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Rapid development board for PIC12F series microcontrollers

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Here's Embedded Lab's new development board for PIC12F series microcontrollers: The 12F series of PIC microcontrollers are handy little 8-pin devices designed for small embedded applications that do not require too many I/O resources, and where small size is advantageous. These applications include a wide range of everyday products such as...

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Micro Python: Python for microcontrollers

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Torsten came across an interesting project on Kickstarter called Micro Python by Damien George.  He writes: It has some very nice new design ideas as well as a totally new way of dealing with uC. I often do prototyping of a certain algorithm in python because it is very easy to debug and test. After that,...

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App note: Low-power design guide

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

An application note from Microchip:  Lowering power consumption on PIC microcontrollers Low-power applications represent a significant portion of the future market for embedded systems. Every year, more designers are required to make designs portable, wireless and energy efficient. This document seeks to simplify the transition to low-power applications by providing...

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Espruino JavaScript interpreter for low power ARM Microcontrollers

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

[embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WP2Wo2_RVgo [/embed] Gordon writes in about Espruino, a JavaScript interpreter for Microcontrollers: Espruino is a JavaScript Interpreter for low power ARM Microcontrollers (MCUs) All you need is a serial terminal, and you can program interactively with high level language features like Maps, Objects, and Garbage Collection. Espruino is currently available for OLIMEXINO-STM32,...

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Posted in ARM | 6 Comments »

Atmel AVR042: AVR hardware design considerations

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

This app note discusses common problems encountered when starting designs involving AVR  microcontrollers: This application note has been written to provide answers to some of the questions and problems faced when starting designs involving Atmel®AVR® microcontrollers. The application note treats topics that are known to cause problems. The scope is...

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Cornell online courses: Designing with Microcontrollers and FPGAs

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Bruce Land writes: I teach two courses at Cornell University in Electrical and computer engineering. Recently I have uploaded a full set of lectures for each course to YouTubeEDU. The lectures have comments which link to lab exercises and other supporting Materials. There is a general YouTube channel for these...

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Posted in FPGA, Videos | No Comments »

TI debuts Stellaris LM4F120 LaunchPad for $4.99 USD

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Texas Instrument just released the Stellaris LaunchPad for sale for less then $5. It's a LaunchPad series development board based around the Cortex M4 Stellaris family of digital signal processors. The Stellaris LaunchPad is the latest addition to the Texas Instruments LaunchPad ecosystem, an innovative portfolio of low-price evaluation kits...

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Posted in ARM, News | 4 Comments »

Library supports all PIC hardware peripherals, ported to the Web Platform

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

The Web Platform is now supported by the PIC24 library collection of examples and functions for working with PIC24 hardware peripherals. It features a getting started guide, a library with lots of useful functions, and a simple event driven operating system. The PIC24 support library supports all the major subsystems...

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Setting up UARTs on several micros

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Brian from teho Labs wrote a tutorial on how to setup serial UART communication on various microcontrollers. UART code examples for the Arduino, ATMEGA168, MSP430, STM32, and LM3S are provided. From his nice writeup it is easy to see why the Arduino is so popular. Being a library based platform,...

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NXP Cortex-M0 microcontrollers in TSSOP and SO packages

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

NXP Semiconductors announced a new 32bit Cortex M0 microcontroller in low-pin-count packages. SOIC, TSSOP, and DIP versions are currently available for their LPC111x devices. With Microchip also planing to release their PIC32 devices in similar packages, hobbyists will now have a choice of 32bit uCs in DIY friendly packages. Via...

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Posted in ARM, components | 4 Comments »

App note: Implementing PID on PIC18 microcontrollers

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

PID is implemented when a precise way is needed to drive an external device that provides feedback. Heaters with temperature sensors, and servo motors are examples where PID is used. This app note by Microchip gives instructions how to implement PID control in PIC18 projects. Basic terms are explained inside...

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Free STM32F4 discovery kit in US/Canada

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Martino tipped us to a free STM32F4 discovery kit giveaway. If you're in the US or Canada please let us know if it works. i see a banner (bottom left) that says "Get a FREE STM32F4 discovery kit - limited promotion in USA/Canada". Via the contact form.

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Hacking hardware chips

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Ever wonder what's inside an unassuming black microchip? octal tipped us to the FlyLogic Engineering blog with illustrated chip internals. Via the forum.

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Microcontroller quick start schematics release package v1

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Over the last few weeks we did a massive cleanup and reorganization of our SVN code repository. Most projects now follow a standard directory structure. All our in-progress and stalled project files are now completely open and available to anyone. We also included all the manufacturing resources used to initiate...

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MAXQ1004 1-Wire and SPI Authentication Microcontroller

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

rsdio tipped us to some interesting parts and application notes: MAXQ1004  a 1-Wire and SPI Authentication Microcontroller. Secure Your Application and Save Your Battery with an Authentication Micro That Consumes Only 300nA in Stop Mode Protects your investment with government-grade AES encryption Easily add authentication to your application using one...

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Posted in app notes | 2 Comments »

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