June Development Tools Deals http://www.microchip.com/pagehandler/en_us/promo/devtooldeals/
Amazing MP3 Player! $80 Off – Coupon Code: TP1328
- 24Bit Audio playback
- Integrated Programmer Debugger
- 2” Color TFT Display – 220 x 176 pixel
- mTouchTM slider and buttons
- PIC32MX250F128 with 128KB of Flash, 32KB RAM
- Micro SD Flash Card
Other Development Tools Deals for June:
A great concept – Kickstarter
Sadly, from the http://www.kickstarter.com/start page:
- “Am I eligible to start a Kickstarter project?
- Creating projects is currently open to US and UK creators over the age of 18 (see full details). Businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations can also use Kickstarter to fund their creative projects. We’re working hard to open up to more countries. If you’ve been waiting, we really appreciate your patience. Please note that anyone, anywhere (with a major credit or debit card) can pledge to Kickstarter projects.”
Lattice Semiconductor launches the new Image SensorExtender Card (SEC) Set
With this design, Lattice makes a big leap in the Image Processing Industry: it allows to extend the path between the Image Sensor and the Image Signal Processor via some SerDes/LVDS protocol over Twisted Pair CAT5e/6 Cable .
The distance is presented as up to 8 meters for 720p60 or 1080p30 resolution.
Quick Start PDF: QS018 MachXO2 SensorExtender Card Set QuickStart Guide
The RD1148 Sensor Extender PDF
The Microsoft Windows Driver for USB Ethernet/RNDIS Gadget:
AJA Io HD
10-bit Apple ProRes 422 recording solution. For Mac.
A good and robust system.
Easy to use, quick connecting, E-Ink display module various applications.
“The product contains an E-Ink display, display driver components and microController in one easy to use package.
They are available in three display sizes.
Bitmap graphics and text are placed on the display in the size, font and position desired.
Control is with SPI, Serial or I2C ports.
The ePs works standalone or controlled by a uController and operates on 3 to 16 VDC.
The medium and large ePS circuit board is suitable for securing in a project box or even plugging into the top of an Arduino shield stack.”
or in a unshortened form:
TI announces some limited quantity MSP430 development kits in the TI eStore, the deal lasts 430 minutes and starts at 10AM UTC (4/30 2013).
eZ430-Chronos – $50
MSP-FET430U128 – $150
MSP-FET430U100B – $130
MSP-FET430U100C – $130
International shipping included.
TI’s marketing hits again!
TI announces a new Launchpad: The Tiva C Series TM4C123G LaunchPad Evaluation Kit.
Now is on pre-order status with a 10-12 weeks delivery time.
This is a evaluation platform for ARM® Cortex™-M4F-based microcontrollers featuring the newest TM4C123GH6PM with a USB 2.0 device interface and hibernation module.
Some TM4C123GH6PM Specifications:
- 32-bit ARM® Cortex™-M4 80-MHz processor core with System Timer (SysTick)
- integrated Nested Vectored Interrupt Controller (NVIC)
- Wake-Up Interrupt Controller (WIC) with clock gating
- Thumb-2 instruction set
- On-chip memory, featuring 256 KB single-cycle Flash up to 40 MHz, 32 KB single-cycle SRAM;
- internal ROM loaded with TivaWare™ for C Series software; 2KB EEPROM
- 2 CAN modules
- USB controller with USB 2.0 full-speed (12 Mbps) and low-speed (1.5 Mbps) operation, 32 endpoints
- USB OTG/Host/Device mode
- 8 UARTs with IrDA, 9-bit, and ISO 7816 support
- four Synchronous Serial Interface (SSI) modules, supporting operation for Freescale SPI, MICROWIRE, or Texas Instruments synchronous serial interfaces;
- 4 I2C modules
- 2 12-bit ADCs
- Advanced motion control, featuring: 8 PWM generator blocks, each with one 16-bit counter, 2 PWM comparators, a PWM signal generator, a dead-band generator, and an interrupt/ADC-trigger selector; 2 PWM fault inputs to promote low-latency shutdown; 2 Quadrature Encoder Interface (QEI) modules
- Timers: 2 ARM FiRM-compliant watchdog timers; six 32-bit general-purpose timers (up to twelve 16-bit); six wide 64-bit general-purpose timers (up to twelve 32-bit); 12 16/32-bit and 12 32/64-bit Capture Compare PWM (CCP) pins
- Up to 43 GPIOs (depending on configuration), with programmable control for GPIO interrupts and pad configuration, and highly flexible pin muxing
- Lower-power battery-backed Hibernation module with Real-Time Clock
http://newscenter.ti.com/2013-04-15-TI-introduces-new-Tiva-C-Series-ARM-Cortex-M4-microcontrollers-MCUs-for-connected-applications TI’s Press Release about Tiva C Series
Embedded Artists brings a compact E-Paper Display module based on the 2.7″ and 264 x 176 (117 dpi) resolution Pervasive Dispalys Inc. panel
Intended as a development tool, the module can easily be used in many projects due to his low price (29€).
- a-Si, active matrix TFT, Electronic Paper Display (EPD) panel
- 264×176 pixels @ 117dpi resolution
- Ultra low power consumption – due to its bi-stable nature, the EPD panel requires very little power to update the display and needs no power to maintain an image
- near 180° viewing angle
- No backlight – display useful in daylight applications
- SPI interface + control signals, incl a PWM signal
- Module supply voltage: 3.3V, the display is supplied with 3.0V via on-board LDO
- View area: 57.3 × 38.2 mm
- Operating temperature: 0 to +50 degrees Celsius
- No of colors: 2 – B&W
- Standard 14 pos serial expansion connector interface (2×7 shrouded pin header, 50/100 mil spacing)
- 60 x 74 mm module size
- 3.2 mm mounting holes in 52 x 66.3 mm pattern
And some E-Paper Links:
http://repaper.org/tools.html Arduino, Launchpad, aLaMode compatible
http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/eink-display-shield-p-1374.html?cPath=132_134 a $49.90 Arduino Shield
https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10150 E-Paper 10×2 Character Display
http://wyolum.com/re-paper-experiments/ aLaMode producer experiments with E-Paper modules
http://www.eink.com/modules.html some e-ink/e-paper info
http://www.renesasinteractive.com/file.php/1/CoursePDFs/DevCon_On-the-Road/DevCon_OnSite/HMI/Driving%20E%20Ink%20Displays.pdf Renesas – Driving E Ink Dispalys PDF – download link
This morning I found A GREAT RFC, the 3251.
RFC 3251 - Electricity over IP
I think this may be the solution. Unfortunately, it was one of the best kept secrets. Let's make it public available! Is about 11 years old and only pour connaisseurs.
Google Reader, Google Building Maker, Google Voice App for Blackberry, Google Cloud Connect and many other features or services will be closed soon.
But… http://support.google.com/reader/answer/3028851 writes:
How can I download my Reader data?
Google Reader will be retired on July 1, 2013. If you’d like to download a copy of all your Reader data before then, you can do so through Google Takeout. You’ll receive your subscription data in an XML file, …. more
Microchip Develepment Tools Deals Link: http://www.microchip.com/pagehandler/en_us/promo/devtooldeals/
MRF24J40MC PICtail/PICtail Plus Daughter Board – Save $17 – Use Coupon Code: TP1310
Zena™ Wireless Adapter – 868 MHz MRF89XA – $25 in Savings – Use Coupon Code: TP1311
Utility-Band BPSK 6.0 kbps PLM PICtail Plus Daughter Board – Get Over $100 Off – Use Coupon Code: TP1312
BOOK: Beginner`s Guide to Embedded C Programming – Volume 3 by Chuck Hellebuyck – 20% in Savings – Use Coupon Code: TP1313
March 2013> The tideals.com website is changed! A new Deal is coming! Great!
Energia, something between TI Launchpad series and Arduino/Wiring
http://energia.nu/ is awebsite that bring Energia, a Wiring/Arduino IDE fork designed to ease the Ti Launchpad series integration into the maker/hobbyist world.
In conjuction with the low price of the Launchpads and the growing number of the Boosterpacks I think that TI hits it big!
Right now it supports the following LaunchPads: LaunchPad MSP430G (MSP430G2231, MSP430G2452 and MSP430G2553), FRAM Launchpad aka. FraunchPad (MSP-EXP430FR5739), Stellaris LaunchPad (EK-LM4F120XL ).
No C2000 for now.
Hardware support page: https://github.com/energia/Energia/wiki/Hardware
installing and running elinks – the text mode browser – on a BeagleBone
BeagleBone is great!
wget http://www.elinks.cz/download/elinks-current-stable.tar.gz tar - xzvf elinks-current-stable.tar.gz cd elinks-0.11-20130125 (better press tab after elinks, the last part is the date) ./configure make && make install
and finally get to google:
More Angstrom tools:
systemd, is a system and service manager, a initd replacement
systemd uses journal instead of syslog
journalctl – a “/var/log/messages” replacement
configuration file: /etc/systemd/journald.conf
journalctl can be used in conjuction with grep
opkg – the package manager, a ipkg fork
updating the system : opkg update (?)
package information: opkg info <package name>
install packages: opkg install <package name> (ex. samba, a good way to build windows networks)
top – shows running tasks
top with no arguments – shows all tasks
top -p <pid> –shows only that specific pid
Installing nmap on BeagleBone
Maybe the best network scan tool available, the powerful nmap is also free.
wget http://nmap.org/dist/nmap-6.25.tgz cd nmap-6.25 ./configure make make install
The install procedure takes some time (>20 minutes)
To get the basic help run nmap without arguments.
the make step is displaying 2 errors but is ok, make install shows 1 error but it works.
Installing mtr on a Beaglebone/Angstrom
mtr(former Matt’s traceroute) is a mix of traceroute and ping, I use it often in network diagnose. Running it on BeagleBone simplifies many things.
As a usual source install:
wget ftp://ftp.bitwizard.nl/mtr/mtr-0.82.tar.gz tar -xzvf mtr-0.82.tar.gz cd mtr-0.82 ./configure make make install
well… cursesX is not available… but is ok, I don’t want to run X.
some wikipedia thoughts about mtr: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MTR_(software)
Angstrom Distribution: http://www.angstrom-distribution.org/
Beagle Bone: http://beagleboard.org/bone
Element14 Beagle Bone Doc: http://www.element14.com/community/docs/DOC-45028/l/beaglebone-720mhz-arm-cortex-a8-neon-gpu-256-mib-ddr2-ethernet
Midnight Commander 4.6.1 running on BeagleBone with Angstrom Distribution.
BeagleBone is a linux box. So get all the classic linux tools!
mc aka Midnight Commander is a visual file manager (orthodox file manager) used in console work. It is released under under GNU GPL.
For those who are not familiar with mc it is a product in the line of nc – Norton Commander, Path Minder, dn – Dos Navigator, far, Windows Commander / Total Commander.
mc v4.6.1 runs smooth on BeagleBone/Angstrom, mc v126.96.36.199 needs the S-Lang Library (http://s-lang.org) so I skipped it.
Installing mc from source is simple but it takes some time for every step, is not like installing it on a server but you have enough time to read the full output without redirecting it to a file 🙂
wget http://www.midnight-commander.org/downloads/mc-4.6.1.tar.gz tar -xzvf mc-4.6.1.tar.gz cd mc-4.6.1 ./configure make make install
Angstrom Distribution: http://www.angstrom-distribution.org/
Element14 BeagleBone Doc: http://www.element14.com/community/docs/DOC-45028/l/beaglebone-720mhz-arm-cortex-a8-neon-gpu-256-mib-ddr2-ethernet
opkg install mc
Microchip shows a “up to 50% off” label for development tools:
January list is:
- M2M PICtail Daughter Boards >>> Get $60 Off – Use Coupon Code: TPAC320011 >>> Normal price: 199.00 USD
- Utility-Band BPSK 6.0 kbps PLM PICtail Plus Daughter Board >>> Save $75 – Use Coupon Code: TPAC164145 >>> Normal price: 225.00 USD
- Graphics Display Truly 5.7 640×480 Board >>> $90 Off – Use Coupon Code: TPAC164127 >>> Normal price: 269.99 USD
- Motor Control Starter Kit with mTouch Sensing >>> Save $30 – Use Coupon Code: TPDM330015 >>> Normal price: 89.99 USD
- Multimedia Expansion Board >>> Save $100 Now – Use Coupon Code: TPDM320005 >>> Normal price: 249.99 USD
Great! But I’m still waiting for the new tideals site…
One of the coolest DMM on the market:
Fluke 233 – the Remote Display Multimeter
This is a great DMM, but mine has a problem: the battery life!
Leaving the meter in OFF state, after some weeks, all the batteries are dead. Happened 4 times with different batteries.
It seems that the power-off state consumption is high and approximately the same value for both units.
Some guys from Element 14 are stating that is a flaw with the meters with s/n under 138xxx:
Fluke brings a new GREAT tool: the VT02 Visual IR Thermometer
One great tool way under the 1000 limit. The device combines the a +-2 centigrade precise spot thermometer with a small thermal imager and provides a precise heat map on a microSD.
The SmartView analysis and reporting PC software makes reporting easy using great report templates.
Distrelec lists it under 700 euro(VAT excluded).
- Range: -10 °C to +250 °C (14 °F to 482 °F)
- Accuracy: ±2°C or ±2% of reading in °C, whichever is the greater (at 25 °C nominal) as tested
- Image capture freq.: 8 Hz
- IR Spectral Band: 6.5 µm to 14 µm
- FoV: 20° X 20°
- Operating Conditions: -10 °C to +45 °C (14 °F to 113 °F) with 10 % to 90 % non-condensing humidity
LTE Components Drive Multimode Mobile Broadband
Enea and Freescale sponsored webinar: http://spectrum.ieee.org/webinar/2139648
Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
2:00 PM EDT / 11:00 AM PT / 18:00 GMT (Duration: 1 hour)
The availability and performance of LTE components are becoming a critical issues as carriers move ahead with LTE deployments. Highly integrated devices using the latest silicon technology are transforming this market. At this critical time we take a look at the latest solutions involving LTE for cellular base stations as well as the emerging HetNet (heterogeneous networks) technology to provide the fully integrated coverage and bandwidth that are needed in next-generation mobile infrastructure equipment.
Happy new year!
The Stellaris Launchpad – a good and cheap ARM tool.
The pre-registered Stellaris Launchpad version was 4.5USD only, actual version is 12.99 USD.
This fantastic board features two LX4F120H5QR (ARM Cortex M4 with floating point), one as ICD and one as target, two user switches and one RGB Led driven by 3 transistors.
The “target” clock oscillator is build with Y1 32k768 and Y2 16MHz Osc.
The power jumper allows you to measure the target’s power consumption.
Other great thing is the presence of the two gender stackable headers which allows any header connector/cable combination, the Piccolo C2000 had only dual-side (stackable) male headers.
General Launchpad links:
LaunchPad site: http://www.ti.com/launchpad
Stellaris Launchpad links:
Stellaris Launchpad page on TI Wiki: http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/Getting_Started_with_the_Stellaris_EK-LM4F120XL_LaunchPad_Workshop
Stellaris ICDI debug Drivers: http://www.ti.com/tool/stellaris_icdi_drivers (Stellaris Virtual Serial Port, ICDI DFU Device, ICDI JTAG/SWD Interface)
Stellaris LaunchPad User Manual (spmu289a): http://www.ti.com/litv/pdf/spmu289a
Build Your Own BoosterPack: http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/BYOB
QiLiCape-main-v035 x Víctor M.!
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