A Remotely Programable Relay Controller (Christmas Lights or Home Automation Controller)

What was that?  A Whats-a-Maja-Thimagig? Yep - One of those!  This Instructable extends my Arduino Ethernet controller to control a set of up to 6 relays, but that's not the neat bit.  The neat bit is that there is a web based state machine in the AtMega chip so that the relays will operate in whatever sequence with whatever timing you want - all by themselves. This allows you to have a set of relays connec ...

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App note: Low cost I2C level translator

This applications note discusses a low-cost circuit for I2C level translation. This circuit was developed for the Si701x, Si702x, and Si703x humidity sensors but will work in many applications. This circuit provides I2C level translation from a higher voltage supply, such as 5 V, to a lower voltage, supply such as 1.8 or 3.3 V. In addition, the optional emitter follower circuit provides a low-voltage power ...

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TraId – Transistor type & pinout identifier

I've been a bit busy the last couple of weeks but I've now finished my 22'nd Project A Week. Maybe I have to change the name to PAAW instead (Project Almost A Week) ^_^ TraId is a really low cost version of the Part Ninja. It's made to only identify the pinout and type (NPN/PNP) of a transistor and display the results on eight LEDs. Currently the firmware only handles BJTs but I think FETs should be possibl ...

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Generating PWM with PIC Microcontroller using CCP Module

PWM is a technique used to generate analog output signal using digital signals. It is commonly used to control average power delivered to a load, motor speed control, generating analog voltage levels and for generating analog waveforms. CCP Modules are available with a number of PIC Microcontrollers. CCP stands for Capture/Compare/PWM. Using PWM module is far more easier and cost effective than using extra ...

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Fastest 18-Bit SAR ADC unveiled

The AD7960 is an 18-bit, 5 MSPS charge redistribution successive approximation (SAR), analog-to-digital converter (ADC). The SAR architecture allows unmatched performance both in noise and in linearity. The AD7960 contains a low power, high speed, 18-bit sampling ADC, an internal conversion clock and an internal reference buffer. On the CNV± edge, the AD7960 samples the voltage difference between the IN+ an ...

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How to use inbuilt EEPROM of PIC18F4550 Microcontroller

The EEPROM (ELECTRICALLY ERASABLE PROGRAMMABLE READ ONLY MEMORY) is a very useful memory which can be used for storing data. The data storing and retrieving from any EEPROM memory is very simple compared to other kind of memories. As the name suggest the memory is electrically programmable and hence the data will be sustained in the memory until it is electrically erased or reprogrammed. There are lots of E ...

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Linear Tech aims wide range mixer at basestations

Description The LTC®5551 is a 2.5V to 3.6V mixer optimized for RF downconverting mixer applications that require very high dynamic range. The LTC5551 covers the 300MHz to 3.5GHz RF Frequency range with LO frequency range of 200MHz to 3.5GHz. The LTC5551 provides very high IIP3 and P1dB with low power consumption. A typical application is a basestation receiver covering 700MHz to 2.7GHz frequency range. The ...

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Tiny and cheap lab generator

Function generator is a rely useful tool in the lab, a simple version can be build at home, there's a lot of examples on the Internet, some are much more complex and powerful, but this one is intended to be really simple and cheap. It can be also built-in in some bigger projects that also requires a generator. The generator can output (only) square signal with adjusted frequency and pulse width. The amplitu ...

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Weather meter using PIC 16F877 Microcontroller

Weather monitoring systems are available in plenty and these are pretty handy gadgets we use in our daily life for weather forecasting and other purposes. But these kinda gadgets might be expensive and may not be available for customization to our specified purpose. To overcome these advantages you can build this customized weather meter using PIC microcontroller which won’t cost much like those gadgets. Th ...

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3D magnetic sensor from Infineon

Infineon will have engineering samples of a 3D magnetic sensor in July. Called TLV493D-A1B6 performs magnetic field detection in x, y, and z direction allowing the sensor to measure 3D linear and rotation movements. The digital I²C interface enables bidirectional communication between sensor and microcontroller.The sensor is for consumer and industrial applications that require 3D measurements or angular me ...

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