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Temperature Sensor Project: Resistance Temperature Detectors (RTD)
In this part of the series, we’re looking at Resistance Temperature Detectors (RTD), which are among the most accurate temperature measuring elements we have easy access to.
The “Mini Monkey” Board – Using the LPC55S69 in the VFBGA98 Package
For as long as I can remember, I have been a microcontroller addict. In 2020 there is no shortage of component selection. We are also at an interesting period where MCUs can tackle complicated tasks that we may have chosen a high-end applications processor for. Quite a bit of my career has been focused on doing really awesome things in the MCU space as you get a great balance of cost, design control, and simplicity. I am always on the lookout for
Huge Vu-meter with RGB LEDs Project
A laboratory journal to guide you through the steps to develop a successful product that value-conscious customers are sure to love.
Customizing Performance-Based Electrical Design Rules in Altium Designer
Electrical design rules go beyond manufacturing and assembly. PCBs also require electrical design rules that are based on a signals’ electrical behavior.
Class-D Amplifier Design and PCB Layout
Altium Designer makes it easy to design your own Class-D audio amplifier design. Here’s a simple project to help you get started.
Design Your Own USB-MicroSD Card Reader PCB
Altium Designer makes it easy to design your own USB-MicroSD card reader. Here’s a simple project to help you get started.
Temperature Sensor Project: Intro
In this project we will build a range of PCBs which will cover all the temperature sensor types and circuits to implement them.
Low Noise, Low EMI Power Distribution
This board has several loads on it, but it is purely a distribution board with no regulation. The main loads are the hefty 5V Tilta nano focus motor, 5V SDI to HDMI converter, 5V Tilta follows focus control, and the battery voltage powered monitor. Out of these, only the SDI to HDMI convert needs remotely clean power. The motor, however, is very electrically noisy, so it needs good isolation.
Single Cell Lithium Polymer Battery Charger Project
Learn how to create your first Altium project. This simple example shows you how to build a low-cost USB powered single cell lithium polymer battery charger.
RGB + White LED Strip Controller
I’ve been playing around with RGB LED strips recently for lighting up my test equipment rack as well as some display shelves. On the display shelves, I have the RGB LED strips behind the shelves, which gives a great definition to the objects on the shelf. But I also want to have a high CRI white LED strip on each shelf to light up the objects. Typical RGBW LED strips available through online marketplaces do not have very good white LEDs, and I’m
12V DC Uninterruptible Power Supply
I live in a rural village that tends to have intermittent power when there are high winds or storms. Because of this, my computers, servers, and network equipment are all on relatively low-cost, uninterruptible power supplies. These all run on sealed lead acid batteries and are not an overly efficient way to power a DC device such as a Raspberry Pi or internet router as the incoming mains. AC charges a DC battery, which then creates AC power
Current Monitor and Controller Project in Altium Designer
In a previous project, I discussed options for using Current Transformers, and built a single channel amplifier/precision rectifier for one. In this project, we’re taking that idea to new levels. The house I rent has only 240V/16A to the garage. This is unfortunate, because as a Maker, I have some pretty fun toys in my garage, such as a CNC router and laser cutter. I have some moulds to machine for an upcoming big project in which I’ll be
Creating a Powerful 150W LED Driver for Driving Large Lighting Panels
Most of my recent projects have been working towards building a high CRI (Colour Rendering Index) light panel for cinematography. A good quality video light panel is expensive, and for good reason, but as a maker, I tend to like buying things instead of just buying them. My goal was to build a 300-320W panel. However, I’ve come to realize that the limitation for a panel with that many LEDs is not driving them, but instead reflowing the board. A
USB Charger Project in Altium Designer: Part 2
In a previous blog post, I showed the process for building a schematic for a custom USB charger board using Altium Designer. This board requires a small number of components and some particular attention to the power supply design/decoupling networks, but aside from this it’s quite easy to build out the connections you need for the USB A connectors. Here, I’ll show the strategy for translating this schematic into a compact board with a small form
USB Charger Project in Altium Designer: Part 1
When I’m in my office, I keep my pluggable USB charger around, otherwise the battery on my phone is likely to run out. If you want to build your own USB charger, you can create your own USB charger board with the powerful schematic design and layout tools in Altium Designer. Here, I’ll present the overall design process for a portable USB charger. The charger requires 12 V of power and charges two external devices through two USB ports. We’ll
Current Transformers: How To Project
If you need to measure the current from an AC source, a current transformer can be a low cost, accurate option. You can find current transformers designed specifically for anything between 50/60Hz power line applications and much higher frequencies that are more suitable for industrial/scientific machinery or process monitoring. Current transformers are non-contact and non-invasive, meaning that you do not need to run AC power through your
48V to 3.3V Regulator Design Project
Recently, I have been working on a 300W LED panel project. I’ve already written an article about building a 65W LED driver, and another about simulating it on PDN analyzer. However, there are some features I still want to implement, one of which is wireless dimming capability on the panels. Wireless dimming is important because getting the perfect balance of light is difficult when you have to keep pulling a light down from the top of a tall pole