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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Termite Terminal - RS232 Interfacing

Termite is an easy to use and easy to configure RS232 terminal. It uses an interface similar to that of "messenger" or "chat" programs, with a large window that contains all received data and an edit line for typing in strings to transmit.

Termite Terminal - RS232 Interfacing - CompuPhase

Plug-in interface for pre-processing or alternative views of the data, logging received data to a file, adding a toolbar to Termite, and other functionality that you may think of.

Termite Terminal

It can also do ..
  • A history of commands that you typed, with auto-completion.
  • Support for non-standard Baud rates (MIDI, DMX512).
  • Data can be forwarded between two RS232 ports.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

RF ASIC MAXIM Semiconductor

Maxim's ASICs enable you to "lock up" or Protect a circuit-design intellectual property (IP). These can be used for creating solutions for Cellular, Handheld, Satellite Datacommunications, GPS, etc.

Maxim chips have a wide range of uses, especially in easily resolving Complex Analog and Mixed Design Requirements.

RF and Wireless ASICs - Maxim

"A two-stage 1.9GHz monolithic low-noise amplifier (LNA) with a measured noise figure of 2.3dB and an associated gain of 15dB was fabricated in a standard silicon bipolar transistor array. It dissipates 5.2mW from a 3V supply including the bias circuitry. Input return loss and isolation are -9dB and -20dB, respectively."

Schematic of the two-stage LNA

QuickChip Design Example 2 - Low Power Silicon BJT LNA for 1.9GHz

Monday, July 11, 2011

Antronics Ltd – Project Design Portfolio

Product design and development is for the Innovative Engineer. Here Antronics have on display, some projects and design ideas that have been realized.

Antronics Ltd - Project Design Portfolio

A product design by Antronic - The BT redcare alarm monitoring system provides continuous monitoring of a BT telephone line that links a professionally installed alarm system.

Antronics Ltd – Project Design Portfolio

Antronics Ltd - Embedded Systems Specialists

Consultancy Services to Clients developing Embedded Microprocessor Systems. Design and development of software/firmware for embedded microprocessor and microcontroller systems. Specialized in Products which need "M2M" applications; ie, "machine-to-machine" communications.

delabs Notes

In product development, the most important thing is to communicate and interact with the customer. To get the inputs very clear, goes a long way in customer satisfaction and project's technical success.
Even if the customer is not able to create a Black Box Specifications but is able to indicate the need or problem. Then you can arrive at the specs by incremental prototyping, to gather full requirements.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

BeMicro Max 10 FPGA Evaluation Kit

BeMicro Max 10 is a FPGA evaluation kit that is designed to get you started with using an FPGA.

BeMicro Max 10 FPGA Evaluation Kit

BeMicro Max 10 adopts Altera’s non-volatile MAX 10 FPGA built on 55-nm flash process. Users can take advantage of the features Altera offers in the MAX 10 FPGA device, such as an ADC block, temperature sense diode and flash memory.

BeMicro Max 10 FPGA Evaluation Kit

BeMicro Max 10 includes a variety of peripherals connected to the MAX 10 FPGA such as 8MB SDRAM, accelerometer, digital-to-analog converter (DAC), temperature sensor, thermal resistor, photo resistor, LEDs, pushbuttons and several different options for expansion connectivity.

Beginning Arduino - Mike Earthshine Electronics

Located in London, Earthshine Electronics is a source of parts and kits relate to Arduino. Other electronics or microcontroller needs also.

Digital Barograph made with SCP1000 & GLCD

Arduino Mega Project - Measurement and Data Logging. Digital Pressure Sensor and 128×64 Graphic LCD. Plots graph of current pressure, temperature variation with time.

This certainly is a good project for college students. You can also enhance it for multiple channels, mini thermal printer interface.

Stand alone remote data loggers must be able to take a Standard Thumb Drive for storing and easy retrieval of data. In urban areas a wireless internet transfer is better. In a desert or jungle a satellite data transfer or small flash storage, that can be manually collected and logged into network.

Environmental Monitoring Arduino - The Arduino Guy

The blog of 'The Arduino Guy' aka Mike McRoberts

The basic premise of the project is to have sensor nodes monitoring things such as temperature, pressure, humidity, light levels and so on and then send that data wirelessly back to a base station which will upload it to a web server.

The Complete Beginners Guide to The Arduino

Earthshine Electronics
Suite 13365 2nd Floor 145-157 St John Street London EC1V 4PY, UK.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Wireless Gigabit Alliance - WiGig 60 GHz

Interconnects Devices and Computers on WiGig technology for High Speed Media Rich DataCommunications. Multi-gigabit wireless communications using the unlicensed 60 GHz spectrum.

Wireless Gigabit Alliance - WiGig 60 GHz

"The Wi-Fi Alliance and the Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig Alliance) today announced a cooperation agreement for multi-gigabit wireless networking" - Wi-Fi & WiGig cooperate

Wireless Gigabit Alliance - WiGig 60 GHz

WiGig version 1.0 specification Includes data transmission rates up to 7 Gbps. Backward compatible with the IEEE 802.11 standard.

The WiGig specification will allow devices to communicate without wires at multi-gigabit speeds. It enables high performance wireless data, display and audio applications that supplement the capabilities of today's wireless LAN devices. - WiGig at Wikipedia

WiGig gets spec and Alliance endorsement

"WiGig offers connections of up to 7Gb/sec, but operating at the top end of the dial, 60GHz, makes for very short range. WiGig will carry over about 10 meters in ideal conditions,….."