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Notacon 10 – DC to Daylight: A whirlwind tour of the radio spectrum

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Ever wonder what's going on in those portions of the spectrum outside the regular broadcast and public safety bands? This video from the just concluded Notacon 10 conference in Cleveland, OH, provides a summary of the radio spectrum assignments from the proverbial "DC to daylight". This presentation by Stormgren concentrates...

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Freescale medical applications component user guide

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Freescale Semiconductors has posted their Medical Applications User Guide. This 116 page PDF outlines the MCU, RF, sensor and display technologies offered with specific emphasis on their implementation in developing medical applications. Included are block diagrams of medical devices and overviews of contemporary medical electronics technologies.

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Obscure mil doc: Telemetry Systems Radio Frequency Handbook

Friday, April 5th, 2013

If you're interested in obscure RF topics here's a document for you. The Telemetry Systems Radio Frequency Handbook is a 133 page manual in PDF released by the US Army and found on the White Sands Missile Range website. It was prepared to assist in the development of improved RF...

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Posted in digital radio data, documentation, RF | 2 Comments »

Authoritative GNU Radio training videos

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Want free, in depth training on GNU Radio from an authoritative source? Then you'll want to spend four hours viewing this series of videos by Tom Rondeau, KB3UKZ, the GNU Radio project manager since 2009. Tom provides a detailed, in-depth study of this Software Defined Radio experimental and development system....

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Posted in documentation, open source, RF, SDR, Videos | 4 Comments »

E-book: Hacking Politics details efforts to defeat SOPA/PIPA

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Hacking Politics is a soon to be released book documenting the unlikely coalition which worked to defeat the SOPA and PIPA legislation in the United States. Edited by David Moon, Patrick Ruffini and David Segal, Hacking Politics is set to be released in April by OR Books in both e-book...

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ITU radio regs online FREE for limited time

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Drone has sent us this information which should be interesting to radio comm enthusiasts around the world. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has decided to offer the current (2012) full set of "Radio Regulation" documents (Volumes I-IV) for FREE download for a limited time (through mid-2014 perhaps). Yes, this set...

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Posted in documentation, RF, site | 6 Comments »

Understanding and characterizing timing jitter

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Matthew Zaleski found this resource posted by National Instruments. It's a fairly detailed whitepaper titled "Understanding and Characterizing Timing Jitter". This looks like a good resource for anyone doing high-frequency communications. Via the contact form.

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New book: LEGO and Arduino Projects

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

We've been informed of the new MAKE publication by authors John Baichtal, Matthew Beckler and Adam Wolf entitled LEGO and Arduino Projects: Projects for extending Mingdstorms NXT with open-source electronics. The purpose of the book is to acquaint beginners with the both Mindstorms and the Arduino platform and how they...

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Octopart Ipad app

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Greg Shikhman writes informing us that Octopart has a new Ipad app for we have a new iPad Octopart app for finding and organizing part datasheets. This app is free and available from the Apple app store. No Ipod Touch, Iphone or Andoid versions are presently available. Via the contact...

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Posted in documentation, site | 1 Comment »

Cool doc: US military UHF TACSAT/DAMA

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Here's an interesting doc for any RF hackers interested in military satellite communications. Its the official US military manual on Multi-Service Tactics, techniques, and Procedures for Ultra High Frequency Tactical Satellite and Demand Assigned Multiple Access (DAMA) Operations. Pretty much everything you never even thought about regarding military UHF satellite...

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Bus Pirate v3.6 added to the Fritzing library

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Fritzing is an open source GUI based program that allows users to document their prototypes, share them with others, show them in a presentation, and create a pcb layout for professional manufacturing. Mikhail added the Bus Pirate v3.6 to their parts library, and Systemstech made a quick sketch of it...

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Analog Discovery training resources

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Tim Kerby notes that there is now a Wiki for the Analog Discovery with lots of fantastic training materials. Check it out! Via the contact form.

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Free Commodore ezine for retro enthusiasts

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

For all you Commodore retro enthusiasts, there's an online mag for you. Known as CommodoreFree, its a free to download magazine dedicated to Commodore Computers and is available in text, HTML and PDF formats, as well as including Commodore 64 D64 disk images. This ezine covers covering programming, gaming, hardware...

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Xilinx CPLD design techniques online documentation

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Xilinx has an online searchable database of information on programming their CPLD devices. It includes a number of cool tips and code samples for implementing bidirectional signals, clock dividers, global nets as well as information on CPLD attributes, the schematic library and controlling I/O pin voltages. In many cases code...

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PropForth 5.0 and beginner’s guide available

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

PropForth 5.0 is available for use on the Parallax Propeller. As the PropForth crew explains, "It is an interactive development and run time system. You can communicate with PropForth using a standard serial port, or via ethernet and telnet depending on the capabilities of the system you are using. It...

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Posted in code, documentation, Parallax Propeller | 6 Comments »

FT311D errata: The IC doesn’t work with Android v4.1 and above

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

We designed a breakout board for the FT311D Android Open Accessory (AOA) ICs. We got the prototypes in our workshop, and in the free PCB drawer. Only thing missing is for FTDI to start selling them. In this waiting period we stumbled onto the errata for this IC. There are...

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Posted in Android, documentation | 13 Comments »

Training module: Austria Microsystems AS1130 LED driver chip

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Digi-Key has a training module on using the Austria Microsystems AS1130 LED Driver chip. The AS1130 can drive 132 LEDs with one chip via the "Crossplexing" technique similar to Charlieplexing. The AS1130 features include a built-in scrolling function. The 38 page PDF datasheet is available here. Drone via the contact...

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Posted in components, documentation, LEDs | 7 Comments »

TI multicore programming guide

Monday, October 29th, 2012

TI has released their Multicore Programming Guide. Their announcement states, "To meet the ever-increasing processing demand, modern System-On-Chip solutions contain multiple processing cores. The dilemma is how to map applications to multicore devices. In this paper, we present a programming methodology for converting applications to run on multicore devices. We...

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TI EMI/ESD protection guide

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) isn't something you usually think about until after you've accidentally zapped a sensitive component and can't figure out why it looks OK but isn't working. Similarly, electromagnetic interference (EMI) usually isn't taken into account unless it begins to negatively impact a new wireless design. TI has released...

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ARM board comparison chart

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Avishay had been looking at several different ARM boards and wanted to find a comprehensive list of inexpensive boards. After viewing several lists which didn't provide what he was looking for, he assembled this list of his own. It's in tabular form, making it easy to compare board characteristics, and...

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Posted in ARM, dev boards, documentation, Linux | 10 Comments »

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