Skip to main content


Showing posts from January, 2019

Enginursday: Motion-Controlled, Wearable LED Dance Harness

I’m pretty ambitious whenever I get inspired to do a project – after research and testing, I consider the time constraints and how much experience I have doing whatever I’m interested in doing. I then usually take a step back and dial it down to something a bit more manageable. Instead of tackling the whole project all at once, I break it down and complete it in small chunks. This was the case after being inspired by some dancers using EL wire for their performance. In 2014, I started drawing out plans to build some light up costumes for my students at the old SparkFun building. I thought it would be cool and fun for them.If you remember from my Enginursday post last year, I shared two designs that I used with my students. The first design used EL tape and panels. The second design used non-addressable LED strips.Mark I: EL Dance ShirtMark II: LED Dance HarnessMark III: Motion Controlled Wearable LED Dance HarnessIt would have been a shame to not reuse the parts that I spent so much t…

Start And Stop GCode: Commands To Make Your Printer Do Your Bidding

3D printers communicate via a language called G-code, like all Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machines. This versatile language provides a set of human-readable commands for controlling each action that a 3D printer performs. Slicing software may be thought of as an interpreter for translating 3D models into a series of […]Read more on MAKEThe post Start And Stop GCode: Commands To Make Your Printer Do Your Bidding appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

from Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

Mouser Electronics New Product Insider: January 2019

Global Distributor Leads in New Product IntroductionsMouser Electronics, Inc. specializes in the rapid introduction of new products and technologies. As the industry leader in New Product Introductions (NPIs), Mouser makes it a priority to stock the newest products and technologies from our 750+ manufacturer partners, giving customers an edge and helping speed time to market.In 2018, Mouser launched a total of more than 3,544 new products ready for same-day shipment.Some of the 162 products introduced by Mouser last month include:Nordic Semiconductor nRF91 Series Cellular IoT SiPFeaturing an integrated application microcontroller, full LTE modem, RF front end, and power management in a single device, the Nordic nRF91 system-in-package (SiP) is ideal for low-power cellular Internet of Things (IoT) applications.Analog Devices DC2464A-A and DC2464A-B Demo Boards for LTC3351 ChargersAnalog Devices DC2464A-A/DC2464A-B demo board is a supercapacitor charger and backup controller with a hot-…

Mouser Electronics and Pimoroni Sign Global Distribution Agreement

Global Distributor Stocks Pimoroni’s Accessories for Raspberry Pi, Arduino, micro:bitMouser Electronics, Inc., the New Product Introduction (NPI) leader empowering innovation, announces a global distribution agreement with Pimoroni, designers and manufacturers of tech treasures for makers, educators, and creatives. Through the agreement, Mouser now stocks Pimoroni’s accessories for Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and micro:bit boards.Pimoroni offers a broad selection of Raspberry Pi accessories, ranging from the company’s first product, the Pibow case, to a variety of HATs and pHATs that add almost unlimited functionality to the Raspberry Pi and Raspberry Pi Zero single-board computers. HAT and pHAT options include different LED matrices, gesture detection, musical instruments, and prototyping boards for creating new projects.Mouser is also now stocking the Pimoroni Picade PCB, an Arduino-compatible board designed for use in arcade-game projects. The board features a Microchip ATmega32U4 micro…

Ghatkopar real estate developer‘connects’ his homes to solar power

The move is expected to reduce Parag Shah’s electricity bills by more thanINR 3 lakh annuallyIt will also give Maximum City’s environment some breathing room by slashing 22.34 tonnesof CO2 emissions annuallyWell-known real estate developer from GhatkoparMr Parag Shah is keen to lead by example, and to that end, he is doing his bit for the environment amid rapid urbanisation. Mr Shah, who owns four floors in Aaradhya Swastik in the central suburb, roped in Avishakti Rooftop Solar Pvt. install51 solar panels on his rooftop that will cater to all of his flats,generatingapproximately 25,000 units of electricity annually. Speaking about the motivation behind the move, Mr Shah says, “Climate change is one of the great levelers. It doesn’t distinguish between rich and poor, and it poses a very real threat irrespective of your geographical location. It is high time every one of us stopped waiting for someone else to make the first move to combat it and started doing our own bit to take…

Tata Power fuels smart innovations for smart consumers of tomorrow

Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power utility, has pioneered the art of empowering consumers with smart innovations and technologies.The company has facilitated service excellence and convenience to itsever growing smart consumer base and supported smart transformations in the power sector.Today, Tata Power serves more than 2.6 million distribution consumers across Mumbai, Delhi and Ajmer.With a103 year track record of technology leadership, project execution excellence, world-class safety processes, customer care and driving green initiatives, the companywill continue ‘lighting up lives’ for generations to come. Now, with the changing landscape of the Indian power sector and technological disruption, Tata Power has been the leader of change from traditional-led to digital-first and simultaneously revolutionised the age-old power industry and the way individualsconsume power.Commenting on the consumer-centric business approach, Mr. Praveer Sinha, CEO & Managing Director, Ta…

15 Free eBooks On Electronics!

Hardware engineers out there can not ignore the importance of learning electronics as a subject. From designing and programming chips and circuits to assembling, knowledge on electronics is a indispensable requisite! So here we bring to you a sorted collection of free electronics ebooks on semi-conductors, circuits, controllers and various other aspects of electronics. Enjoy! […]The post 15 Free eBooks On Electronics! appeared first on Electronics For You.

from Electronics For You

VIAVI launches Observer GigaFlow

Observer GigaFlow delivers deep insights for complete end-to-end visibility across hybrid enterprise networks and applicationsVIAVI Solutions, today announced the launch of Observer GigaFlow, a powerful solution that delivers enriched flow records to stitch together user, network, and infrastructure data into a single record. GigaFlow is the latest enhancement to VIAVI Observer, the platform recognized as a leading Network Performance Management and Diagnostics (NPMD) solution by Gartner’s Magic Quadrant.The growing number and variety of devices and applications across today’s hybrid IT environment are becoming increasingly difficult to manage — whether related to IoT, SD-WAN, cloud migrations or remote users at the network edge. Observer GigaFlow delivers analytics and deep insight in a single enriched flow record, providing end-to-end visibility beyond the core to the farthest reaches of the IT network for fast, simple and effective troubleshooting and forensics investigations.“IT n…

Juki Picks up Three NPI Awards during APEX

Juki Automation Systems (JAS), Inc., a world-leading provider of automated assembly products and systems and part of Juki Automation Systems Corporation,was awarded three 2019 NPI Awards during the 2019 IPC APEX EXPO. The company won in the category of Storage Systems for its Autonomous Material Handling System, Labeling Equipment for the new Incoming Material Station, and Pick-and-Place – Multifunction for the RS-1XL Placement Machine.Juki’s new Autonomous Material Handling System consists of the ISM3600 and ISM3900, an interface module, an elevator unit and anAutonomous Intelligent Vehicle (AIV) designed to work as one unit. The complete package provides the unique ability to automatically store, retrieve, deliver, and return components throughout the factory. Components can be taken by the AIV from the main warehouse to the storage tower and any other location where they are needed.With the Incoming Material Station, operators can speed up material registration activities, avoid mi…

Thin-film semiconductor fabrication process uses copper(I) iodide at room temperature

Scientists at Dongguk University have found a way to createprintedp-channel thin-film transistors by using the abundantly available and environmentally-friendly copper(I) iodide semiconductor at room temperature. Their energy-efficient and cost-effective fabrication method for these transistors may pave the way for developing low-cost and novel optoelectronic devices.Transistors are the building blocks of most of the electronic devices we use every day, and research on fabricating new types of semiconducting materials for thin-film transistors (TFIs) has been ongoing for decades. Whenever new transistors or novel fabrication methods are discovered, many previously impossible applications become feasible, such as ultrahigh-definition transparent displays and flexible electronic devices. Nowadays, there is a huge demand for p-type transparent semiconductors (which are conductive due to the movement of charge carriers called “holes”) for making p-channel transistors, but when compared to…

Synthesizing Single-Crystalline Hexagonal Boron Nitride (hBN) Film That Uniformly Self-Assembles

Scientists at Dongguk University (Prof. Ki Kang Kim) in collaboration with scientists from other institutes –KIST (Dr. Soo Mim Kim) and Sungkyunkwan University (Prof. Young Hee Lee) have –found a method for synthesizing hexagonal boronnitride films with a nearly perfect single-crystalline structure. This structure consistently self-assembles on top of liquid gold and can be used as a platform for synthesizing other crystalline thin-film materials.Crystalline structures are ideally composed of repeating identical units in a perfectly ordered fashion. As one would expect, crystals have found applications in a multitude of fields, such as optics, electronics, and chemistry, and have helped researchers understand the mechanics behind complex physical phenomena. However, synthesizing perfect crystalline structures is very challenging, with most methods yielding crystals with defects or with multiple different basic units (called polycrystals).Hexagonal boron nitride (hBN), also called whit…

DIY: Constructing An Induction Forge

In this video, the presenter is going to construct an Induction forge i.e. he will use induction to heat metals. The idea is to produce a high-power electromagnetic field, that will induce a huge electric current in metals. He will be explaining the full process of the experiment. Courtesy: DIY ExperimentsThe post DIY: Constructing An Induction Forge appeared first on Electronics For You.

from Electronics For You

Infineon extends its portfolio of CoolSiC™ MOSFET power modules for UPS and energy storage applications

Munich, Germany – 31 January 2019 – Addressing the fast growing demand for Silicon Carbide (SiC) solutions, Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) launches new devices in the 1200V CoolSiC MOSFET family. The CoolSiC Easy 2B power modules enable engineers to reduce system costs by increasing power density. In addition, they can also lower operational costs significantly. Owing to about 80 % lower switching losses compared to silicon IGBTs, inverter efficiency levels exceeding 99 % can be reached. Because of the specific SiC properties, the same or even higher switching-frequency operation can be realized. This is particularly attractive for fast switching applications such as UPS and energy storage.The Easy 2B standard package for power modules is characterized by an industry-leading low stray inductance. With a variety of half-bridge, six-pack and booster modules, Infineon offers the largest SiC portfolio in the Easy package on the market. The half-bridge configuration of …

Micro Milling: Tips for Smaller CNC Projects

Move up to the next level by going small on your CNC machineRead more on MAKEThe post Micro Milling: Tips for Smaller CNC Projects appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

from Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

All You Wanted to Know About GSM Module and GPRS Module

Before we get into what a GSM module is, let us get our fundamentals right and understand what GSM and GPRS are. A GSM module or a GPRS module is a chip or circuit that will be used to establish communication between a mobile device or a computing machine and a GSM or GPRS system. Contents What is GSM/GPRS? What […]The post All You Wanted to Know About GSM Module and GPRS Module appeared first on Electronics For You.

from Electronics For You

Tiny, low profile, 150W AC-DC power supply from XP Power features medical (BF) and ITE approvals

January 29th 2019 – XP Power has announced its EPL150 series, a range of high density, low profile, open-frame AC-DC power supplies aimed at space-critical, cost-sensitive, industrial, ITE and healthcare applications.
The EPL150 series produces 100W output with convection cooling and 150W with as little as 10CFM airflow. The product has a 101.6 x 50.8mm footprint and its low profile of 25.1mm makes it ideal for space-constrained applications. Class-leading power density is enabled by high efficiency, up to 95% typical at 150W with better than 85% achieved down to 10% load. No load losses are less than 0.5W giving reduced running costs and compliance with the latest environmental goals and legislation.The parts are approved for use in Class I or Class II (earth free) applications for highest flexibility.
The EPL150 series features comprehensive safety agency approvals including IEC60950-1-1 for ITE, IEC62368-1 for ITE and IEC/ES60601-1 for medical.
Medical approvals are for two means o…

X-FAB Announces Full Production Release of New High-Voltage Galvanic Isolation Technology

Tessenderlo, Belgium – January 30, 2019
X-FAB Silicon Foundries SE, the leading analog/mixed-signal and specialty foundry, has announced the full volume production release of its new high temperature galvanic isolation semiconductor process. This proprietary technology is fully automotive qualified, and offers greater reliability levels compared to options offered by the competition.
Galvanic isolation electrically separates circuits in order to improve noise immunity, remove ground loops, and increase common mode voltage. It can also protect human interfaces from contact with high voltages. An example where this plays an important role is the control of IGBT or SiC power modules in industrial and automotive environments. Further applications include data communication in field bus systems, battery management systems or the usage in medical equipment.
Key advantages of the new X-FAB galvanic isolation process include:
•       Operational temperatures of up to 175°C
•       Successfull…

Maxim’s Highly Integrated, Single-Chip Security Solutions Offer Simple Implementation While Safeguarding Sensitive IoT Data

MAX36010 and MAX36011 security supervisors provide robust tamper detection and cryptography with 60 percent faster design cycle and 20 percent lower BOM costsSan Jose, CA—January 29, 2018—Designers of internet of things (IoT) devices now have a smarter and more secure way to protect stored, sensitive information with the highly integrated MAX36010 and MAX36011 single-chip security supervisors from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM). These security solutions make it easier for designers to implement robust tamper detection, cryptography and secure storage while safeguarding sensitive information via logical and physical protections, without having to be security experts themselves.Details about MAX36010: about MAX36011: MAX36010 and MAX36011 both offer strong security that can be easily integrated into a design at any stage of its development. Additionally, if these parts are integ…

IoT-Based PM2.5 and PM10 Air Quality Monitoring System

This is an ESP32 NodeMCU-based Air Quality monitoring system to check particulate matter (PM), humidity, temperature, altitude and pressure levels. Various environmental conditions of the place are tested and displayed on the TFT display as well as on ThingSpeak IoT (Internet of Things) platform. The author’s prototype is shown in Fig. 1. Particulate matter High […]The post IoT-Based PM2.5 and PM10 Air Quality Monitoring System appeared first on Electronics For You.

from Electronics For You

More Python with the SparkFun LumiDrive!

Last week, we started poking at SparkFun’s new LumiDrive LED Driver and played a little with the available digital pins broken out on the board. This week, we’ll take a look at the analog pins, play with them as inputs, and see if we can put something together using both digital and analog pins.If you didn’t catch its release, let me introduce you to the SparkFun LuMini LED Driver. This board boasts a SAMD21G-AU microcontroller, to allow you to run Python, micropython, circuitpython, etc.The SparkFun LumiDrive LED Driver. So powerful. So elegant. So red.Let’s dig into analog input on the LumiDrive. The first thing we need to do is import the proper library. So just as we imported the digitalio library to read and control things connected to the digital pins, this time we’ll need to import the analogio library.import analogio # Then we impliment it with this line analog_in = analogio.AnalogIn(board.A3) There is another way to do this, which I didn’t discuss last week. Unlike programm…

Waterproof USB Micro B and Type C Receptacles Feature IP67 Ratings

TUALATIN, Ore. — January 29, 2019 — CUI’s Interconnect Group ( ) today announced the addition of several waterproof USB connectors, ( ) with Ingress Protection (IP) ratings of IP67, to its USB product family. ( )  Offering protection from moisture and environmental contaminants, the connectors are available in USB Micro B and Type C receptacle formats, while conforming to either the USB 2.0 or USB 3.1 Gen 2 standard, depending on the model.
CUI’s USB receptacles feature surface mount and mid mount SMT mounting styles in vertical or horizontal orientations, with several models designed with plastic mounting tabs for greater stability on the PCB. Rated up to 10,000 mating cycles and carrying operating temperature ranges from -40 up to 85°C, these waterproof USB connectors are a highly reliable solution for consumer and portable electronic devices. All models are…

Avnet Silica to feature leading-edge AI and IoT technologies at embedded world 2019

On-stand demos to showcase diverse expertise in AI-based computer vision, machine learning and device-to-cloud IoT solutionsBrussels, Belgium, 29 January 2019 – Avnet Silica, an Avnet company (Nasdaq: AVT), will exhibit at this year’s embedded world, to be held at the Messe Nuremberg, Germany 26–28 February, 2019. On its booth located in Hall 1, Stand 370, Avnet Silica will highlight its competencies in different focused areas under the banner ‘technologies, solutions and services to reach further’.
Demonstration suites from Avnet Silica will feature advanced technologies in the fields of safety and security, power, analog and sensors, wireless and Ethernet-based connectivity. Avnet Silica has significant expertise across all of these fields, coupled with its years of experience working closely with customers, helping to speed hardware and software development, and enabling them to quickly bring products, systems and end-to-end solutions to market.
Another area will feature advanced s…

Edible Innovation: Bright Foods’ Refrigerated Plant-based Bars

From Singapore to the USA and all around Europe, Edible Innovations profiles food makers that engage in improving the global food system at every stage, from production to distribution to eating and shopping. Join us as we explore the main trends in the industry from a maker perspective. Chiara Cecchini […]Read more on MAKEThe post Edible Innovation: Bright Foods’ Refrigerated Plant-based Bars appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

from Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

Turn Your Old Inverter Into An Emergency Power System

An inverter turned into an emergency power system, which turns on when the mains supply fails, and more importantly doesn’t turn on when the main supply is available. Can you give me a setup (emergency lighting system) where few of my lights will turn on when the supply from mains is unavailable, and more importantly, […]The post Turn Your Old Inverter Into An Emergency Power System appeared first on Electronics For You.

from Electronics For You

Allegro MicroSystems Launches QuietMotionTM Family of Code-Free FOC Sensorless BLDC Fan Drivers

Allegro MicroSystems, a leader in power and sensing solutions for motion control and energy efficient systems, today announced the launch of the company’s QuietMotion family. This family consists of the first-to-market Field Oriented Control (FOC) brushless DC (BLDC) electric motor controllers that are customer code-free. The devices are designed to provide reliable and efficient low audible noise performance while reducing design cycle time.Whereas most FOC BLDC drivers require software developers to code the algorithm in a microprocessor, QuietMotion devices integrate Allegro’s innovative FOC algorithms. These advanced algorithms allow for smooth, quiet motion while eliminating the need to write software. This significantly lowers R&D expenses and reduces time to market. With only five external components, these devices also minimize bill of materials (BOM) cost, improve reliability and reduce design complexity.The result? Really quiet. Easy to implement. Extremely efficient.“Th…

Explore the Connected Home with New eBook from Mouser Electronics and Molex

Inc., the New Product Introduction (NPI) leader empowering innovation, announces a fascinating new eBook, Welcoming the Connected Home, in collaboration with Molex. In the new eBook, subject matter experts from Molex and Mouser examine upcoming and future trends in home automation and strategies for designing Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled devices, as well as specific smart home solutions from Molex.With the growing adoption of connected home technologies, the global smart home market is expected to be valued at more than $50 billion by 2022. From connected devices like light bulbs and appliances to security systems and home assistants, the smart home is allowing residents to interact with and program their living spaces to predict and react to their needs. As more devices are added to the smart home ecosystem, artificial intelligence will enable home automation to evolve and better serve our preferences.The new eBook covers a number of topics related to the connected home, explorin…

Samtec Features Latest 56 Gbps PAM4/112 Gbps PAM4 Interconnect Solutions at DesignCon 2019

Samtec Inc., a privately held $822 MM global manufacturer of a broad line of electronic interconnect solutions, will showcase and demonstrate their latest high-performance interconnect and technologies at DesignCon 2019 in Santa Clara, CA.Samtec high-speed technologies for Silicon-to-Silicon optimization will be on display, including new high-speed, high-bandwidth optical, board-to-board and cable-to-board interconnects, 56 Gbps PAM4 and 112 Gbps PAM4 product demonstrations will also be highlighted. Samtec signal integrity experts will present papers, technical sessions, and tutorials on a variety of SI topics during the three-day conference.Featured products and demonstrations at the Samtec booth include:Products:NovaRay: The innovative design of NovaRay combines extreme density and extreme performance for 112 Gbps PAM4 per channel, in 40% less space than traditional arrays, for an industry leading 4.0 Tbps aggregate data rate.Samtec Flyover: As bandwidth requirements rapidly increas…

Renesas Electronics Launches Digital Isolators with Superior Radiation Performance for Small Satellites in Low Earth Orbit

Rad-Tolerant ISL71610M and ISL71710M Provide Highest Isolation Protection for Power Supply Stages and Serial Communications InterfacesRenesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today introduced two plastic packaged, radiation-tolerant digital isolators that provide the highest isolation protection (2,500VRMS) from high voltage spikes in power supply stages and serial communications interfaces used in low Earth orbit (LEO) Small Satellites (SmallSats). Private “New Space” companies plan to launch thousands of SmallSats forming large constellations that operate in multiple LEO planes. SmallSat mega-constellations provide ubiquitous broadband Internet of Things (IoT) communications anywhere across the globe, and Earth observation high-resolution imaging for sea, air, and land asset tracking.

from Electronics Maker

IoT Provider Increases Location ServicesAccuracy 3X Using New Bluetooth 5.1Direction Finding Feature

–New Silicon Labs Solution Delivers Sub-1-Meter Precision forAsset Tracking, Indoor Positioning and Mobile Engagement —Silicon Labs(NASDAQ: SLAB)releasesnew Bluetooth® software for the Wireless Gecko portfolio, the industry’s most comprehensive connectivity solution for the Internet of Things (IoT). Silicon Labs’ commercial, industrial and retail customers can enhance their location-based services, such as indoor navigation, asset tracking, space utilization and point-of-interest engagement, using the direction finding feature added to Bluetooth in version 5.1 of the Bluetooth Core Specification, which was released today.To help meet the growing demands of the location servicesmarket, Bluetooth has added a new direction finding feature,allowing devices to determine the direction of a Bluetooth signal.  The new feature supports multiple methods for determining signal direction including angle-of-arrival (AoA) and angle-of-departure (AoD), and Silicon Labs’ implementation of the new Blu…

All You Wanted To Know About AT And GSM AT Commands

What are AT commands? AT commands are commands which are used to control the modems where AT stands for Attention. These commands were derived from Hayes commands which were used by the Hayes smart modems. Every wireless, as well as the dial up modems, require an AT command to interact with a computer machine. These […]The post All You Wanted To Know About AT And GSM AT Commands appeared first on Electronics For You.

from Electronics For You