Archive for the ‘new parts’ Category

Shopping TaoBao: Our first steps

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Some time ago a forum member brought up Taobao as a cheap alternative to eBay. Since we like to shop on a budget, we decided to give it a go. Shopping on Taobao is not as easy as shopping on eBay, and consists of more steps between ordering, and receiving...

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Microchip getting ready to release long awaited PIC18FX550 replacements

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Two new future product pages popped up on Microchip's site, the PIC18F45K50 and PIC18F25K50. These are pin, and probably register, compatible replacements for PIC18F4550, and PIC18F2550, which are Microchip's most powerful 5V USB devices. One thing we noticed is that the new PICs have high-precision self tuning oscillators, thus removing...

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Parallax Emic 2 text-to-speech module

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Parallax has released their Emic 2 Text-to-Speech Module. The Emic 2 is a multi-language voice synthesizer that converts a stream of digital text into natural sounding speech. The module requires a 5 volt DC power supply at 30 mA, and interfaces with your project via 9600 baud asynchronous serial (TTL)....

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AS3935 lightning sensor chip

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Manuel Garbe and Drone both wrote in to draw our attention to this new "Lightning Detector" chip from Austriamicrosystems. According to the manufacturer's press release, "[t]he AS3935 is a programmable Lightning Sensor IC that detects the presence and approach of potentially hazardous lightning activity in the vicinity. It detects intra-cloud...

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New 8bit PIC microcontrollers with some interesting peripherals

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Microchip just released a new series of PIC16F 8bit mid-range microcontrollers, the PIC16F178X. They come in 28 and 40 pin package versions with 14 KB of flash, running at 8 MIPS. We find some of new peripherals very interesting. Programmable Switch Mode Controller with a 16nS (64 MHz) resolution 8bit...

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Our big box of traveling parts is in the wild

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

We are constantly developing prototypes, so we end up with a large pile of unused components. When we moved to a new location we realized some components sat untouched since the previous move. A while ago we read about the The Great Internet Migratory Box Of Electronics Junk and decided...

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Texas Instruments anounces new F563x and F663x MSP430 microcontrollers.

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Texas Instruments just announced the addition of F563X and F663X lines of microcontrollers to their MSP430 range. Here is the feature list of the new devices: More memory options with 256kB flash and 18kB RAM allow the addition of wireless stacks, more application features, richer graphical user interfaces (GUI) and...

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Recent Comments

  • readybrek: Anyone got a any recommendations for a budget-priced hot air station?
  • William: lol I'm happy to waste 3c for each program/debug cycle... but probably not the time spent soldering a new device down to a proto board!...
  • Joe Desbonnet: Ya, I can recommend the low melting point solder. I used brand 'ChipQuik' and it's amazingly easy to use.
  • Jerome: I need a new BusPirate for the Fablab ;) Many thanks!
  • Max: Seems like an unexpectedly violent way to remove the chip indeed. A hot air station should of course do the job just fine, but in...