Category: Informational

AVR Raspberry Pi Programmer

Raspberry Pi AVR Programmer

There are a number of ways to program AVR microcontroller chips. For my DIY projects, I like to save money by buying components and putting them together to create what I need. I bought some blank ATMEGA 328P micro controllers so that I could make Arduino circuit boards for my projects. Building the Arduino circuit …

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The BusPirate (a very useful circuit)

BusPirate

A few days ago my son bought me a birthday present. It was a BusPirate from SparkFun. This is what it looks like plugged into a breadboard. The BusPirate is quite a handy circuit. I have used it to flash a BIOS chip using FLASHROM  and also program an AVR ATMEGA 328P with AVRDude. It …

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Careful! Don’t Let the Smoke out!

[warning]Careful! Don’t let the smoke out![/warning] Hopefully you’ve never ruined any electronics device due to applying too much power. Some people have (cough, cough .. the voice of experience) and when this happens the device or component goes up in smoke. In popular jargon it is said to have “lost its smoke“. When working with …

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Atmel versus PIC Microcontrollers

Many years ago (I am old  ;-)) I was asked which microcontrollers are  best, ones from PIC (microchip.com) or ones from  Atmel (atmel.com). At the time I was asked, there was a lot of discussion about chip architecture, instruction sets and which chip was best. I thought at the time and still feel this way, …

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Fritzing Circuit Design Software

Fritzing Sample Output Image

If you need a way to design a circuit or show a nice graphic of it for someone else to follow, you might consider Fritzing from fritzing.org. A quote from their website: Fritzing is an open-source hardware initiative that makes electronics accessible as a creative material for anyone. Fritzing.org offers a software tool, a community …

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MicroController Electronics

We live in an exciting age!  Just think about how computer technology has progressed in just one ‘people’ generation! Electronic devices with smaller and smaller components are infiltrating our lives more and more making things easier.  The ‘Internet of Things‘ is taking over! My main interest (and I hope yours too) is in electronics and …

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