STM released a new STM8L DISCOVERY Board with LCD support (datasheet). Another new low-cost 8-Bit DISCOVERY board, available now for about US$ 10/10 EUR (depending on the distributor). Includes an onboard ST-LINK programmer/debugger. Via the forum, thanks IPenguin!
If you need a quick source of canned Christmas music in a project, don’t forget the Picaxe line of microcontrollers from Revolution Education. All Picaxe “M” chips have three Christmas tunes preprogrammed and playable using the PLAY command: Jingle Bells, Silent Night, and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer!
Altera has introduced their Max V family of CPLDs. Features include operation from a single 1.8 volt external supply for device core, internal oscillator, user flash memory block of up to 8 Kbits for non-volatile storage with up to 1000 read/write cycles, and multiVolt I/O interface supporting 3.3, 2.5, 1.8, 1.5 and 1.2-Volt logic levels. […]
Here’s an extensive list of STM32 Discovery board tutorials. Examples for displays, and other components, and compiler guides. Via the comments.
Kevin Morris of FPGAJournal discusses the future of FPGAs and SoC (System On Chip) and why it may be a good idea to put peanut butter on our fabric.
Lattice made an over-the-top infomercial for the MachXO2 Programmable Logic Device. PLDs are in the neighborhood of CPLDs and FPGAs. Lattice CPLDs are available at Mouser, but we’ve never tried them. Any experience? This gem seems to have originated with Jeri Ellsworth, but it’s everywhere today.
rsdio tipped us to some interesting parts and application notes. First up is a tutorial on fast parallel analog to digital converters: Flash analog-to-digital converters, also known as parallel ADCs, are the fastest way to convert an analog signal to a digital signal. Flash ADCs are ideal for applications requiring very large bandwidth, but they […]
This is a STM32 ARM-based thin client that uses a TV as an output device. SMD projects on home-etched boards are fun to made. Don’t fear SMD, it’s cheaper, readily available, and surprisingly easy to solder with a little flux. Via Hack a Day.
Starlino demos the Freescale MMA7456L accelerometer with an I2C/SPI interface with the Bus Pirate. Get a Bus Pirate v3b for $30, including worldwide shipping at Seeed Studio. Adafruit also has the Bus Pirate and probe cables in stock and ready to ship.
EPROMs are old-school data storage chips with a little window that exposes the silicon inside. Once these chips are programmed, they can only be erased by shining ultraviolet light through the window. The EPROM help page is a guide to identifying and working with these devices. It also covers more modern programmable memory like EEPROM, […]
The MAX147 is a 12bit 8 channel analog to digital converter. will_j plans to interface a MAX147 to the web platform, but he used the Bus Pirate and the PirateShip GUI to learn about the chip first. There’s a screenshot of the terminal output in the forum. The Bus Pirate is available at Seeed Studio […]
Starlino used the Bus Pirate to explore a Freescale MMA7456L, a three-axis accelerometer with both I2C and SPI interfaces. The surface mount chip is on a homemade though-hole breakout board, there’s also a tutorial on this handy adapter. You can get a Bus Pirate for $30, including worldwide shipping at Seeed Studio. Adafruit also has […]
SparkFun has a tutorial about playing WAV files with an 8-bit AD5330 Digital Analog Converter (DAC). The AD5330 has an 8-bit parallel interface and operates from 2.5v to 5.5v. SparkFun uses an Arduino, micro SD shield, and AD5330 breakout board to play WAV files. The Arduino reads uncompressed WAV files from a FAT formatted SD […]
See the latest version in the documentation wiki. Reliq sent a 1-Wire iButton demo using the Bus Pirate: I work in an engineering firm, and the large format color printer we have uses iButtons on the ink tanks to tell the machine what has been plugged in. These particular buttons are write-only. As you can […]
Hunting and opening heavy PDF files to check IC pinouts is a real pain. ChipDB looks like an awesome quick reference concept, with none of the frustration of those awful datasheet aggregators. There’s not a lot of chips yet, but we found the 4066 quad bilateral switch that’s used to control the pull-up resistors on […]
See the latest version in the documentation wiki. The 24AA02E48 is an I2C EEPROM with 256bytes of data storage. It’s similar to other EEPROMs we’ve looked at in the past, but this chip has a 48bit EUI-48 ethernet MAC address permanently burned into the upper-most six bytes. This is an easy and cheap way to […]
This is an old version, see the latest version on the documentation wiki. The DS1307 is a simple, inexpensive I2C real-time clock, it’s somewhat similar to the PCF8563 that was previously demonstrated with the Bus Pirate. This chip has some nice features. It has internal capacitors on both oscillator pins, the only required external part […]