Testing of two three-phase BLDC motor drivers

Kerry Wong writes: I was doing a project that needed a driver for hard disk spindle motors. While I could use a microcontroller to generate the required driving waveform sequence, keeping the waveform in sync with the motor rotation is actually quite tricky especially at higher rotation speeds. To ensure the correct timing sequence, a […]

Testing switch mode voltage regulators

Bajdi did some tests for switch mode voltage regulators: There are different types of DC-DC regulators. The most common are linear and switch mode regulators. Everyone that has tinkered with electronics has probably used a 78xx series linear regulator. They are easy to use since they don’t need any special components. With most linear regulators you […]

FT230X charger detection investigation

Baoshi writes: I bought some FT230X (FT230XS) USB-USART bridge chip recently for a new design.  FT230X is not only cheaper than the traditional FT232RL, but also offers a new fancy “USB charger detection” function. This interests me because I’m quickly running out of desk space and power socket. I wish the new device to be […]

FriedCircuits inline voltage/current tester board

Edouard gives us a preview of the new version of the in-line voltage/current tester board by FriedCircuits. He reports that the board is also compatible with the OLED Backpack (requires separate USB power source.) Via the contact form.

Microprocessor controlled 16 line connectivity tester

An ATmega32 based Proteus simulation of 16 line connectivity tester by Dilshan Jayakody: The main functionality of this system is to detect open and short circuits in cables and connectors. This system can test maximum of 16 lines in each test cycle and it indicate the defective line(s) through LCD. This is customizable system and user […]

ATtiny25 Basic VCO, RC oscillator overclocking and testing frequency pickup

Alex over at InsideGadgets has posted an article describing how he built an ATtiny25 voltage controller oscillator (VCO): I recently bought a Rigol DS1052E and have been playing around with the different functionality it has. Eventually I came to the point that I’d like to see what frequency does to various components and wanted to build […]

Testing the new reduced-sized ICSP connector

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.

A look at the Teensy 3.0 testbed of nails

SJaak refers us to this article by Paul Stoffregen about how they test new Teensy 3.0 boards using a “testbed of nails.” Essentially the Teensy 3.0 crew has developed this testing interface which gives them a way to test every new board by bringing it into contact with the test jig’s pins. The result is […]

Global Geek Shenzhen: USB microscope

We all bought one of these USB microscope at the SEG Market. We were immediately fond of the heavy base and the smooth adjustment of the camera. We bargained a bit and bought it for 260 RMB ($40), that’s half the cost of the same thing on eBay from another China seller. Some example shots […]

MicroCC microamp-range constant current source

MicroCC is a constant current source, but focused on the low current microamp range. It uses the Touchstone Semiconductor TSM6025 voltage reference, a drop in replacement for the MAX3025 with better than 15PPM stability. The TSM6025 used both as the reference voltage and regulator for a TS1001 op-amp (previously covered here) powered by a single 3volt CR2032 coin cell. […]

Review of the XC9572XL clone by Numato Lab

A few weeks ago Numato Lab ported our XC9572XL CPLD breakout board to KiCad. Hilipka got one of their assembled boards for free and wrote a review. its quite a nice board, feeld of high quality even included an oscillator the JTAG header is not labeled at all, making it difficult in the beginning I […]