App note: LV5980MC step-down switching regulator

Single chip high efficiency step-down converter, app note from ON Semiconductors. Link here (PDF) The LV5980MC is a fixed 370 kHz, high−output−current, Non−synchronous PWM converter that integrates a low−resistance, high−side MOSFET and a Customer Chosen, External Diode for the rectification. The LV5980MC utilizes externally compensated current mode control to provide good transient response, ease of […]

App note: Designing a PSR Quasi-Resonant adaptor driven by the NCP1362

ON Semiconductor’s app note featuring 12V 12W adaptor design using NCP1362 primary side regulation controller with valley lockout that hold its switching frequency at light loads. Link here (PDF) Quasi−square wave resonant converters also known as Quasi−Resonant (QR) converters are widely used in the adaptor market. They help designing flyback Switched−Mode Power Supply (SMPS) with […]

A new, fully modular CNC controller

bdring’s new universal CNC controller for Grbl_ESP32 , that is available on Github: The blog post details a new CNC controller I designed. I have probably designed 40-50 different controllers over the years, but this one has me really excited. My past controllers were generally application specific. My recent controllers have all been for the […]

The Hayes Chronograph, a remake for 2020

smbakeryt built his own Hayes Chronograph: I’ve always wanted a Hayes Chronograph, but have never been able to acquire one, so I finally broke down and just made my own. The Hayes Chronograph was a compliment to Hayes line of smart modems, and implemented a real time clock for computers that didn’t have a built-in […]

μSim: PICmicro instruction simulator

Dilshan has published a new build: μSim is a lightweight PIC™ CPU and ALU simulator. This simulator supports the PICmicro mid-range instruction set and designed to work on both PC and Arduino platforms. Compare with most of the other emulators, μSim does not provide all MCU features and peripherals. This simulator design as a minimalistic […]

App note: FT90X ethernet LED control

App note from FTDI/Bridgetek demonstrating LED control over Ethernet. Link here (PDF) In an increasingly connected world, more and more devices are going online. To enable online connectivity typically requires an MCU with Ethernet or Wi-Fi capabilities. To demonstrate the principle, this Application Note describes an implementation of a web server which allows for control […]

A different power source for field ham radio operating

Gwen, NG3P, has been working on a power source project for field ham radio operating: We’re coming up on a confluence of two things: Nice weather, and relaxing of the Covid-19 lockdowns in much of the United States. This means more hams leaving their home shacks and taking their operating to the field. For some, […]

App note: PCB layout guidelines for high frequency signaling products

High speed board design app note from ON Semiconductor. Link here (PDF) There is an increase of devices and circuitry in usage of high speed, low consumption, small volume and lower interference. Hence PCB design is an important stage of electronic product design. It forms a connection between function and electronic components, and is also […]

App note: Calculating and interpreting power dissipation for polypropylene film DC-link capacitors

Tech note from Vishay on polypropylene film capacitor value calculation with temperature and power dissipation consideration. Link here (PDF) Film capacitors can deliver high power density due to their low ESR and high ripple current capabilities, and offer the highest ampere per μF ratio of capacitor technologies. This feature, combined with their high reliability and […]

DIY MechBoard64

DIY MechBoard64 @ breadbox64.com: When the MechBoard64 was finally realized and presented on my blog, it soon came clear that a new mechanical keyboard was the missing piece in the creation of a brand new Commodore 64 (…well that and some new keycaps…). As I have no intention to become a Commodore 64 mechanical keyboard […]

How to correctly set the motor current limit on an A4988 stepper motor driver

Michael posted detailed instructions of how to set up your A4988 stepper motor driver’s motor current limit: One important thing to set up when using these drivers is the motor current limit. This is especially important when you’re using a higher input voltage than what the motor is rated for. Using a higher voltage generally […]

App note: Guidelines on the effects of parasitic capacitance on clock accuracy due to board layout

Board design considerations like board thickness and layer stacking under a crystal when designing PCB for accurate clock crystals discuss in this app note from Maxim Integrated. Link here Crystal oscillator is widely used in RTC applications. Clock accuracy, one of the key parameters in real-time clocks, partly depends on the parasitic capacitance of the […]

App note: Basics of ventilator systems

App note from Maxim Integrated about the design of modern ventilator system. Link here This application note provides an overview of ventilator systems with a focus on system design for precision measurement and reliable protection. It discusses the four key components of a pneumatic ventilation system: gas supply, gas flow mixture, inhalation and exhalation systems. […]