LPC213x development board

If you need simple LPC213x ARM microcontroller series test board you should try the one Ulrich Radig has constructed.   Board itself is simple but it covers all I/O that allows to cover all microcontroller functionality. Project files are available for download in Eagle CAD format. Continue reading

Dead reckoning robot platform

This is nice project made by Ibrahim Kamal. His aim was to create robot which navigates by using its position data log. The hardest thing was to record distance and turning angle because of these parameters depends how precise robot is manoeuvering from reference point.   Author provides really good theory analysis of dead reckoning process and how this was transferred to 89C52 microcontroller which counts encoder disc pulses for distance and controls steering motor which controls the angle of robot turning. Also all operation data is displayed on 2x16LCD module. Continue reading

Cascaded big 7 segment digits

If you need really big 7 segment LED display, you may want to build 6” size display modules that can be cascade connected in row up to eight digits.   Each module is controlled by PIC16F876A microcontroller and LEDs are driven by ULN2803 Darlington array chip, because one port needs to light 14 bright LEDs what consumes higher currents than port can handle. Project files and CCS C compiler example program are available for download. Continue reading

Simple 89S52 Project Board

Board has been developed by Wichit Sirichote. It can be used as general purpose development board for various project. For example author have used it for temperature, AC outlet, current measurements with additional current to voltage circuit connected to ADC input.   Board itself has 2x12bit ADC inputs, 4-digit seven segment LED indicator, connector for alphanumeric LCD, four switches, 16 I/O port pins for digital data communication and ISP adapter (89S series allows ISP programming). There are couple example programs like temperature sensor reading through ADC input. So it may be practical board to have or simply to learn 89S52 microcontrollers. Continue reading

GPS tracker prototype

Thomas Pfeifer decided to experiment with Tyco X1029-A-53 GPS module. He built a Atmega8 prototype board which reads GPS data and logs it to MMC/SD card every 1 second. So later data can be analysed on computer or simply put on top of the map (easy to do with Google map) to see the where did you go.   He made several experiments by driving with bicycle around around his place. In one of them he managed to draw his name on the map. Continue reading

Frequency counter up to 70MHz

Herbert Dingfelder known as DL5NEG among radio amateurs have constructed a microcontroller based frequency counter up to 70MHz.   Frequency counter can use prescalers what allows reading GHz with 10kHz resolution. Without prescaler device can measure frequency up to 70MHz with 10Hz resolution. I think this is very good what simple schematic can offer. Hex file is ready for download and can be flashed to Atmega16. Continue reading