Stand-alone inductance meter update

An update on Lukas’ stand-alone inductance meter project we covered previously: From a high-level point of view the new software is very similar to the Arduino sketch I wrote for the Inductance Meter Shield. If you look a bit closer, you’ll notice some differences for several reasons: This project uses an entirely different microcontroller: A PIC 16F1932 instead of […]

CMSIS Components used by mbed are now BSD Licensed

Viswa writes, “ARM and has released the components of CMSIS software under a permissive BSD license. CMSIS is common layer provided by ARM for accessing the core registers of ARM Cortex-M processor which inside Cortex-M MCUs. All Cortex-M MCU vendor make use of this library for the software drivers. This was until now under […]

PCBWeb – Free online PCB design software

Check out this new PCB design web application!  It’s a free browser-based CAD application for designing, the PCBWeb: A new PCB design web application was released this last week called PCBWeb. The website states that PCBWeb is a free browser-based CAD application for designing and manufacturing electronics hardware.  The tool is currently released in BETA and […]

PixelController software update

Michu updates us on his PixelController project, an OpenSource LED matrix controller software: This “Rough Cut” video shows new features of the upcoming 1.31 release. New features: -Wireless PixelInvaders Panels -OSC Generator: use Processing (or any tool you like) to send images to PixelController. I included some nice Processing code examples, like using your Android […]

EJTAGproxy: Use your PicKIT2 or PicKIT3 to connect PIC32s to the GNU Debugger

SergeV let us know about EJTAGproxy, a command line utility, that lets your PicKIT2 or PicKit3 act as a JTAG debugger for PIC32 MCUs. It’s a command-line utility, which connects GDB to ICSP port of pic32 via pickit2 or pickit3 scripting edition. A standard GDB remote serial protocol is implemented. It also can be used […]

Component Organizer source code released

A while back we posted about an app, Component Organizer, that helps you organize datasheets, and app notes connected to various parts you may be interested in. Yesterday Msr let us know that he has released the source code. You can download it at github. He also added a tutorial to help contributors get started. […]

MegunoLink tools talk to serial port devices

 MegunoLink is a utility to create a communication link between PCs and serial port devices such as the Arduino.  … useful tools that interact with an Arduino-style board (or other MCU with serial data). The software is called MegunoLink, from BlueLeafSoftware in New Zealand. Megunolink has many useful features, and we’ll run through them briefly […]

PixelController LED control software update

Michu made some improvements to the open source PixelController software. This app is intended to control various  light-show drivers such as the Art-Net, Mini-DMX, LPD6803 and Seeedstudio’s Rain­bow­duino. I’m updating my PixelController software and did some major updates like an integrated GUI, Color Sets etc. Take a look at the Screenshot, the code is on […]

Gerber preview software and usage summary

We asked what things you check before sending gerbers to the board house, and what your favorite gerber viewer is. Here is a compilation of your responses: Problems with the footprint, the solder pad is sometimes buried by mask. Drills outside board or flipped. CAM didn’t export expected silkscreen layers. Evaluating not only whether a […]

PixelController: Universal OpenSource light control solution

Pix­el­Con­troller is a real time video/VJ gen­er­a­tor and mixer with open source soft­ware developed by Michael. It generates images on a color matrix, as seen above on his PixelInvader panels. It supports many standards like Art-Net, Mini-DMX, LPD6803, and Seeedstudio’s Rain­bow­duino. Via the contact form.

JTAG debugging introduction and simulation

Henrik writes:  This seems like a clever open source project, you can order a free kit or build it yourself based on the FTDI chips. Free software to develop or educate yourself on jtag. goJTAG is the first university-driven open-source project aiming at providing a full package for a JTAG newcomer including training materials, slides […]

OpenBench Logic Sniffer release 3.08

A new software package v3.08 is available for the Logic Sniffer: OpenBench Logic Sniffer Release 3.08 is now available for download. Release 3.08 includes Jawi’s 0.9.4 client with the following changes: Numerous Bug Fixes Support for multiple “Sump” clients Via the forum. Get a Logic Sniffer for $50, with free worldwide shipping.