Xykon writes to let us know about the new Atmel Tech on Tour events: During this hands-on training, you will learn how to lower the power of your system designs using Atmel microcontrollers (MCUs) in conjunction with our wireless and … Read more
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In house unit with bluetooth low energy module hardware user guide (PDF): This document describes the design details of the In House Unit (IHU) project. It will guide the user to know and start the design based on this IHU … Read more
Here’s an application note from Atmel: Using the WeX timer/counter extension (PDF!) This application note describes the various functions of the Waveform Extension (WeX) to Timer/Counter 4/5 available on the Atmel® XMEGA® E. It details the differences and improvements according … Read more
Here’s an application note from Atmel on microstrip layout techniques to get optimal RF performance from wireless ICs (PDF!) : Poor layout can seriously degrade wireless performance. This application note outlines practical microstrip layout techniques to connect wireless microcontrollers with … Read more
Here’s an application note from Atmel: ASF – USB Composite Device (PDF!) The aim of this document is to provide an easy way to integrate a USB composite device application on a new or existing project. This document is associated to … Read more
Here’s an application note from Atmel: USB High speed device mass storage on SD/MMC card with optional AES (PDF!) This application note is a description of a USB Mass Storage device, using High Speed USB for communication and a SD/MMC-card … Read more
Here’s an application note from Atmel on PCB mounting guidelines for surface mount devices. The article describes a multitude of tips on how to improve the reflow rate of production boards designed with SMT components.
“This application note describes the techniques to mitigate the issues caused by moisture in QTouch designs. (PDF!)” The basic conductive nature of water poses a great challenge to capacitive touch technology. This is aggravated by the varying salinity of water … Read more
Atmel AT01095: Joystick game controller reference design This document (PDF!) shows the implementation of a joystick game controller based on the Atmel ATxmega32A4U microcontroller. This design allows users to control the mouse cursor and simulate left/right clicks from a personal … Read more
Here is an open source ATmega325 development board designed by Dilshan. The board includes a crystal oscillator circuit for the MCU, a MAX232 serial driver, hardware reset button, and breakouts for all the MCU pins. This post is about simple … Read more
Atmel describes how to implement zero cross detection on an AVR. Zero cross detection is used to find the exact moment when a signal crosses from positive into negative, or vice-versa. This is useful in periodic AC signals as it … Read more
Atmel describes their DataFlash memory chips and how to interface with them: The DataFlash is perfectly suited for digital voice-, image-, code- and data-storage applications, especially where low power consumption is required. In these storage applications, the DataFlash’s small page … Read more
Atmel describes how to control an AVR chip from an Android device. This document introduces the Android Open Accessory Protocol for Atmel® microcontrollers. The library and examples are included in the Atmel AVR® Software Framework (ASF) to provide the customer … Read more
Here is an app note from Atmel describing how their TWI (I2C) peripheral, found in tinyAVRs, avoids SCL clock stretching. This application note describes a TWI slave driver for the ATtiny20 and ATtiny40. Aslave software driver is included. The application … Read more
Here is a reference design from Atmel designed to demonstrate the Qtouch capabilities of the ATtiny40 microcontroller. Only one pin, and a PCB pad is needed to make a capacitive touch button. The reference design is to demonstrate the capabilities … Read more
Brian built a digital saxophone emulator. A mic is used to detect the pressure blowing onto the mouthpiece, while buttons detect the notes selected. An Atmel breakout board generates the sound based on these two factors. Via Hacked Gadgets.
Here is an USB keyboard demonstration from Atmel. The document describes how to start, and design USB HID class keyboard applications on the STK525 starter kit.
Here is an app note from Atmel describing how build DIY touch keys using Philipp springs (or any spring made from conductive material) and their qTouch ICs. This design allows PTH LEDs to be mounted inside the keys. The Philipp™ … Read more
Power Stage Controllers drive transistors in applications like DC to DC converters, power factor correcting circuits, motor drivers, etc. Atmel describes the basics of their PSC equipped AVRs: This application note is an introduction to the use of the Power … Read more
The 2012 Atmel Robotics Contest (ARC) is currently underway. The contest is open to university students 18 years or older in North America, South America and Europe, and the goal is to develop a battery-powered 3D version of the Atmel … Read more