Eagle 9.2 Negative Solder Mask problem

Upgrading Eagle over 9.2,  a new strange thing happens. In the CAM settings, on every soldermask layer, appears a checked box named “Negative image”.

The results are… a borderless soldermask.

Negative option in CAM Settings

Gerbers with borderless soldermask

Normal Gerbers after removing the negative option

Segger J-Link Base v.9 – 50% off from Microchip

J-Link Base v.9 50% off at microchipdirect.com

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This is the second time this year, a very fine tool at a special price:
(50% off Coupon Code: TP1925 Expires : 31-Oct-2018)
Supported devices list:
 
 
Supported IDEs:
 
 

Renesas Synergy SK-S7G2

Renesas Synergy SK-S7G2

An excellent starter kit from Renesas featuring a powerful 240MHz R7F7S7G2 (with all pins access) with onboard color QVGA LCD+Touch, BLE, Ethernet, PMOD I/O, Touch Slider, Audio, Arduino Shield Expansion and a Segger J-Link OB Debugger.

The Synergy Platform offers access to the finest tools on the market like IAR EW, ThreadX RTOS, GUIX, E2 Studio and the SSP configuration and code generation tool.

 

 

Links:

Synergy Software Tools Page: https://www.renesas.com/en-eu/products/synergy/software/tools.html

Design Data v3: https://www.renesas.com/en-eu/software/D6000265.html

Weather Panel Demo: https://www.renesas.com/en-eu/software/D6002542.html

Nuvoton NT-M0564V Development Board

Testing the Nuvoton NuTiny-SDK-M0564 – development tool for the M0564 series microcontroller.

The M0564VG4AE is a Cortex-M0 microcontroller which can run at up to 72MHz,  features 85 I/O pins, 256 KB Flash, 20 KB SRAM, 4KB ISP ROM and 2 KB SPROM(Security Protection ROM).

The 161 pages datasheet can be downloaded from here: http://www.nuvoton.com/resource-files/DS_M0564_Series_EN_Rev1.00.pdf

The whole Development Package can be downloaded from http://nuvoton.com/NuMicroDVD/

The archive contains some useful AppNotes, drivers for Keil and IAR, CooCox BSP, Datasheets and some useful stand-alone programs like ClockConfigure Tool, NuMicro PLL Generator Tool.

The next steps are: install and configure Keil, add packs, CMSIS… etc.

 

 

For Arduino Fans there is a NuMaker Uno Board based on NUC131 – another Cortex M0 ARM –  https://direct.nuvoton.com/it/numaker-uno

 

Eagle missing managed libraries

After a clean upgrade to Eagle 8.5.2 I couldn’t find the (new) managed libraries.

The user folder in “Documents” is fine with all the work and all the versions inside.

The answer seems to be that you have to re-import them and it makes some sense, but it would be better if it was some link to them in the Control Panel.

The fact that it is no auto-update is the best choice because you may have some file that wouldn’t need the updated library because you strangely placed something on the board.

The quick import procedure follows:

Open Library Manager > go to the Available panel > import by downloading all you need > check that all is fine in the In Use panel > close Library Manager.

Restart Eagle.

 

STEVAL-FKI868V1 – Sigfox testing with ST Hardware

STEVAL-FKI868V1 with NUCLEO-L152RE board.

Can be used “normally” or via mbed.

ST Page: http://www.st.com/en/evaluation-tools/steval-fki868v1.html

Sigfox page: https://partners.sigfox.com/products/steval-fki868v1

Schematics in the datasheet or here: http://www.st.com/resource/en/schematic_pack/steval-fki868v1_schematic.pdf

S2-LP ULP transceiver page: http://www.st.com/en/wireless-connectivity/s2-lp.html

STMicro Wireless Connectivity for IoT Applications Brochure: http://www.st.com/resource/en/brochure/brwireless_web.pdf

 

! many thanks to STMicroelectronics

Sigfox – WiSOL SFM10R1 – SNOC Board

WiSOL SFM10R1: a cheap Sigfox Module made by WiSOL available as devkit from SNOC/Yadom.

Some links:

Wisol module manufacturer site: http://www.wisol.co.kr/

Yadom online shop: http://yadom.fr/

SNOC (Société Nationale des Objets Connectés): https://snoc.fr/

 

 

 

The only strange thing with this WiSOL module is that it responds with “ERROR: parse error” at the usual “AT” command.

A simple test code that sends some data to the network respecting the constraints:

[sourcecode language=”C”]

/*
Sigfox Module Test Unit
*/

int button = 2;
int led = 13;

void setup() {
// WiSOL works on 9600:
Serial.begin(9600);
// some basic LED debug info
pinMode(button, INPUT);
pinMode(led, OUTPUT);
// more to go for the receive function
// add ",1" for the downlink frame
}

void loop() {
int buttonState = digitalRead(button);
if (buttonState == LOW){
Serial.println("AT$SF=000011110000");
// some basic LED debug info
digitalWrite(led, HIGH);
delay(800);
digitalWrite(led, LOW);
delay(200);
digitalWrite(led, HIGH);
delay(800);
digitalWrite(led, LOW);
delay(200);
// obey to the max 1 msg every 10 min rule
delay(600000);
}
else {
// basic LED debug info
digitalWrite(led, HIGH);
delay(50);
digitalWrite(led, LOW);
delay(1000);
digitalWrite(led, HIGH);
delay(50);
digitalWrite(led, LOW);
delay(1000);
digitalWrite(led, HIGH);
delay(50);
digitalWrite(led, LOW);
delay(1000);
digitalWrite(led, HIGH);
delay(50);
digitalWrite(led, LOW);
delay(1000);

delay(40000);
}
}

[/sourcecode]

#ele16 MVV update

Using public transportation in Munich:

MVV site with tariff zones description and PDF map download:

http://www.mvv-muenchen.de/en/tickets-fares/tariff-maps/index.html

The MUC Airport is in the red zone, called Außenraum and the Messestadt is in the green zone called Innenraum.

The only one option that covers both zones is the Entire Network Ticket aka Gesamtnetz: http://www.mvv-muenchen.de/fileadmin/media/Dateien/3_Tickets_Preise/dokumente/TARIFPLAN_2016-Gesamtnetz.pdf

Messe München indications:

http://www.messe-muenchen.de/en/meta/anreise/anreise_mit_oeffentlichen_verkehrsmitteln/anreise_mit_oeffentlichen_verkehrsmitteln.php

MVV Tickets prices:

http://www.mvv-muenchen.de/en/tickets-fares/index.html

MVV Ticket Shop: (for diy printed ticket)

https://ticketshop.mvv-muenchen.de/index.php/tickets

MVV App for mobile ticket and planning:

http://www.mvv-muenchen.de/en/journey-planner/mobile-services/mvv-app/index.html

#ele16

#ele16 – Electronica 2016 – 8-11 nov, Am Messesee, 81829 München

http://electronica.de/

https://twitter.com/electronicaFair

Opening hours:
TUE – THU: 9.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
FRI: 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

 

World´s Leading Trade Fair for Electronic Components, Systems and Applications

logo_electronica

 

Exhibitor directory: http://www.electronica-media.de/prj_808/view/index.cfm?lng=2&nv=1&pag_styp=1

App links: http://www.electronica-media.de/prj_808/view/index.cfm?lng=2&nv=91&pag_styp=1

http://electronica.de/trade-fair/at-the-fair/app-mobile/index.html

Visitor Profiles: http://electronica.de/trade-fair/exhibition-profile/visitor-exhibitor-profiles/index.html

 

 

The EFM32 Development Kit – Gecko, G890F128

EFM32 Development Kit

The EFM32 Development Kit features the EFM32G890F128 MCU (128 kB flash + 16 kB RAM) and is one of the best kits designed for low power device development.

The Advanced Energy Monitoring (AEM) system is practically a very good power monitor and logger, embedded in the Development Kit. Some other kits are doing this in the IDE, but to have it with a display onboard is awesome.

A large spectrum of techniques, from using different low power modes to switch-off peripherals can be tested directly and all with one kit.

The on-board Segger J-Link enables debugging.

The OOB configuration enables that the EFM32 can be programmed with many demo programs selected with the 320×240 TFT Display GUI and the power consumption can be monitored on the same TFT after programming.

Some features:

  • Single ended and differential ADC inputs on BNC connectors
  • Line-in and Line-out stereo audio amplifier with 3.5 jacks
  • IrDA, RS232
  • MicroSD card reader
  • 4MB 70ns PSRAM+ 16MB 90ns NOR Flash + 2Kb I2C EEPROM
  • Accelerometer and LDR

Links:

Product page: https://www.silabs.com/products/mcu/32-bit/Pages/efm32g-dk3550.aspx

Simplicity Studio Download: https://www.silabs.com/products/mcu/Pages/simplicity-studio.aspx

User Guide: https://www.silabs.com/Support%20Documents/TechnicalDocs/efm32g-dk3550-ug.pdf

 

A Silabs video on YouTube:

 

javapath javaw unspecified error

Few words about this annoying error:

javapath javaw unspecified error The cause is the C:\ProgramData\Oracle\Java\javapath symlink system that isn’t fully working.

The quick solution is to add the full path to your own jre’s bin folder (Ex.: C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre1.x.y_z\bin) to the PATH (Windows System Variable).

Testing that is all ok can be made also by running “java -version”.

If other java bin is missing it can be restored from the no-extension zip file from C:\ProgramData\Oracle\Java\installcache .

Windows Application Registration:

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ee872121.aspx

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Anaren LR09A

Anaren LR09A

The LR09A (A110LR09A) is a module built by Anaren Inc based on the sub-1 GHz RF transceiver – CC110L.

For evaluation is really easy to use the AIR Boosterpack

TI Link: http://www.ti.com/tool/430boost-cc110l

Anaren Link: https://www.anaren.com/air/cc110l-air-module-boosterpack-embedded-antenna-module-anaren

Using one pcb for stand-alone operation:

On the PCB there are some DNP components that are needed only for the stand-alone configuration.

  • one simple S1 push switch is used for pairing
  • two 47k pull-up resistors – one 0603 as R1 and one at P1.3 (I don’t know why I can’t see the footprint)
  • one 0603 LED as D1 and his 0603 limiting resistor R2
  • some 0.1uF decoupling caps

The MSP430G2553 needs to be programmed with the Anaren Firmware and configured with ATC – BoosterStack Lite as Sensor (Application State Selector).

 

Links:

LR09A Module Price on Mouser and Digikey: http://eu.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Anaren/A110LR09A00GM/

http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/anaren/A110LR09A00GM/1173-1030-ND/3069152

Anaren’s CD for the AIR BoosterPack: https://www.anaren.com/sites/default/files/120124%20-%20CD%20ROOT.zip

TI’s CC110L Product Folder: http://www.ti.com/product/cc110l

CC110L price on Digikey: http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/texas-instruments/CC110LRGPT/296-41410-2-ND/4090782

 

 

Fake DS18B20

Fake DS18B20 found

Bought a small lot of DS18B20 from a small Chinese Online Shop…

None of them working. Behavior like a shorted component.

Testing them with a small component analyzer (ESR meter, large screen version) resulted as NPN transistors. Beware.

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