Latching power switch uses momentary-action pushbutton

Most inexpensive pushbutton switches, particularly pc-board-mounting and membrane types, have momentary action. Latching types are often larger and relatively expensive, and they frequently are unavailable in the style you'd like to use. You can thus have a problem if you need a small, inexpensive on/off switch for latching power to a load. The circuit in Figure 1 shows how you can use a simple, momentary-a ...

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Seven Segment Display Thermometer with PIC Microcontroller

The seven segment display is one of the most popular numeric displays used in many microcontroller applications because it’s cheap, robust and reliable. The seven segments actually consists of 8 LED (Light Emitting Diode) and it’s come with various sizes suitable for various numeric display application such as digital clock, counter, thermometer, humidity, etc. On this project we are going to show you how t ...

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Single transistor provides short-circuit protection

In certain dc/dc-converter applications, on-chip, cycle-by-cycle current limit may be insufficient protection to prevent a failure during a short circuit. A nonsynchronous boost converter provides a direct path from the input to the short circuit through the inductor and the catch diode. Regardless of current-limit protection in the IC, when a short circuit exists in the load, extremely high currents that f ...

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Introduction to Microchip PIC Assembler Language – Part 1

Learning the assembler language is one of the essential skills that still required in the embedded system, although the major drawback using the assembler language is; its required more learning curve time compared to the higher level language but once you acquainted with one type of microcontroller family such as 8-bit 8 pins Microchip PIC 12F683 then coding with assembly language to other type of PIC micr ...

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4 Channel RC Servo Controller Board

This PIC microcontroller based RC driver is able to control 4 RC Servo by on board independent 4 potentiometer , 4X3PIN header for RC servo interface, screw terminal for supply input, on board power LED, optional 4X3PIN header connector for external potentiometer. Features Microcontroller based design for greater flexibility and ease of control Individual servo controlled via onboard preset or external pote ...

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Building BRAM your first Autonomous Mobile Robot using Microchip PIC Microcontroller – Part 1

Have you ever thought that most of our perception about the robot is based on the Hollywood movie! The famous 3CPO and R2D2 from Star Wars until the little cute garbage compacting robot named WALL-E; all of these machines are example of our dreams or should I say our quest to what we all think about the robot should be. Although the robot that we are going to build here is still far away from the technologi ...

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Sensing current on the high side

As EDN's Design Ideas editor, I see a range of design submissions, from good, to not so good. A recent DI I turned down for several reasons included a high-side current sense circuit with implementation problems. This got me thinking about the different ways to accomplish current sensing on a voltage rail. At their heart, the majority of DC current sense circuits start with a resistance in a supply line (th ...

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Behavior Based Artificial Intelligent Mobile Robot with Sharp GP2D120 Distance Measuring Sensor – BRAM Part 2

What is the intelligent anyway; could we categories how the bees building their tiny hexagonal compound nest, ants searching for their food or birds migration using precision navigation over continental are the intelligent acts; or we as the human being with our cultures and civilizations is the only one that can be categories as the intelligent being? These kinds of question probably will not have satisfie ...

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Transient Resistive Switching Devices Made from Egg Albumen Dielectrics and Dissolvable Electrodes

†College of Information Science and Electronic Engineering and ∥Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China ‡ College of Information Science and Engineering, Fujian University of Technology, Fuzhou 350118, China § Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0HE, United Kingdom ⊥ Institute of Material Research & Innovati ...

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Introduction to the Embedded System with PICAXE Microcontroller

These days we are living and surrounding by many tiny computers called embedded products. Unlike the general purpose desktop computer that we use for browsing or typing our email, this tiny computer is designed to do only a limited specific task. We could easily found this embedded product just about anywhere such as home appliance (e.g. washing machine, refrigerator, microwave oven, TV/DVD), personal gadge ...

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