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 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

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Learn about Solid State Relays - SSR

Electromagnetic Relays - 

NO - Normally Open - when the relay is not energized or activated, this terminal is open-circuit.

NC - Normally Closed - when the relay is not energized or activated, this terminal is closed circuit.

COM - The Common Center Terminal in relays. This is the center terminal that closes circuit with NC-NO.

The terminals are potential free and floating and are insulated from the control signals or coil windings by many kilo volts. Many provide visible isolation. These terms apply to SSR or Big Contacters too.
    Solid State Relays

    Solid State Relays - SSR

    Solid State Relays - SSR

    They are called SSR as there are made of semiconductors and have no moving parts to wear out. They do generate heat depending on load and switching. Thyristors are used in most as they are rugged, mosfets and IGBT may also be used for various applications.

    In this section you will find SSR designs and PCB layouts which you can study. These were made and sold by me years ago. So the PCB layouts have gone thru some revisions and they worked quite well.

    Applications -

    Many machines and equipment use some SSRs in their products which may need replacement. So the SSR is not only sold to OEMs but also to Service-Maintenance Market. These are also modified as Output Modules for digital outputs coming from embedded systems or Computers.

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

    Analog Op-Amp Interactive Tutors

    I have made some Web Widgets, these are analog opamp tutors. Interactive Tutorial with Simulated Meters and Potentiometers, demonstrating how Operational Amplifier functions in different configurations.

    Interactive Tutorials using Virtual Electronic Components 

    Slide the Potentiometers just like you would operate a Sliding Control. Drag the Knob on Pot to increase or decrease the resistance. The Resistance is shown is blue letters and dynamically alters value as you slide the pot.

    The mV Source is varied by just moving mouse pointer over the two buttons, no clicking. This reduces finger strain and also you have a long lasting mouse. The mV buttons are special, the variation picks up speed if you let the mouse pointer remain on the button. This is Ramp-up and Ramp-down. This enables you to set it faster with just two buttons.

    Finally you have a DVM a Digital Volt Meter that just Displays the Voltage at any Point, this readout value has to be noted down.

    Analog Electronics Tutorials
    If you wish to examine the code - Analog Tutorials Project Page.

    Monday, August 12, 2013

    MunEDA - Enhance Design Performance

    They provide solutions in EDA that simplify the circuit design process and enhance the Performance/Yield. They provide the technology for analysis and optimization of yield and performance of analog, mixed-signal and digital designs.

    MunEDA - Enhance Design Performance

    MunEDA WiCkeD tools are seamlessly integrated into the main industrial standard simulation environments and design frameworks but also support customer specific inhouse simulators and designflows.

    BAS - Basic and Sensitivity Analysis

    "WiCkeD Basic delivers a powerful basic feature compilation to enable the circuit designer to do enhanced topology analysis, constraint setup and management as well as different analysis types for circuit performance, parameter sensitivity and correlation."

    BAS - Basic & Sensitivity Analysis

    MunEDA GmbH
    Stefan-George-Ring 29 81929 Munich, Germany

    Friday, July 26, 2013

    Meridian CDC from Real Intent EDA

    Meridian CDC is the fastest, highest capacity and most precise CDC solution in the market. It performs comprehensive structural and functional analysis to ensure that signals crossing asynchronous clock domains on ASIC, or FPGA devices are received reliably.

    Meridian CDC from Real Intent EDA

    Meridian CDC from Real Intent EDA

    Meridian CDC is the only integrated solution in the industry that combines automatic CDC intent analysis and metastabilityaware formal analysis. Meridian CDC’s superior technology allows designers to use all of these strategies to guarantee complete CDC correctness.

    Real Intent’s EDA software Helps accelerate early functional verification and advanced sign-off of integrated circuit designs. Solutions include comprehensive CDC verification and advanced RTL analysis.

    Real Intent, Inc.
    990 Almanor Avenue, Suite 220 Sunnyvale, CA 94085

    Sunday, July 21, 2013

    NICHIA - Semiconductors and Materials

    "Japanese chemical engineering and manufacturing company, headquartered in Tokushima, Japan"
    Specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of phosphors, including light-emitting diodes (LEDs), battery materials and calcium chloride.

    NICHIA - Semiconductors and Materials

    Products include Ultraviolet LEDs (UV-LEDs), Light Emitting Diode (InGaN LED), LASER DIODEs and Compound Semiconductor Materials. Fine Chemicals and Special Materials for electronic component manufacture.
    Nichia 219 white LED
    "Nichia 219 white LED offers typical 140 lumen output at 1 W input power with 5,000 K color temperature. Using a uniformly phosphor coated chip, Nichia 219 has the industry leading source brightness and tightest optical footprint. The spatial color uniformity is also optimized with Nichia's leading phosphor technology. At 350 mA drive current, the typical forward voltage is only 3.0 V. Additionally, this package is capable of drive currents up to 1.5 A."

    Light Emitting Diode - InGan LED NICHIA

    Shuji Nakamura's invention of the first high brightness blue-light LED, which was based on gallium nitride lead to the LED Lighting Phenomena.

    Monday, July 15, 2013

    IAR Systems - Embedded Systems Tools

    Software tools for embedded systems, Like C/C++ compilers and debuggers, State machine tools, RTOS, TCP/IP and USB stacks; for 8, 16, and 32-bit microcontrollers. Helps in developing professional products in the areas of industrial automation, medical devices and automotive products.

    IAR Systems - Embedded Systems Tools

    IAR Systems provides completely integrated kits for development of embedded applications based on ARM, 8051, ColdFire, R8C/M16C/M32C and AVR32.

    IAR Systems AB
    Strandbodgatan 1 Uppsala Sweden

    Monday, June 17, 2013

    Arduino Interfacing with Visual Basic

    I have tried VB2 and VB6. It is an easy environment for Hardware Engineers or Hobbyists to program. It means easy to code unlike C++. Programs made with the new VB may not be compact or fast; but as it runs on a Virtual DotNet Machine and is bug-safe and may not hang/boot too. The DotNet was MS answer to Java of Sun. Even Java is a simple language and it seems to be lighter too. DotNet of late has become a bigger download, more than 10 times the size it started with.

    MS can try Visual Basic Webapp on the Cloud using HTML5. Even remotely hosted DotNet is better, with the VB Apps as Web Applications using DotNet WebService. Then nothing to download, neither the update or the security fixes. Just provide something like jQuery for DotNet. Web VB would be a better thing for developers.

    Its possible, i have collected many WebApps here, Dact Apps for an Engineer or Hobbyist

    Arduino is a QuickStart Embedded system, very useful in learning both the hardware and software elements of a system.

    From what i understand, the developed app can be burned into the device fully, no additional layer of OS or Firmware needed, It is all built in. In short the compiled binary can be either a stand-alone firmware(OS) or be a layer running over a Mobile OS.

    Now putting Ardunio and VB together, we get an Hardware/Software Environment that is easy on students and hobbyists too.

    Fermata written by Andrew Craigie

    Fermata written by Andrew Craigie

    Firmata is a generic protocol for communicating with microcontrollers from software on a host computer. It is intended to work with any host computer software package. See more examples ….

     Stevens Temperature Display
    Arduino - Simple temperature monitor also see Visual C++ and Arduino

    "Then for those that liked Java, He gave the Processing

    thenceforward, the Inspired People made many Large Sketches and the Globe Glowed like Warm White LED Lamp"

    Processing is an IDE. It can also be used in Android mode, for that you will need Android SDK Installed.

    See this Steven's Temperature Display and this Serial Comm using Processing. This compiles Java exe and Jar Applets. It can create programs for Windows, Linux and Mac.

    Monday, May 13, 2013

    Newport - Photonics Technology

    "Industry-Leading Solutions for the Photovoltaic, Semiconductor and Microelectonics Markets. Newport is a pioneering single-source solutions provider of laser and photonics components..."

    Newport - Photonics Technology

    The Model F-FPK Fiber Preparation Kit consists of a leather storage case filled with a variety of tools required to prepare a fiber for cleaving, splicing or connector termination including: a fiber jacket stripping tool, Kevlar Shears and five fiber coating strippers for a variety of popular fiber diameters.

    Fiber Preparation Kit

    (Communication and RF Wireless is incomplete without Fiber Optics. Both RF and Optics are important in the Rapid transfer of Voice, Data or Media...My own experience in Fiber Optics is limited to one product Fiber Scout of Tektronix)

    Thursday, May 09, 2013

    Epec Engineered Technologies

    Leading provider of printed circuit boards, flex and rigid-flex circuits, membrane switches, graphic overlays, silicone rubber products, and custom battery packs.

    Epec Engineered Technologies

    "Epec Engineered Technologies designs and manufactures customized, built-to-print, performance-critical products for all sectors of the electronics industry."

    Epec Engineered Technologies
    "As a high reliability replacement for wire and wire harness assemblies, flex circuits provide a significant cost savings with no reduction in performance."

    Membrane switches can be designed to meet specific performance and graphic needs.

    Industry's leading supply chain platform and technology team, with Epec UL certified manufacturing operations in Shenzhen, Taipei, and North America.

    Epec Engineered Technologies
    174 Duchaine Blvd. New Bedford, MA 02745, USA

    Wednesday, May 01, 2013

    Sun Equipment Corporation - Training Systems

    Sun Equipment Corporation - Training Systems

    Kits and Custom Equipment Developer/Provider for Training and Industry, Engineering design and Development Lab Support.

    Digital Signal Processing Control Lab

    Digital Signal Processing Control Lab: DSP-59000

    Dual processors (TMS-320C5416 & TMS-320LF2407). Built-in audio/video, MP3, Ethernet, Keypad, RS-232/RS-485, temperature control, function generator, PWM , experiment modules

    ispPAC20 Programmable Analog IC Development Lab

    Design, simulate, program, print, check and verify ispPAC-20 IC programs through the printer port

    ispPAC20 Programmable Analog IC Development Lab

    Built-in modules include input bias, microphone, amplifier, decay, adder, substractor, integration, filter, band width control, bridge and temperature sensor, VCO, PWM, Delta-Sigma modulation, D/A converter, widow comparator, absolute-value circuit, Voltage monitor, temperature monitor, light measurement, current transmit interface, feedback control of voltage and current, analog multiplexer, SPI control and etc.

    Sun Equipment Corporation
    1352 S. Grove Ave., Suite A, Ontario, CA 91761, USA.

    Thursday, April 25, 2013

    CSMicro Systems -Microcontroller Development

    Arduino and PIC Development Kits, Interface Boards, Parts and Tools to complete your Embedded System Project. They also offer product design and software development services.

    CSMicro Systems -Microcontroller Development

    LAB-XUSB Experimenter Board

    It contains the circuitry required by the PIC MCU to operate: 5-volt power supply, oscillator, reset circuit, as well as additional application circuits. Switches, potentiometers, LEDs, LCD module, RS232, USB, speaker and a prototyping area for experimentation are integrated.

    Examples provided with kit - Calculator, LCD clock, digital thermometer, LCD backpack, data logger, etc.

    CSMicro Systems
    748 South Meadows Parkway, Ste. A9-214, Reno NV, 89521 USA

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    Rugged Circuits - Design Service

    Design and Manufacturing Service for Industrial Embedded Systems for Robust Requirements. Services include component selection, PCB design, prototyping, manufacturing, and distribution.

    Rugged Circuits - Design Service

    Rugged Circuits - Design Service

    Custom control system for an industrial machine

    Triple RS485 outputs, graphic LCD display interface with dimmable backlight, 4x4 keypad interface, real-time clock, 8 discrete and protected I/O's, and in-the-field firmware upgrades over USB.

    They also have a estore with products related to Ruggeduino (Rugged+Arduino ), including components, kits, Shields. The products like Rugged Motor Driver and Yellowjacket a WiFi microcontroller module, need special mention.

    Rugged Circuits LLC
    Wayland, Michigan 49348

    Monday, April 22, 2013

    OsciPrime - Android Oscilloscope and Data Acquisition

    OsciPrime is an Open Source Android high speed data acquisition hardware platform and Android oscilloscope application. All layers of the project - from hardware, to firmware, up to software - are well documented in great detail.

     Measure: Voltage, Freq, Time - and also - Run/Stop data acquisition

    OsciPrime - Android Oscilloscope and Data Acquisition

    The hardware consists of two parts: the analogue front-end where a signal is tapped and adjusted for the A/D conerters and a digital front-end where the data is quantified and prepared for USB transmission. Key components are a Xilinx Coolrunner CPLD and a Cypress FX2 microcontroller.

    OsciPrime Android Oscilloscope

    Using USB, the hardware plugs into Android devices that support USB Host. Together with the OsciPrime Android oscilloscope application it turns a tablet or mobile phone into a high speed data acquisition system.

    OsciPrime Android App

    • 2x Analogue Input @ 8bit/6Msps
    • 5 analogue gain levels
    • 3.3 MHz - 8.0 MHz Bandwidth (gain dependant)
    • Range +/- 1.5 V up to +/- 16 V
    • 5 us/Div max - 1 ms/Div min
    • V-Offset, Time-Offset, Calibration
    • Trigger Falling/Rising Edge, CH1/CH2

    Thursday, March 14, 2013

    PMC-Sierra - Broadband - Storage

    "PMC-Sierra is a global provider of broadband communications and storage ICs for access, metro, wireless infrastructure, enterprise and customer premises equipment."

    WiMAX RF ICs, Wireless Infrastructure and Enterprise Storage Solutions.Optical Networking Products.

    PMC-Sierra - Broadband - Storage

    WP3 or WinPath3
    Third generation family of communication processors provided with carrier-class IP protocol and interworking software.Extensive set of interfaces support IP up to 10 GbE and TDM/SDH up to OC 48 unchannelized or OC 24 channelized.

    WP3 or WinPath3

    WinPath3 Third Generation Access Network Processor

    WDS3 are offered standalone and in standard ATCA form factors, so they can be used with any ATCA chassis. These boards are available with various I/O options and adapter cards to provide equivalent configurations for a range of applications.

    PMC-Sierra, Inc.
    1380 Bordeaux DriveSunnyvale, CA 94089, USA

    Monday, March 04, 2013

    Technical Resource - Marc Dekenah

    Useful resource on Power Quality, Radio Telemetry, T&M and Interfacing.  Marc's Technical Pages; knowledge-base of Faultlink International, an independent electrical / electronics fault investigation & analysis consultancy.

    Technical Resource - Marc Dekenah

    Economical Impulse Generator, Measuring in Excess of 1kV, "Soft Earthing" Instruments and A Real LAN twist cable are pages you must read.

    Technical Resource - Marc Dekenah

    Marc is an independent electrical/electronic fault investigation and analysis consultant with over 25 years of industrial electrics/electronics experience as Consultant, System Engineer, Technical Director, Design Engineer and more.

    Connecting Up For Intermittent/Nuisance Trips

    "Intermittent trips are circuit breakers rightfully operating because of an unknown cause or fault. Nuisance trips are a breaker deeming a non-existent fault has occurred and, in so doing, operates without need."

    FaultLink International - Electrical Power Diagnostics

    "Faultlink International is a fully independent broad-range electrical/electronics fault investigation and analysis consultancy."

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

    FDI Engineering Design Services

    FDI makes Development Kits, Touch Screen Kits, SBC and many other Embedded System Tools. They also offer Engineering and Manufacturing services.

    FDI Engineering Design Services

    FDI also offers in-house production for quick turn prototypes and low volumes. A Touch Screen Kit from FDI is an easy to implement Graphical User Interface (GUI) or Human Machine Interface (HMI) in any small instrument or equipment.

    3.5" QVGA Touch Screen LCD Kit for RX6N

    Features Include
    • Tianma 3.5" TFT QVGA LCD Panel with integrated Touch Screen
    • Renesas CPU running at 96MHz (with 512KB internal Flash)
    • 2MB of SDRAM and 2GB microSD Memory Card
    • USB Device Mini-B for power and PC communications
    Future Designs, Inc.
    996 A Cleaner Way SW Huntsville, AL 35805 

    Mike Demler.and EE Daily News

    A Tech Blog Published by Industry Analyst Mike Demler.who has worked with EDN. 

    Mike Demler.and EE Daily News

    The Blog Covers the Analysis of developments in mobile/wireless, semiconductor and EDA technologies.

    Quantenna Gigabit WiFi standard
    Quantenna Gigabit WiFi standard

    "Quantenna says that by using a 4x4 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) design, they have been able to develop a 2 Gbps wireless router reference design.

    Quantenna has developed the QAC2300-RDK reference design to support the current draft of the IEEE 802.11ac standard, but will make any adjustments necessary to conform to final specification."

    Saturday, February 02, 2013

    Free DWG Viewer - Brava

    Free viewer for AutoCAD formats. View and measure DWG, DWF and DXF files in one viewer. also see a Free viewer for TIFF, PDF & secure CSF formats.

    Free DWG Viewer - Brava

    View Any File Supports virtually any file format, providing a single, simple interface for all.

    Smart Highly optimized user interface that delivers the best user experience for reading documents or viewing drawings.

    Thumbnail Navigation Thumbnail views of document pages make navigating easy and fast.

    Instant Search Jump through search hits quickly, highlight all instances of search terms for quick identification and perform complex searches using Regular Expressions.

    Free DWG Viewer - Brava

    Monday, January 14, 2013

    Keith Neufeld - Electronics Blog

    Kieth's Blog has many ideas on refurbishing and creating electronic gadgets, Mechanical and DIY Techniques.

    Keith Neufeld - Electronics Blog

    LED Calculator with Rotary Quadrature Encoder for Target System Voltage Selection, Arduino, Robotics, PCB Layout Tips, Introduction to Circuits, LED Clock.

    Keith Neufeld - Electronics Blog

    Transistor-Based Variable Current Drive for LED Calculator

    "The idea is to expand on a simple LED tester by allowing the user to plug in an LED, dial in the LED brightness, and then read information on an LCD showing the LED voltage drop, the current current, and the value of current-limiting resistor to use in a target circuit. "

    Jens PIC and Z80 Projects

    Jens PIC and Z80 Projects
    PIC-Programmer 2 for PIC16C84
    • PIC16C84 Programmer
    • Z80 bootloader
    • 8751 ROM Monitor software
    • PIC16C84 Programmer
    PIC-Programmer 2 for PIC16C84

    Designs for VLSI
    • 8-transistor delay-insensitive memory cell
    • How to make PIC's with high clockspeed.
    • Analog low power converter

    Monday, January 07, 2013

    True Power Research - Robert W. Stowe

    True Power Research provides power electronics consulting expertise to manufacturers, consultants, university research programs, research agencies, and start-up investors. Custom Power Supply Designs

    True Power Research - Robert W. Stowe

    DC to DC, AC to DC, and DC to AC conversion methods. Switch mode as well as linear power supplies. Specialized in high voltage power supplies and low noise and low ripple power supplies.
    True Power Research - Robert W. Stowe

    The Isolated Power Supply — A Tutorial

    Safety -

    "Electronic power supplies commonly process dangerous voltages with low impedances. Isolation is often required to prevent operator contact with dangerous voltages. Transformers used within power supplies function as a safety isolation transformer."

    True Power Research
    Robert W. Stowe (Bob) - Power Supply Design Consultant

    850 10th St., Berthoud, CO 80513, USA

    Saturday, January 05, 2013

    Bionics - Nature Innovates Technology Follows

    Molecubes Bionic Learning Network Festo - "Molecubes - an attractive programmable robotics system Molecubes could play a significant role in technical training in the near future. These cubes, fitted with computer chips, can be successively attached to each other."

    Festo Bionic Learning Network
      Molecubes Bionic Learning Network Festo
    "Bionic design principles serve as the basis for the development of new gripper technology for flexible adaptive grasping in the mechanical handling industry..."

    Here Festo is helping students of Robotics and Automation learn from nature's intricate and sophisticated Nueromuscular Systems. I am using the word Nueromuscular in a different way, here it means Wires (Nerves), Control System (Brain, Spinal cord), Solenoids & Valves (Muscular System).

    These Bionic Systems can also be used the other way around, they can be designed for Reinforcing/Replacing Weak or Lost Limbs. Even a person with a handicap, can do most tasks on his own, aided by the Bionic Appendages.

    Study These Resources to understand Bionics which is closely related to Robotics and Automation.

    Thursday, January 03, 2013

    Micron - Semiconductor Solutions - Memory

    Micron - Semiconductor Solutions - Memory

    "Micron's DRAM and Flash components are used in today's most advanced computing, networking, and communications products..."

    Product Line Include - DRAM Modules, NAND Flash, Managed NAND, RealSSD and Phase Change Memory among many others.

    RealSSD C300

    UBM TechInsights Takes a Closer Look at the RealSSD C300

    "Inside the RealSSD C300 The controller is a Marvel 88SS9174, which is a relatively new chip. It provides the RealSSD C300 with next generation SATA-3 connectivity at 6Gb/s to accommodate for its extremely fast read speeds that overwhelm SATA-2 (3 Gb/s). This controller has two ARM9 processor cores that operate in parallel to balance the load on the drive, with one core handling host requests and the other handling requests to read and write to the NAND flash devices. The controller uses the Micron DDR3 SDRAM for caching data to more quickly and efficiently manage traffic."

    Micron Technology, Inc.
    8000 S. Federal Way, P.O. Box 6. Boise, ID 83707-0006 USA


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