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23 Jun 2015


Housed in a low-profile 24-pin QFN package, the LTC4040 from Linear Technology is a 2.5-A lithium-battery–backup power-management system for 3.5-V to 5-V supply rails that must be kept active during a main power failure. The device uses an on-chip bidirectional synchronous converter to provide high-efficiency battery charging, as well as high-current, high-efficiency backup power.

When external power is available, the LTC4040 operates as a step-down battery charger for single-cell lithium ion or lithium iron phosphate batteries, while giving preference to the system load. When the input supply drops below the adjustable power-fail-input threshold, the LTC4040 operates as a step-up regulator capable of delivering up to 2.5 A to the system output from the backup battery. In the event of a power failure, the part provides reverse blocking and a seamless switchover between input power and backup power.

IC manages battery-backup systems – [Link]

23 Jun 2015

Maxim DS28E80

Using only one contact to simplify implementations in small, disposable medical sensors, the DS28E80 1-Wire EEPROM from Maxim Integrated Products resists gamma radiation of up to 73 kGy (kiloGray), allowing OEMs to calibrate a consumable medical sensor and to monitor or control unsanitary reuse of medical disposables. Gamma radiation sterilization is typically used on single-use disposable medical sensors and consumables, but the method is incompatible with conventional floating-gate memory technologies, as gamma’s high-ionizing radiation erases the memory.

Nonvolatile memory resists gamma radiation – [Link]

23 Jun 2015

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23 Jun 2015


Jesus Echavarria writes:

Hi all! Here’s the new project where I’m working a couple of days. Since I develop the SIM900 module and test it, I don’t work with it. Also, I’ve got at home some samples of the MCP2200 USB bridge that I want to test it. So make an USB interface for this board was the perfect idea! This allows to use the SIM900 board with a PC, Raspberry or similar, with the plus of no need external power supply or control signals. Just plug the USB cable on the board and start communicating with the world!

SIM900 USB Communication using MCP2200 – [Link]

22 Jun 2015


by elektormagazine.com:

Linear Technology has introduced a voltage supply regulator chip that includes an interface to take care of charging, balancing and monitoring external supercaps (or batteries) for system power backup. Its wide 0.1 V to 5.5 V capacitor/battery voltage and 1.8 V to 5.25V system backup voltage ranges make it suitable for a wide range of backup applications using supercapacitors or batteries. A proprietary low noise switching algorithm optimizes efficiency with capacitor/battery voltages that are above, below or equal to the system output voltage.

The LTC3110 can autonomously transition from charge to backup mode or switch modes based on an external command. Pin-selectable Burst Mode operation reduces standby current and improves light-load efficiency, which combined with a 1 μA shutdown current make the LTC3110 ideally suited for backup applications. Additional features include voltage supervisors for charge direction control, end of charge and a general purpose comparator with open-collector output for interfacing with a microcontroller.

Voltage regulator with backup management – [Link]

22 Jun 2015


2 Diodes, 3 resistors and a transistor here’s Silicon Labs’ low cost solution on voltage level translation. [via]

This applications note discusses a low-cost circuit for I2C level translation. This circuit was developed for the Si701x, Si702x, and Si703x humidity sensors but will work in many applications. This circuit provides I2C level translation from a higher voltage supply, such as 5 V, to a lower voltage, supply such as 1.8 or 3.3 V. In addition, the optional emitter follower circuit provides a low-voltage power supply rail from the higher 5 V supply. Note that some devices allow for higher voltage tolerance on I2C inputs. For example, the Si7034 has a 3.3 V tolerant I2C interface, so the level translation is only required for 5 V I2C designs.

App note: Low cost I2C level translator – [Link]

22 Jun 2015


by Mircea Daneliuc:

An electronics enclosure with HMI ( I2C LCD and keypad) for projects with sensors and relays. Good for any MCU, Arduino, Beaglebone,AVR

I have searched the net high and low to find a professional looking enclosure with an HMI (Human Machine Interface) that I could use in my project involving sensors and relays, but I wasn’t able to find one. Not for a decent price, that is… Most of the Arduino cases or enclosures were nice little boxes with slots for USB and power adapter but with no real functionality, not enabling the microcontroller to relate to the outside world in any way.

Arduino, Beaglebone, MCU enclosure with HMI (LCD & keypad) – [Link]

22 Jun 2015


Bob build a tiny and easy to build function generator. He writes:

Function generator is a rely useful tool in the lab, a simple version can be build at home, there’s a lot of examples on the Internet, some are much more complex and powerful, but this one is intended to be really simple and cheap. It can be also built-in in some bigger projects that also requires a generator.

The generator can output (only) square signal with adjusted frequency and pulse width. The amplitude may be also modified by soldering different values on the voltage divider on the output, it’s a bit laborious, but if it will be used in digital or microprocessor projects, then there isn’t really need for amplitude adjustment.

Tiny and cheap lab generator  – [Link]

22 Jun 2015


Rui JC writes:

This circuit is a small “on-board” temperature recorder for RC models.

For those who practice this hobby know that the engine temperature is very important, not only for performance but also to ensure the smooth operation and durability of the engine.

It records the motor temperature of my helicopter in flight 2 times per second and stores it in memory.

Helicopter Temperature Logger – [Link]

21 Jun 2015

Dave gives his first impression of Altium’s new FREE PCB design tool for the maker community, Circuit Maker.
What are the limitations?
What do you get?

EEVblog #754 – Altium Circuit Maker First Impressions – [Link]





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