Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Crownhill Associates - Proton Development Suite

Proton BASIC Compiler Development Suite and supporting Hardware development platforms. Proton Basic and the supporting hardware is for use with PIC microcontrollers.These development systems even extend to Ethernet and Wi-Fi.

Proton BASIC Compiler Development Suite

Proton IDE is a professional and powerful visual Integrated Development Environment (IDE) which has been designed specifically for the Proton Plus compiler. Proton IDE accelerates product development in a comfortable user environment without compromising performance, flexibility or control.

Proton Net - Networking for PIC microcontrollers.

Proton Net - Networking for PIC microcontrollers.

The PROTON-NET development system is an Internet/Ethernet prototyping board using the PIC® 16F877 microcontroller and Networking Firmware. The firmware was developed for the Crownhill Proton-Net board by Jeremy Bentham of Iosoft Ltd. based on the principles demonstrated in his book TCP/IP Lean: Web Servers for Embedded Systems.

Crownhill Associates Ltd.

Crownhill's offices and R&D facilities are based 15 miles north of Cambridge City, England, just outside of the small city of Ely. Our facility is located in a rural setting, in the heart of the Fen Land...

They manufacture and sell PIC microcontroller Development tools, such as the Proton Development Board and the Proton Development Suite designed for PIC BASIC code development.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Electric Double Layer Capacitor - EDLC

The Electric double layer capacitor has the main use of a Charge Reservoir. That means a large amount of electrical charge in a small footprint.

These charge/discharge quickly unlike the battery, There is no Electrical Energy to Chemical Energy Transformation and back, like in batteries. It may need caution in design and usage as they may carry a lot of punch.

Also known as Ultracap, Goldcap, Supercap - Electric double layer capacitor, In Farads, like batteries, Energy Reservoirs or eFlywheel.

In Product Safety terms; The Battery has a Internal Resistance, but a Supercap does not. When used in Values like 100F and is fully charged, an Internal or External Breakdown of Insulation or Short Circuit may Occur. The Heat Generated is Enormous. Murphy's Law says such things happen..

Supercap at Wikipedia

Electric Double Layer Capacitor (EDLC) or SuperCapacitor

DLCAP - Electric Double Layer Capacitor - Nippon

They have a range of Supercapacitors upto 2500F at 2.5V and Modules like 400F and 15V. There are two types Prismatic and Cylindrical. In comparison to batteries - multi-million cycles of charge-discharge is possible.

EverCAP - Double Layer Capacitors - Nichicon

They have two types, High Power Density for a large current discharge. High Energy Density for a long backup time. Over a million Charge/Discharge cycles. High Efficiency. Capable of fully discharging to zero volts.

Some things to note for a design engineer. The EDLC or Electric Double Layer Capacitors ...
  • Specified Endurance and end of life.
  • Excess Vibration can alter Specs.
  • Caution - The maximum temperature.
  • Specs are dependent on Temperature.
  • Maintain Low ripple current on Charge/Discharge.
  • It is Polarized like a Electrolytic cap.
  • Not Hot parts or Heatsink near cap.
The Double Layer Capacitors developed by WIMA are storage capacitors with highest capacitance values in the Farad range.

GTO Capacitors - WIMA

They are among others suited to serve as batteries, can deliver considerably higher currents for a short time, however, and are maintenance free.

SuperCapacitors - WIMA

These EDLC supercap has one-tenth of energy, but delivers over 10 times of power due to ultra low ESR. In Comparison with a Battery. A Lifetime of over 500,000 cycles.

Xelled Supercapacitor - Vinatech

Some Specs
  • Rating 2.5V / 2.7V
  • High power density (low internal resistance)
  • High electrical current, instant power back-up applied

Read more about Supercapacitors.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Raisonance Embedded Development Tools

Embedded Development Tools Software like C Compiler, Debugger and Hardware like Emulators, Programmers and Evaluations Boards for microcontrollers.

Raisonance Embedded Development Tools

Complete range of innovative, proven tools for application development on a wide and growing range of microcontrollers from 8- to 32-bit:

Open4-LAB Standalone Programmer & Application Monitor

Software / Hardware kit for using the Open4 base to monitor application execution and program target MCUs without a PC connectionr

Open4-LAB

Open4-LAB is a complete software and hardware solution that allows users to take advantage of Open4 portability and advanced user interface to either monitor application variables and addresses during execution or program target MCUs without being connected to a PC.

Updated Aug 2013