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DP6037 Protoboard v1 PCBs are available at Seeed

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

A multipurpose 0.1" pitch prototyping board that fits a DP6037 acrylic case is now available at Seeed Studio. This one is pretty small, just 60mm by 37mm, bigger boards are on the way. We originally made this board for building up quick and simple reference circuits with through-hole chips, such...

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Testing the new reduced-sized ICSP connector

Monday, December 17th, 2012

This week we received a batch of PCBs and amongst them was the latest revision of our USB TFT breakoutboard. This board is the first board that features a new ICSP footprint, which occupies less space on the PCB and should improve testing and programming times at Seeed. (more…)

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Geo Data Logger: Arduino+GPS+SD+Accelerometer to log, time-stamp, and geo-tag sensor data

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

This Instructable  describes a prototype of a road condition scanner using Arduino + GPS + SD + Accelerometer designed by TechBitar: I thought it would be educational to build a prototype that I can take on the road to log, geo-tag, and time-stamp sensors data to be analyzed later with...

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Soldering iron driver v1.5 PCBs are available at Seeed

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Hardware hacking is more fun with open source, DIY tools. That's why Arhi designed a completely open soldering station controller motherboard. And we designed a through hole version that is now available as a PCB only at Seeed for $7 The completed PCB is the heart of a soldering station,...

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Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Here is the Smoke Tester. It's a board designed to safely power prototypes for the first time and see if there are shorts. Current can be measured using a voltmeter. Here's the full feature list. 5V and 3.3v voltage regulators 7V-15V input 3 possible input sources: USB, 2mm DC barrel...

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Playing with ATX Breakout Board in KiCAD

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Over the last week we re-visioned the ATX power supply breakout board in KiCAD, free of the confines of Eagle's 100mm by 80mm cell. We chose the ATX board because it's already at the limit of the free version of eagle, and it's filled with big connectors that can't be...

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NEW PROTOTYPE: 1.8″ TFT display with USB interface

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Like so many others, we found a nice 1.8" TFT display in China, and we decided to make a breakout for it. Instead of just breaking out the pins, and perhaps adding the micro SD card holder, we equipped our version with an USB enabled microcontroller and a few buttons...

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FT311D Android Open Accessory IC breakout board update

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Here's the update in our earlier PROTOTYPE PREVIEW: FT311D Android Open Accessory IC breakout board post: Added 2 10k pullup resistors on IOBUS0 and IOBUS1 with series jumper to turn it on/off Change 1x8 header to 2x5 for the breakout IO BUSES Breakout 3v3 and 5v onto the 2x5 IO...

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PROTOTYPE PREVIEW: FT311D Android Open Accessory IC breakout board

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

FTDI announced the FT311D Android Open Accessory IC last week and we designed a breakout board for it. The 7 GPIO pins are broken out, and it has everything necessary for the IC to function. Stuff like: 2 Power supplies: 3.3V for the IC, 5V for the VBUS line Quartz...

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MIT computerized self position-correcting hand router

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Drone writes: "Check out this computerized self position-correcting hand router made by Alec Rivers, Ilan E. Moyer, and Frédo Durand of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. The plan is to commercialize this. You would upload designs and/or buy designs to upload like apps on a smartphone. There's a...

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Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Latest designs and full project overview are available on the ATX Breakout Board wiki. Old ATX computer power supplies are cheap-to-free, and make great lab supplies with lots of power at several common voltages. The ATX breakout board brings all the power pins to screw terminals for easy access. For...

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ATARI POKEY player using DP QFP proto board

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Markus Gritsch has built a dedicated ATARI POKEY chiptunes player using a DP QFP proto boards. "I successfully compiled the ASAP (Another Slight Atari Player) library for a PIC32MX795F512H. ASAP emulates a 6502 CPU and the famous POKEY sound chip used for example in the ATARI 400/800 and XL/XE 8-bit...

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Chaotic Moon Labs’ Board of Imagination

Friday, March 30th, 2012

At CES 2012 Chaotic Moon Labs debuted the Board of Awesomeness, a motorized skateboard which was controlled based upon readings from a Kinect. Now the CML crew has taken the concept one step further with their Board of Imagination. The BOI is similar to the Board of Awesomeness except that...

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Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

PIC TQFP100 Breakout boards are designed to quickly get you prototyping with any Microchip PIC microcontroller or dsPIC digital signal processor that comes in 100pin 0.4mm pitch TQFP (designation 'PT') packages. We've checked support for PIC32s, PIC24s, and dsPIC33s, but others may be supported as well. In version 2 we...

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PROTOTYPE PREVIEW: New protoboard under way

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Don't you hate it? A big bag of SMT parts arrive from Mouser, DigiKey or eBay, but your carefully manufactured PCBs are still under way? Or the firmware needs to be done ASAP? Or you got this super cool USB SOIC uC you'd love to try out and you can't...

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Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Part Ninja V1 is a electronic component testing tool. It identifies electronic components like transistors and FETs, determines the pinout, and measures basic specifications. Several SMD footprints are included so surface mount parts can be tested too. Only a few pins and resistors are needed for the transistor tester, so...

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PROTOTYPE PREVIEW: Bus Pirate HV programming adapter v4

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Tayken finished the Bus Pirate v4 HV programming adapter. This adapter allows a Bus Pirate v4 to program PIC microcontrollers that require high-voltage on the VPP ICSP pin (PIC 16F, 18F) to enter programming mode. A DC-DC boost converter is driven by the Bus Pirate pulse-width modulator generates the required...

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FIRST DRAFT: Programmable dummy load

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

  This is a programmable current sink, usually used to simulate  different current loads for power supplies. We have always wanted to build one, but we've stalled several times. This design is based on the simple analog load posted by Bearmos. It's not intended to be a final project, it's...

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Preview: Open source soldering iron driver v1.5

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Today we sent our updated soldering iron driver v1.5 PCB to be fabricated. This is a 100% through-hole reroute of Arhi's latest gen 3 design. The ground plane is broken into power supply, analog, and digital sections to help reduce noise. PCBs will be available in the free PCB drawer...

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PREVIEW: CPLD-based XT-IDE adapter V2

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

The second version of our CPLD-based XT-IDE adapter PCB is about to go to the board house. In this update all the logic ICs have been moved to the CPLD, making it fully programmable. The XT-IDE project is a Vintage Computer forum driven project to develop and manufacturer an 8-bit...

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