Category: Informational

ESP8266 MicroPython Firmware

ESP8266 WiFi Transceiver Module

To enhance the capabilities of the ESP8266 there are various firmware packages available. In my last post, I showed how to install NodeMcu which uses eLua. I am a big fan of the Python programming language, so I was very happy to see a Python version for the ESP8266. The ESP8266 MicroPython Firmware is available …

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ESP8266 Custom Firmware

ESP8266 WiFi Transceiver Module

If you would like to go beyond the basic features in the ‘default’ ESP8266  firmware, it is possible (and relatively easy) to create your own ESP8266 custom firmware. With ESP8266 custom firmware, your possibilities for interaction with connected devices are almost endless. The reason why is that you can now connect pins on the ESP8266 …

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Best Kept Secret

Yes, it is an ambiguous topic. No, I don’t think it should be hidden, however, the fact that this topic does not seem to garner much press could mean it has been a best kept secret. The “best kept secret” is the programming language Forth. For reference, take a look at “A  Beginner’s Guide to …

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How to convert an STM32F103C8T6 into a Black Magic Probe

STM32F103C8T6 with ST-LINK V2

There are several tutorials on the internet showing how to convert an STM32F103C8T6 into a Black Magic Probe. Unfortunately, none of them worked for me. So, I decided to write this post in case others run into the same problem as I did. The problem I ran into was the memory size of the STM32F103C8T6 …

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ARM Cortex M3 STM32F103C8T6

STM32F103C8T6 with ST-LINK V2

It’s amazing what you can get in a microcontroller board these days for just over $2. For example, just search ebay.com or alibaba.com for the key word ‘STM32F103C8T6’.  You will see the links to an ARM Cortex M3 STM32F103C8T6 development board for just over $2 US including shipping (usually from China, so it may take …

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PIC Assembler Coding

PICKit2 Clone Programmer

I became re-interested in Microchip PIC assembler coding recently. I hadn’t really used it for a number of years (since before 2009). The ‘C’ language is usually efficient enough and easier to code for most projects I do. I used one of my DIY PIC18F4550 Pinguinos for experimentation. As you might guess, I decided to …

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DIY Arduino Shield

DIY LCD Shield

An Arduino shield is basically another circuit board that plugs into the Arduino and extends its capabilities in some way. So, of course, if you create your own DIY Arduino, you have to create a DIY Arduino shield. I needed a way to attach an HD44780 LCD to my DIY Arduino so I created a …

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Updated DIY Arduino Uno

DIY Arduino [Side View]

I have a new version of my DIY Arduino UNO. It is somewhat different than the old one that I have written about before (HERE).  I moved some components around on the board, added the user LED and moved all the wiring to the bottom of the board. Here is a picture of what it …

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Experimenting with Arduino-Builder

Arduino IDE

Lately, I have been experimenting with Arduino-Builder. It was been available as a command line interface to compile sketches since version 1.6.6 of the Arduino IDE.  It is actually what the Arduino IDE invokes behind the scenes to compile the sketch. It is written in the Go language. The source code is available HERE on …

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An ATmega328 with two Identities

Arduino as an ISP

Some would say that an ATmega328 with two identities is not possible. However, it depends on who you ask.  🙄   First though, before we ask, here is some necessary background information. Microcontrollers from Atmel (AVR) and Microchip (PIC) have a built in ‘signature’ or identity. This signature is a unique code that identifies its …

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