite arcade games.
mikromedia GAMING Shield

mikromedia GAMING Shield

GAMING Shield comes with convenient stacking headers, so you can easily connect not only mikromedia, but other shields as well, such as battery boost shield.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Saleae Logic16 - 2 channels at 100MHz

Logic16 can save as many as 10B samples, letting you capture even the most elusive events. No more dealing with frustratingly small sample buffers.

Saleae Logic16 - 2 channels at 100MHz

Sample 2 channels at 100MHz, 4 channels at 50MHz, 8 channels at 25MHz, or all 16 channels at 12.5MHz.

Logic16's inputs are protected against overvoltage conditions via a high DC impedance front end and ultra-low-capacitance diode clamps. A resettable fuse protects the USB ground return line to augment the USB host's existing protection.

Saleae Logic16 - 2 channels at 100MHz

100MHz when using 2 channels, 50MHz when using 4 channels, 25MHz when using 8 channels, and 12.5MHz when using 16 channels.

Specifications Include
  • Input voltage range: -0.9V to 6V
  • Works with 1.8V, 2.5V, 3.3V, and 5V systems
  • Input Impedance 180Kohm 7pF 
  • Construction Custom CNC machined aluminum enclosure
  • Power 95 mA Idle -115 mA when Sampling

Thursday, June 27, 2013

GLOBALFOUNDRIES - Semiconductor Manufacturing Fab

The company is distributed over three continents. It has three 300mm fabs and five 200mm fabs. The major facilities for research, development and design enablement located near hubs of semiconductor activity in the United States,

GLOBALFOUNDRIES - Semiconductor Manufacturing Fab

GlobalFoundries was created by the divestiture of the manufacturing fab of AMD and later it enhanced its global presence after the merger with Chartered Semiconductor.

"Manufacturing centers in Germany, the United States and Singapore deliver advanced technologies to market in high volume..."

Assured long term supply and innovation of 200mm technologies with scalable plug-in modules such as analog/RF, High Voltage and embedded memories.

28nm Systems-on-Chip (SoCs) design platform 

"The 28nm technologies are based on bulk silicon substrates, and are designed for a wide variety of applications from high performance such as graphics and wired networking to mobile computing and digital consumer to low power wireless mobile applications that require long battery lifetime."

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc.
840 N McCarthy Blvd Milpitas, CA 95035, USA

Monday, June 10, 2013

Android Open Accessory Kit - NXP

Embedded Artists and NXP have developed the Android Open Accessory Development Kit on ARM Cortex-M Architecture.

Android Open Accessory Kit -  NXP

This Embedded Artists kit makes it easy for designers to develop, evaluate and prototype complex accessories for Android HandHeld devices.

"The board’s unique gateway-centric design includes Ethernet, CAN and IEEE 802.15.4 interfaces as well as a remote CAN node, enabling designers to develop highly advanced accessories not only for consumer applications, but also for home, building and industrial automation applications requiring different types of connectivity."

Android Open Accessory Kit -  NXPUsers of the Embedded Artists AOAA kit will receive all the software needed to get started with their designs including reference applications to test and build Ethernet, CAN and wireless functions. The reference applications are royalty-free.

"The Android Open Accessory standard provides a critical link between phones, tablets and other mobile computing devices, and the embedded systems that are pervasive in our daily lives.."

Embedded Artists is a leading provider of products and services around prototyping, evaluation and OEM platforms for NXP-based embedded systems.

NXP Semiconductors provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security and Digital Processing expertise.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Real-time 4x4 MIMO-OFDM Testbed

Peter Jan Lüthi from  Switzerland has to his credit this Ph.D. Thesis - VLSI Circuits for MIMO Preprocessing.This is related to design, implementation and demonstration of suitable algorithms for MIMO wireless communication.

Real-time 4x4 MIMO-OFDM Testbed

"The latest mobile applications and the growing number of wireless users are increasing the demand for high-throughput wireless access solutions. Multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology combined with orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) constitute today's most promising approach to exploit the limited radio frequency resources in a highly efficient way. "

Real-time 4x4 MIMO-OFDM Testbed

Fully operational SQRD-based MIMO preprocessing with two dual-core MMSE-SQRD ASICs in the real-time 4x4 MIMO-OFDM testbed. One MMSE-SQRD ASIC is visible in front, the second ASIC is located underneath the two RF boards.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Android for Texas Instruments devices - rowboat

An open community portal for Android on Texas Instruments devices. They aim to Provide a stable Google Android base port for TI devices based platforms, example: OMAP35x, AM35x, AM37x and DM37x.

Android for Texas Instruments devices - rowboat

Beaglebone can now be used to build or prototype Android phone or tablet accessories.

arowboat Android - Community Blog for rowboat project.

The Android platform (from 3.1 onwards) has integrated a specific protocol "Android Open Accessory", which allows external embedded hardware (accessory) to interact with an Android-powered device (Android phone or tablet) in a special accessory mode over USB or Bluetooth interface.

Android for Texas Instruments devices - rowboat
Android accessories are specifically designed to attach to Android-powered devices over USB or Bluetooth and adhere to a simple protocol (Android accessory protocol) that allows them to detect Android-powered devices that support accessory mode.

Android Development Kit for Sitara Microprocessors 

The Android Development Kit from TI is a complete software offering to allow developers of Sitara devices the ability to easily and quickly evaluate the Android OS. The kit provides a stable and fully tested software foundation that can be utilized on a wide range of Sitara hardware including Evaluation Modules and Beagleboard

Friday, May 17, 2013

ASIX - Electronic Design Service

A private company located in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. They offer complete turnkey electronic design followed by a product manufacturing in any quantity.

ASIX - Electronic Design Service

They have a wide range of experience in electronics - programmable logic devices (Xilinx FPGAs and CPLDs), microcontrollers (PIC, AVR, ARM, ...), analog and digital electronics...etc.

They also manufacture some tools and instruments that are useful for R&D using Embedded Systems. These are like Programmers, Debugging Tools and USB Products.

Even their Discontinued products are very interesting...

PVK40 a feature-rich development board for 40-pin PIC

PVK40 for 40-pin PIC

The board includes all the circuitry necessary for an in-depth study of most of the microcontroller on-chip peripherals and for experimenting with several external peripherals. This board will help you to become an expert in PIC MCU programming.

ASIX s.r.o.
Staropramenna 4 150 00 Prague Czech Republic

Monday, May 06, 2013

Open Programmer PIC and Atmel

An open source USB programmer for PIC micros, I2C EEPROMs, some ATMEL micros, generic I2C/SPI devices and (soon) other devices.

Open Programmer PIC and Atmel

  • Completely free and Open Source (including firmware)
  • Programs PIC10-12-16-18, 24xxxx I2C EEPROMs, some ATMEL micros, communicates with generic I2C & SPI devices (see supported devices)
  • USB interface, HID class (same as keyboards, mice, etc.)
  • Self powered
  • Doesn't need drivers
  • Built from easy to find components (estimated cost ~10€)
  • Hardware generated timings for maximum speed and reliability (writes a 18F2550 in 15s, 8s under Linux)
  • Doesn't saturate your CPU and doesn't suffer when other programs are running
  • Open source control programs for Linux and Windows
USBPicprog, another open source programmer

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Industrial Hand Held terminals Two Technologies

"Two Technologies has been designing and manufacturing customizable, rugged hand held computers and rugged terminals for industrial and commercial applications since 1987."

Industrial Hand Held terminals Two Technologies
Industrial Hand Held terminals Two Technologies
 
"Increased level of safety when using the terminal to control motion oriented tasks on a robotic device by allowing the host and terminal to monitor one another and react to event changes (host actions are dependent on host software."

ProMotion Rugged Hand Held Terminal
 
Features Include
  • Three (3) Position Liveman Switch
  • Double Pole E-Stop Switch
  • Large Display - 8 rows x 24 characters
  • ANSI 3.64 (VT-100) Compatibility
  • Keys Programmable as Characters
  • Up to 57,600 bps Communications 

Two Technologies, Inc.
419 Sargon Way, Horsham, PA 19044, USA 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Advantech - Industrial and Embedded Computing

Provides Industrial and Embedded Computing Services and Solutions for like ePlatform Services, e-world computing and web-based automation.

Advantech - Industrial and Embedded Computing

Business categories: Embedded ePlatform, eServices & Applied Computing, and Industrial Automation groups.

MIO-5290 MI/O Extension SBC - Advantech

MIO-5290 MI/O Extension SBC - Advantech

Features Include

Intel Core i3 and i7 processors + Intel QM77 PCH, 1 x DDR3/DDR3L SO-DIMM support up to 8 GB

DirectX11, OpenGL3.1, OpenCL1.1, 3 independent display: VGA + LVDS + HDMI/DisplayPort

Flexible design using integrated multiple I/O: MIOe to approach vertical applications & keep domain know-how.

Advantech America
380 Fairview Way, Milpitas, CA 95035 USA.

Monday, April 29, 2013

KTechLab - Open Source IDE

KTechLab project. KTechLab is a an IDE for microcontrollers and electronics. It supports circuit simulation, program development for microcontrollers and simulating the programmed microcontroller together with its application circuit. Ktechlab was developed by David Saxton.

KTechLab - Open Source IDE

From Design Gopher - Electronic Product Development

Integrated Design Environment (IDE) for electronic and PIC microcontroller circuit design and simulation. Featuring an extensive circuit designer with autorouting and simulation of many common electronic components and logic elements, KTechLab is the idea tool for educational or hobbyist use. You can simulate analog circuits and logical circuits using KTechLab.

You can write programs using Assembly, C (SDCC), or Flow Code - program the microcontroller(PIC) using flowchart. Another option is Microbe a programming language like BASIC.

KTechLab supports a wide range of Open Source PIC programmers, enabling finalised PIC programs to be quickly and easily transfered to a real PIC microcontroller.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Hendon Semiconductors - Microelectronics Design

Products include integrated circuits (silicon chips) in Bipolar, Bi-CMOS and CMOS technologies, thick film hybrids (ceramic substrate) and surface mounted printed circuit board assemblies and modules.

Hendon Semiconductors - Microelectronics Design

History -"The Hendon business site in Adelaide, South Australia has been a long established integrated circuit design and wafer fabrication facility in Australia, from its Philips semiconductor background up to 1997..."

Hendon Semiconductors - Microelectronics Design

Thick Film Hybrid Technology

The advantage of ceramic hybrids over fiberglass printed circuit is their high reliability due to their inherent rugged construction with the following advantages:

Hendon Semiconductors Pty. Ltd
ABN: 17 080 879 616, 1 Butler Drive, Hendon, South Australia 5014, Australia.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Casio Industrial Handhelds

"Casio has been manufacturing and marketing industrial ruggedized mobile terminals for more than twenty years across the globe, and has successfully established themselves as one of the market leaders."

CASIO Industrial Handheld Terminals

IT-9000 Handheld Terminal

Excellent visibility indoors and in direct sunlight -TFT LCD with an easy-to-operate touch panel. VGA-compatible high resolution (640×480 pixels).

Built-In NFC Reader/Writer with SAM Slot, High-Speed Thermal Printer, Built-In 2D Imager.

Maximum Toughness in Harsh Conditions.

IT-9000 Handheld Terminal

Thursday, March 28, 2013

F&S Elektronik Systeme GmbH

The design and Manufacture Embedded Computer Modules. All modules are equipped with operating system Windows CE or Linux.

"100% of all F&S electronic devices are 'Made in Germany' and are produced in Stuttgart-Vaihingen on highly modern production facilities."

F&S Elektronik Systeme GmbH 

The first PicoITX SBC by F&S Elektronik Systeme, the Embedded Solution Company, is based on a CortexA8 CPU with 1 GHz. WCE6.0/ WEC7 and Linux are at your disposal. Bootloader, as well as SDK, BSP and finished Kernels can be used right away. DirectX, OpenGL and GStreamer are supported.

armStoneA8 – A PicoITX  ARM SBC

Specifications Include
  • Power Supply - +5VDC at 4W typ.
  • Digital I/O - max. 66 lines
  • Touch Panel - Touch interface
  • TFT LCD Display up to WXGA
  • Interfaces - Ethernet, USB, CAN, SPI, Audio, micro SD-Card Slot
  • RAM     256MByte (512MByte optional)
  • Flash     128MByte (1GB optional)
  • Processor - Samsung CortexA8 with 833MHz (1GHZ optional) 
armStoneA8 – A PicoITX  ARM SBC

F&S Elektronik Systeme GmbH
Untere Waldplätze, 23 D-70569 Stuttgart, Germany

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sun Equipment Corporation - Training Systems

Sun Equipment Corporation - Training Systems

Kits and Custom Equipment Developer/Provider for Training and Industry, Engineering design and Development Lab Support.

Digital Signal Processing Control Lab

Digital Signal Processing Control Lab: DSP-59000

Dual processors (TMS-320C5416 & TMS-320LF2407). Built-in audio/video, MP3, Ethernet, Keypad, RS-232/RS-485, temperature control, function generator, PWM , experiment modules

ispPAC20 Programmable Analog IC Development Lab

Design, simulate, program, print, check and verify ispPAC-20 IC programs through the printer port

ispPAC20 Programmable Analog IC Development Lab

Built-in modules include input bias, microphone, amplifier, decay, adder, substractor, integration, filter, band width control, bridge and temperature sensor, VCO, PWM, Delta-Sigma modulation, D/A converter, widow comparator, absolute-value circuit, Voltage monitor, temperature monitor, light measurement, current transmit interface, feedback control of voltage and current, analog multiplexer, SPI control and etc.

Sun Equipment Corporation
1352 S. Grove Ave., Suite A, Ontario, CA 91761, USA.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Microsemi Corporation - High Performance Devices

Products  Microsemi Designs and Manufactures include high-performance, radiation-hardened and highly reliable analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and voice processing devices; RF solutions; etc.

Microsemi Corporation - High Performance Devices

Zarlink and Actel are now part of  Microsemi. Actel have designed  SoCs and FPGAs based on flash and antifuse technologies.

Microsemi SmartFusion2 Starter Kit

Microsemi's SmartFusion2 Starter Kit

The SmartFusion2 starter kit supports industry-standard interfaces including Ethernet, USB, SPI, I2C and UART and includes a comprehensive breadboard to support unique design requirements.

"SmartFusion2 system-on-chip (SoC) FPGAs, which integrate inherently reliable flash-based FPGA fabric, a 166 MHz ARM Cortex-M3 processor, advanced security processing accelerators, DSP blocks, SRAM, eNVM...."

They also provide High-performance IP Cores for other designers and chip developers.

Microsemi Corporation
One Enterprise Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 USA

Monday, February 18, 2013

TiePie Engineering - Computer controlled Instruments

Manufacturer of high quality computer controlled test and measurement equipment, such as USB oscilloscopes, arbitrary waveform generators, spectrum analyzers, protocol analyzers, data loggers and multimeters. It is a Dutch company developing and selling computer controlled measuring instruments.

TiePie Engineering - Computer controlled Instruments

This powerful high speed USB oscilloscope combines fast sampling up to 500 MS/s with high resolutions of 12, 14 and 16 bit, a large memory of 64 MSamples and an extremely accurate built-in 30 MHz 14 bit arbitrary waveform generator.


Handyscope HS5 the unbeatable USB oscilloscope

A protocol analyzer is a measuring instrument that analyzes one or more signals that are used to communicate between electronic devices according a specific protocol. A protocol analyzer examines the signals and decodes the information that is transferred.The Multi Channel software contains the following protocol analyzers: CAN bus analyzer, J1939 decoder, I²C analyzer and Serial analyzer.

Protocol analyzers - TiePie

Protocol analyzers - TiePie

TiePie engineering
Koperslagersstraat 37 8601 WL  Sneek The Netherlands
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Monday, February 11, 2013

Meridian CDC from Real Intent EDA

Meridian CDC is the fastest, highest capacity and most precise CDC solution in the market. It performs comprehensive structural and functional analysis to ensure that signals crossing asynchronous clock domains on ASIC, or FPGA devices are received reliably.

Meridian CDC from Real Intent EDA

Meridian CDC from Real Intent EDA

Meridian CDC is the only integrated solution in the industry that combines automatic CDC intent analysis and metastabilityaware formal analysis. Meridian CDC’s superior technology allows designers to use all of these strategies to guarantee complete CDC correctness.

Real Intent’s EDA software Helps accelerate early functional verification and advanced sign-off of integrated circuit designs. Solutions include comprehensive CDC verification and advanced RTL analysis.

Real Intent, Inc.
990 Almanor Avenue, Suite 220 Sunnyvale, CA 94085

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Mechatronics Demonstration Kit with PIC

The DM163029 or PICDEM Mechatronics demonstration board is an easy-to-use mechatronics development and demonstration platform. Mechatronics refers to implementing intelligent control in a mechanical system.

Mechatronics Demonstration Kit with PIC

The demonstration kit takes a hands-on approach to learning about mechatronics. Jumper wires are provided in the kit which allow the developer to experiment with connecting the PIC microcontroller to various components on the board. These components include sensors, LEDs, human input devices and motor drivers.

Mechatronics Demonstration Kit with PIC

Features Include
  • PIC16F917 MCU with 8 MHz
  • Displays: 8 LEDs and LCD
  • Stepper motor and brushed DC motors
  • Analog temperature sensor
  • 32.768 kHz crystal for time generation
  • Human inputs: 4 tactile switches, 2 potentiometers
  • Optical speed sensor for brushed DC motor
  • ICSP programming capability - MPLAB ICD

Monday, January 21, 2013

Virtual Anthropomorphic Robots to Androids

Robotics is the Magnum Opus of Engineering, It combines Electronics, Mechanical, Computing and also the toughest science know to mankind.... Wireless Networking!

Ethernet Networking itself is complex, A self healing, hack proof and plug-play Wireless Router has to be the first step to make safe robots.

From Virtual Anthropomorphic Robots to Androids

Just imagine a Wireless Router or even a Internet Router as easy to tune as a FM radio, no entering numbers, no admin with browser. Just keep it in a room and all gadgets and computers form a fuzzy network, all by themselves. The very idea of technology is to make things simple, cost-effective and efficient.

The real need of robots now is to avoid Humans in Hazardous Environment. Right from Outer Space to working in a Plant with Toxic Chemical Gases, Even machinery and equipment that injures the limbs or damages the eyes.

Virtualization in Robotics -

If workers can wear a coat of sensors with force feedback actuators, they can control a semi-automatic robot in Real-Time. This enables a worker to navigate a robot into a hazardous environment, perform an upgrade or make repairs. An accident or mishap will damage the robot and it can be easily rebuilt or maintained.

The robot is automatic and will have reflexes defined by software. The wireless networking will connect the Robot mechanically to a human in a safe enclosure. This makes the Worker present virtually inside the Robot, because he is connected by optical, aural and mechanical-muscle feedback-sensors. This will create Virtual Anthropomorphic Robots for Industrial use and may help to finally develop Fuzzy Robots or Androids, which is still in the relm of science fiction.

Related Reading -

Festo Bionic Learning Network

Molecubes Bionic Learning Network Festo - "Molecubes - an attractive programmable robotics system Molecubes could play a significant role in technical training in the near future. These cubes, fitted with computer chips, can be successively attached to each other."

Festo Bionic Learning Network
  Molecubes Bionic Learning Network Festo
"Bionic design principles serve as the basis for the development of new gripper technology for flexible adaptive grasping in the mechanical handling industry..."



Here Festo is helping students of Robotics and Automation learn from nature's intricate and sophisticated Nueromuscular Systems. I am using the word Nueromuscular in a different way, here it means Wires (Nerves), Control System (Brain, Spinal cord), Solenoids & Valves (Muscular System).

These Bionic Systems can also be used the other way around, they can be designed for Reinforcing/Replacing Weak or Lost Limbs. Even a person with a handicap, can do most tasks on his own, aided by the Bionic Appendages.

Study These Resources to understand Bionics which is closely related to Robotics and Automation.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

NXP P89LPC938 and Test Board - Future Designs

FDI makes Development Kits, Touch Screen Kits, SBC and many other Embedded System Tools. They also offer Engineering and Manufacturing services.Derivative Board for TSSOP with LPC938 loaded

Test Board for P89LPC938 - Future Designs

NXP - P89LPC938 is a 8-bit microcontroller with accelerated two-clock 80C51 core 8 kB 3 V byte-erasable Flash with 10-bit A/D converter

NXP - P89LPC938

The USB-Dongle provides a Virtual COM Port interface to the PC and allows hex files to be downloaded and programmed using Flash Magic or other common utilities.

USB Programming Interface for Derivative Boards
USB Programming Interface for Derivative Boards

Derivative Boards - In general, Derivative Boards require the use of the USB-Dongle for power and a programming interface. Low cost Derivative Boards are available for many different microcontrollers from NXP. Supported families include the LPC9xx, ARM7 LPC2xxx and 89V52X2.

FDI Engineering Design Services

Future Designs, Inc.
996 A Cleaner Way SW, Huntsville, AL 35805, USA

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Kit for MPR03x Capacitive Touch Sensor Controller

The evaluation kit allows a user to observe the basic functionality of the device through a couple of demo's including a pinball game and a presentation device.

Kit for MPR03x Capacitive Touch Sensor Controller

The MPR03X is an Inter-Integrated Circuit Communication (I2C) driven Capacitive Touch Sensor Controller, optimized to manage two electrodes with interrupt functionality, or three electrodes with the interrupt disabled.

MPR03x: Proximity Capacitive Touch Sensor Controller

Kit for MPR03x Capacitive Touch Sensor Controller

  • KITMPR03x motherboard
  • MPR031 DIP board
  • 2+IRQ electrode daughter card
  • 3 electrode daughter card
  • 4 MPR031 cut tape samples
  • Quick Start Guide
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