Single chip AVR BASIC computer

Dan over at HackAday documented his single chip computer project with the PCBs from DirtyPCBs: A single AVR microcontroller (the ATmega 1284P) has been used to create a standalone computer system which runs the BASIC programming language. The 1284P runs TinyBASIC Plus, generates RCA video signals (using TVout) and reads PS/2 keyboard input. A single sided […]

NEW PROJECT: BGA Reballing Practice Kit, removal, reballing, soldering exercise

At Hacker Camp Shenzhen we learned to reball BGA chips at a mobile phone repair school. This technique was developed to repair cell phones with little to no equipment. That means no expensive reballing rigs, no collection of tiny replacement BGA balls. Just simple hand tools. We thought it was so cool we bought all […]

Single chip provides 3D images inside the heart and blood vessels

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new medical imaging technology that provides 3D imaging from inside the heart and blood vessels: The device integrates ultrasound transducers with processing electronics on a single 1.4 millimeter silicon chip. On-chip processing of signals allows data from more than a hundred elements on the device to be […]

Microchip PIC chips could have been the Power Behind Arduino

Gerry Sweeney writes: As I understand it Microchip are in the silicon chip business selling micro-controllers – actually Microchip make some really awesome parts and I am guessing here but I suspect they probably want to sell lots and lots of those awesome parts right? So why do they suppress their developer community with crippled […]

Drag soldering for surface mount chips

This video by Steve of Big Mess o’ Wires demonstrates how to solder a 44-pin chip in a typical TQFP package using the drag soldering technique: The process begins by applying a liberal amount of flux to the pads, then positioning the chip on top. I use a pencil eraser to hold the chip steady while I tack down […]

555 as a push-pull level shifter

psmay writes: Wanting to prototype something with an oddball push-pull 3.3V-to-13V switch led me to concoct an experiment using only stuff available at a reasonably well-stocked Radio Shack[3], with particular attention to ICs that provide push-pull outputs. So far I’ve tried configurations based on the original 555 timer[4] and the TL082 op amp. My first […]

rompar: a tool to analyze masked ROMs

You may have seen those highly magnified photos of decapped chips displaying the hardware architecture and wondered what information is represented by the solder-like designs. Adam “Major Malfunction” Laurie of Aperature Labs has developed a software tool to assist in deciphering the bits represented in these highly magnified chip photos. Known as rompar, its a […]

New chip delivers DNA results within an hour

Here’s an amazing new DNA testing chip by Panasonic together with the Belgium-based research institution IMEC. It delivers DNA results within an hour: This is the chip we’ve actually developed. As you can see, it’s less than half the size of a business card. It contains everything needed for testing DNA. Once a drop of blood is […]

MSP430 optical mouse chip interface – phase 1

JWoodrell over at the 430h forum shares his experience interfacing an optical mouse IC (AVAGO ADNS-2051) to an MSP430G2553: My current plan is to gut optical mice for their sensor + lense i can get them for around 2-3 bucks.  the first mouse i gutted had an AVAGO ADNS-2051 sensor which is nice because it […]

Review: Analog Devices ADF4351

Sebastian has been tinkering with the Analog Devices ADF4351 eval board and written a review. “The ADF4351 from Analog Devices (ADI) is a modern wideband PLL synthesizer with integrated low phase noise VCO. It is capable of generating signals between 35 MHz to 4400 MHz with a very low jitter of typical 0.3 ps. ADI […]

Hak8or’s scavenge of electronic parts from old computer hardware

Got an old computer collecting dust? Break out the hot air, and start scavenging for electronics gold. This is just what Hak8or did over the weekend. He took components form an old motherboard, and a SCSI PCI card. For a detailed component by component breakdown of his score check out his blog. I wanted to […]

Microchip expands USB portfolio with fifteen new 8-bit PIC MCUs

Microchip has announced the release of a new line of USB 8-bit PICs. The new devices range from 14 to 100 pins with up to 128 KB of Flash. According to the announcement, sampling should begin in early October. All feature internal clock sources with the 0.25% clock accuracy necessary for USB communication eliminating the […]