Sometimes a chip is only available in SMD package and sometimes you want to use it with a breadboard and sometimes you just don’t have that right adaptor PCB. So here is my attempt at making a DIY converter.
The SOIC chip is connected to machined pin IC socket using wirewrap 30 AWG wires.
Here is my new Rubidium Frequency Standard. It’s an atomic clock! It has a crystal oscillator disciplined to Rubidium-87 hyperfine transition.
It has an impressive specification:
1.4×10-11 /√ τ (1s ≤ τ ≤ 100s)
I do not (yet) have any means for verifying its stability and accuracy. A quick test with my frequency meter suggests that it is working correctly. However this test does not tell me much as this frequency standard stability is many order of magnitude better than my frequency meter. I am planning to get a GPS disciplined oscillator for performance comparison.
I’ve been experimenting with FTDI FT2232H chip. It is a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 convertor chip. I’ve been operating it in asynchronous FIFO mode and have been able to achieve around 6MB/s transfer rate. Later I will try out the synchronous FIFO mode and hopefully be able to achieve >25MB/s transfer rate as claimed by the manufacturer.
This chip makes building hi-speed USB 2.0 peripheral really easy. I like it!
Logic analyzer capture showing read and write transfer rate.
This project uses the Arduino hardware for playing back infrared remote control code. The format played is the Pronto Hex format. There is a huge database of infrared code located at RemoteCentral.
I did this project for teaching my learning remote the discrete on/off power code of my TV. The code sent by the original TV remote is the power toggle command. This is not so good when used as part of a macro for controlling multiple devices.
I just got my Fluke 17B multimeter yesterday. I bought it from DealExtreme for USD $92 delivered. I’d like to use this multimeter instead of my Fluke 77 III for my everyday electronics at home.
This Fluke model is only for sale in China, however you can easily get this model from Ebay or DealExtreme. Given that it is only for sale in China, there aren’t many in depth review of it. My concern is that this model may not be of the same quality as the other Fluke’s model.
This meter has a sister model, the Fluke 15B which does not measure frequency nor temperature.
For more information, calibration manual of the meter is avaliable from Fluke China website here. Continue reading →
Meet Hexi. Hexi is my new 6-legged robot (hexapod) family member. He is demonstrating the three standard walking pattern for a hexapod: wave, tripod and ripple gait. For now he can only walk in a straight line.
Body: Lynxmotion Phoenix
Actuator: Hitec HS-645MG servos
Processor: ARM Cortex-M3
Battery: 5 Sub-C 5000 mAh (cheapbatterypacks.com)
For standard size analog servo, the HS-985MG performs best. It is based on a coreless motor. It provides the highest torque as well as the fastest speed.
The HS-475HB is the best value servo. It has the advantage of using Karbonite (just like kryptonite 🙂 ) gears. Karbonite is supposed to be stronger than nylon but has less wear and tear compared to metal.
The HS-645MG has good torque compromise without being overly expensive. It uses mostly metal gear.
For a mega 1/4 scale servo. The HS-805BB looks awesome.