SDCC 3.3.0 Released

SDCC logoThe SDCC team is spoiling us with yet another great release. After a little less than one year of development and 3 release candidates the new 3.3.0 version is ready for download.

Besides the numerous bug fixes here is a list of the important changes since the release 3.2.0 (list taken from SDCC website):

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Freescale S08 Headers Under a Free Software License

Freescale logoOur staff has been working with Freescale to negotiate the release of S08 header files under a free software license to allow their inclusion in the SDCC distribution.
After more than one year of work and the superstar effort of Jim Trudeau at Freescale we finally received the package under the BSD 3-clause license.

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PWR01 - Small and Efficient AC-DC Flyback Converter

PWR01 TopDespite the significant advantages in size, weight and efficiency, switching AC-DC supplies are not very common with hobbyist due to their complexity and scarcity of ready to build kits.
PWR01 is a low power (~6W) universal voltage (100-240V) isolated AC-DC flyback converter based on the ST Microelectronics VIPer17. Either 5V or 12V output can be obtained using an off the shelf transformer.

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G78xxHE - DC-DC converter module in a TO-220 footprint

G78 AP5100 Linear regulators from the 7800 series are often the choice for electronics hobbyists because of their ease of use, versatility, robustness and availability. G78xxHE is a very small DC-DC converter aimed to be a "drop in" replacement for the 7800 series regulators in TO-220 package.

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SDCC 3.2.0 Released

SDCC logoThe SDCC team has been quite busy lately and they managed to put out yet another great release of the best free software compiler for microcontrollers. Version 3.2.0 adds S08 support (making our staff incredibly happy) and revives the support for gbz80.

Besides the numerous bug fixes here is a list of the important changes since the release 3.1.0 (list taken from SDCC website):

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maxtc - Breakout board for Maxim SPI thermocouple sensors

maxtc bare pcb The Maxim MAX6675 and the newer MAX31855 thermocouple to SPI interface chips are very popular with electronics enthusiasts because of their extreme ease of use combined with good accuracy.
Both devices however are only available in SMD package making breadboard prototyping very difficult without using a suitable breakout PCB. Standard thermocouple connectors are also not breadboard friendly further aggravating the issue.

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