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New Energia 17 release brings SensorTag, Red Bear CC3200 And F28069M support

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

The Energia team announces the availability of version 0101E0017.  We wrote about it previously: A new version of Energia has been released. This version fixes alot of bugs from the previous version and also adds support for the following: Support for three new boards have been added added: - CC2650 based...

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DPA library for MCU

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Ondřej Karas writes: A few months ago, I published post about DPA .NET Class. This article describes simple, but effective library used for DPA handling by MCU (UART interface). Published library is independent on the MCU family, but it was written for 32-bit ARM processors with Cortex-M3 core and GNU...

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2015 Release Candidate Branch And RC1

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Kicad announce 2015 Release Candidate 4.0.0 RC1: We are pleased to announce that KiCad has finally made a 2015 release branch. The 2015 stable release of KiCad will start from version 4.0.0. Currently we are in the release candidate phase and as such BZR 6188 is now known as 4.0.0...

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Software Spectrum Analyzer for the Rigol 1000 series oscilloscopes

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

rheslip writes: I came up with this idea after seeing Farhan Ashar's spectrum analyzer design which uses some of the same bits and pieces I used in the Simple Scalar Network Analyzer. Farhan's is a classic heterodyne SA design - the addition of mixers and filters in front of the...

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MQTT/JQUERY/WebSockets controller

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Peter Scargill writes: I wrote a while ago about using web sockets as against something like NETIO for controlling the home – most folk liked the article but I think part of it was a little complicated – and at the time I’d not really thought it out to make...

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ChainringGen – making a chainring with open source software

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Rich Olson writes: ChainringGen is an OpenSCAD script I wrote that can generate a bike chainring with any specifications you like. You can download ChainringGen here.  You can control parameters like bolt-circle-diameter (BCD), number of bolt holes, number of teeth and other stuff. I primarily created ChainringGen because I thought...

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Wireless Dallas iButton reader

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Ondřej Karas writes: This article describes simple wireless Dallas one-wire device ROM reader. It is intended as a base code for some more sophisticated access control system. We try some kind of access system in followings articles. Now, we are going to read 1-wire ROM code. We use DDC-SE-01-dallas.c from...

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Android flight tracker uses ADSB data from RTL-SDR

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Nikos has developed an Android app which works with the RTL-SDR dongle to demodulate the ADSB signal from aircraft and overlays the position of the aircraft on a high resolution offline map. So the user can use the App without Internet connectivity, on board an aircraft in real time! Nikos'...

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Serial terminal view in Eclipse Luna

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Erich  writes: I’m using mostly an external terminal program like Termite. But it is a very useful thing to have a terminal view in Eclipse so I do not need to switch to another application. All what is needed is the installation of a plugin plus the RXTX (at least...

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BoardMerge Python tool merges Eagle PDFsfiles

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Rohit Gupta has written a Python command line tool to merge several PDFs generated by Eagle into one for easier printing when using toner transfer method. He calls is BoardMerge and you can download it from Rohit's website. Via the contact form.

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YOUSDR remote RTL-SDR software

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Sixuniform has released YOUSDR v0.1 Alpha, an RTL-SDR webinterface for Raspian / Raspberry Pi. This is a web-wrapper for the rtl-sdr softwares. Currently it commands rtl_fm, rtl_tcp and dump1090. The software can be downloaded from its GitHub. The instructions on the GitHub page show how to set it up on...

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New Energia version available

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

  The Energia team announces the availability of version 0101E0015: The Energia team is very happy to announce the release of Energia 15. This release aside from bug fixes adds support for the new Texas Instruments ARM Cortex M4F based MSP432 LaunchPad. This time around it’s a bit different though....

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Embrio tutorial – Custom Arduino nodes

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

A followup to the Embrio - a visual programming environment for Arduino post.  Ezra Schwartz, maker of Embrio, just posted a new version of the software with better functionality for writing Arduino code right into a visual node: Embrio lets you create the logic and structure of your programs with it's powerful...

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DipTrace export settings for Dirty PCB

Monday, March 9th, 2015

As a follow up to the PCB layout design with DipTrace post, KF5OBS blogged about on  how to set-up DipTrace to export a PCB layout correctly for Dirty PCB: Dirty PCB offers – as the name implies – dirt cheap PCB manufacturing. The trick is a very low profile and a...

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PCB layout design with DipTrace – An overview

Friday, March 6th, 2015

KF5OBS writes: DipTrace is a sophisticated schematic and PCB layout software. I had it installed on my computer for over a year but have never really used it. Since I needed a super simple PCB for some 78XX / 79XX type linear regulators, I decided to use this opportunity for...

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Posted in PCBs, software | 4 Comments »

STM32CubeMX GCC Makefile project

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Baoshi writes: Writing peripheral initialization code is probably the most tedious work in embedded development. It always successfully stops me from starting a new project. I believe engineers at STMicroelectronics share the same pain. Therefore they created STM32Cube firmware and STM32CubeMX graphical configuration tool, which turns numerous key strokes and...

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Teensy SDR project

Monday, February 9th, 2015

rheslip made this Teensy SDR project, that is available at Github: I managed to get the Teensy SDR in an enclosure over the Christmas holidays - now its starting to look like a radio! The enclosure is a plastic Hammond. Front and rear panels are PCB material and I added...

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Single Cell Software frees Korg Volca Sample from iOS chains

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

If you experiment with electronic music, you've probably heard of Korg's latest addition to their Volca line known as the Volca Sample. The volca sample is a sample sequencer that lets you edit and sequence up to 100 sample sounds in real time. It lets you recreate the characteristics of...

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Chrome RTL-SDR receiver app updated

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

When it comes to the RTL-SDR dongle, there's an app for that! (At least a Chrome app.) The Chrome app store has the updated RTL-SDR Radio Receiver app available for download. It's free and open source and is written 100% in Javascript. "Receive and listen to FM and AM radio...

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Viewing a VHS tape using RTL-SDR and TV Sharp software

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Here's a different and unconventional way to view a VHS tape (as if VHS tapes aren't considered unusual enough today). DogsRNiceMineCraft posted this video on YouTube showing video received using an RTL-SDR dongle. I got a VCR today and wanted to see if I could receive the signal from the...

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