Week in (p)review: March 25, 2011

Don’t forget to share your current project in the comments or the forum. This week our favorite project gets a free QFP protoboard.

Here’s a summary of major developments over the last week:

Next week will be busy:

  • Finish documentation for several projects on the wiki
  • The next projects to arrive will be the CPLD development boards and the Bus Blaster v2
  • SVN cleanup and organization
  • We’ll publish some more stalled projects
  • End of year and estimated Q1 tax time

What are you hacking this week?

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  1. Designed a USB cell phone charger & power supply for disaster relief network equipment to be used at Tohoku area. Hopefully we will manufacture them when service providers set up mobile base stations.

  2. Designed a controller for a RGB LED strip. Two buttons, a MCU (tiny25), three driver transistors. The PCB is 1cm wide, the same as the LED strip. I’ll use it for small, colorful household lamps.
    The idea is that button 1 controls On/Off Brightness, the second button controls the color, both together give special functions (simulated fire, lightning, etc). The drivers can drive up to 2AMPs so even longer LED-strips will work.

  3. Instead of SVN you maybe should switch to git, works a lot better in opensource environments, with external contributors.

    Just my 2cents, as you’re doing reorganization anyway. ;)

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