Posts Tagged ‘Hardware’

Direct Digital Synthesizer (DDS) (Part 7)

Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 A recent project lead me to excavate a quite old DDS design which may be of some interest for you. Instead of using a ladder of resistors, this design features a simple, cheap and yet powerful digital to analog converter. I will later explain why I choose this particular Microchip circuit but for now […]

PLD (Part 5)

Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 HL2 PLD may be used for safety applications too. In this configuration, the PLD is able to detect movements up to 7 m away within and almost 90° view angle. It features a PIR (Passive Infra Red) sensor from Panasonic. This sensors is available in different sizes depending on the required range; the enclosures […]

PLD (Part 3)

Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 The name PLD stands for “Place and Leave Device”. The original design is big enough to encapsulate its power reserve, the radio module, an arduino ™ microcontroller which will run your own code, and connectors for programming, debugging or plugging sensors. The radio module features the HL2 stack which handles data in terms of […]

PLD (Part 1)

Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Dear arduinoos followers, You may wonder why the production line of arduinoos went to a stall along the last weeks… Holidays ? Well it sounds reasonable and logical, however except for a few days of leave here and there (actually in Lyon, Annecy, Saint Martin des Baleines and Val-Andre) during summer time this is not […]

Wire as you think

I was used to build my prototypes on strip-boards, burning my fingers, loosing my nerves and making many wiring mistakes because of the mirroring effect. And then came the illumination ! As I was visiting the R&D plant of my former division in Palo-Alto I observed engineers using breadboards to design yet pretty sophisticated devices. […]

DC motors (Part 3)

Part 1, 2, 3 Now that we managed to get rid of (most of) the spike generated by the opening the supply line of the motor, let’s look at this plateau which happens just after the spike. From the pictures in the previous post, we have been able to observe that the voltage of this […]

DC-motors (Part 1)

Part 1, 2, 3 DC-motors are every where in many form factors, many performances and configurations. The aim of this series of posts is not to cover all aspects of DC-motors as there are so many publications available, most of them being of excellent quality. Firstly, I will concentrate on the most common brushed DC-motors . Next […]

Last minute Xmas present… a storage box!

Time for tidying up my bench ! As electronic components are getting smaller and smaller, the need for suitable storage boxes emerges. Here is the description of an original storage cupboard that I designed for SMDs as well as for very small mechanical parts such as watches spare parts. Here is the picture captured from FreeCad that I […]

Stepper Motors (Part 7)

Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 This post is about driving stepper motors. In the previous posts I described the various components involved in motorized assemblies featuring stepper motors. However, putting all these nuts and bolts together may lead to unexpected results. In my case, these defects where related to the use of […]

User Interface (Part 5)

Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 I brought several improvements since the introduction of the early design of a simplified however yet powerful human interface. Among them the possibility to display variables that the user can change and variables or constants that the user cannot change. Thus the introduction of a new set of menu types: /* Menu types */ […]