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Electronic widget companies like Sparkfun?
I'd like to find (or build up) a list of companies that sell useful electronic gizmos for hobby and low-volume development needs. I'm not talking about component sources like...
Monday, 8 August 2011 - 02:18
Couple of PCB copper pour questions
I'm a software guy but I do an occasional PCB design as well. I'm doing a 2-sided 6" x 6" design now that will be sparsely populated (more connectors than anything else,...
Friday, 29 July 2011 - 14:58
More common 5.5mm power plug - 2.1mm or 2.5mm center?
Based on your experience, what is the more common 5.5mm power plug found on various wall warts - 2.1mm center or 2.5mm center? I'm designing a board that can take a wide range of...
Friday, 29 July 2011 - 01:03
MOSFET blow-out
As in low prices, not release-the-smoke. Browsing for parts for a project on the Mouser site and I ran across this mosfet (20V, 2.5A, very low turn-on voltage). Looks like Mouser...
Friday, 22 July 2011 - 18:55
IO via USB - how simple?
I want to add some custom IO to a PC and USB seems the natural route. Total IO would be on the order of 10-20 bytes worth. I know almost nothing about USB. I do know what's...
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 - 14:13
USB - RS485 converters?
I have a general question about USB-RS485 converters. Most of them (e.g. search "USB RS485" on ebay) have a connection for +5V or +9V. In your experience, do these devices...
Saturday, 20 November 2010 - 02:43
Algorithm question - flickering candle
Mostly to amuse the kids I've been playing around with trying to get a flickering candle effect from some yellow LEDs, and so far I'm not really happy with the results. I've...
Sunday, 24 October 2010 - 04:37
Professional Ada 2005 tools for AVR
I just ran across this, even though the news is a year old. http://www.adacore.com/2009/03/3... Interesting, just interesting. (I should mention that I think Ada is an excellent...
Friday, 21 May 2010 - 18:02
What's a good jellybean MOSFET for 3Vgs, 100mA?
I'm looking for suitable MOSFETs to switch around 100mA or a little more in a 3.3V system. 2N7002 and 2N7000 variants pop up in my searches, but I'm wondering if there are any...
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 - 02:06
Need a wireless configuration solution to cover about 1 foot
That would be 30cm for the rest of the world. :) What I'm looking for is a way to configure small modules with an address after they are installed, not using wires. The installer...
Monday, 1 March 2010 - 16:40
Why don't AVRs run at 60-100 MHz?
This question popped up from the AVR/ARM thread. If $3 ARMs can and do run this fast, why don't $3 AVRs? Is it a technical thing, a marketing thing, what?
Tuesday, 16 February 2010 - 06:06
ASM style question
Given var16: .dw VAL16 I want to do lds zl, low_byte(var16) lds zh, high_byte(var16) I know I could load var16 and var16+1, but I'm wondering if there is some...
Friday, 12 February 2010 - 19:18