MCU

ISO232 - Optically isolated USB to RS232 interface

ISO232 A00RS232 are still very popular to control legacy equipment. In industrial settings with long cable runs, interference and different ground references it is necessary to have galvanic isolation. ISO232 is a simple implementation using the FTDI FT230X and opto isolators that can reach speeds up to 115200baud.

Schematics

The schematics is divided in four main portions.

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GRAND - 6Mbps USB True Random Number Generator

GRANDA good random numbers generator is fundamental to ensure the security of many modern data encryption algorithms. Depending on the workload, the entropy collected automatically by the kernel might not be sufficient to generate the random numbers at the requested rate. In these cases an external entropy source can greatly improve performance. GRAND is a USB TRNG (True Random Number Generator) based on the ST Microelectronics STM32.

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GRAD-A01 - Micropower Geiger-Müller Counter Arduino Shield

GRAD A01Like many other hobbyist we have always been fascinated by radioactivity and the sensors to detect it. Geiger-Müller tubes are a common and relatively inexpensive way to measure radiation. GRAD is a complete solution for radiation counting in an Arduino shield form factor. Its main features are dual tube support to increase sensitivity and very low power consumption.

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NUPS - MCU UPS with NiMH Batteries

NUPS A00Many MCU applications are portable and need a mean to provide power on the go. There are many solution based on Li-ION and Li-Polymer batteries. However Lithium chemistries need sophisticated charging and protection circuits to avoid dangerous situations. For lower power projects NiMH batteries provide a simpler and safer alternative. NUPS (NiMH UPS) can provide 3.3V and 5V using 1 to 3 AA or AAA NiMH cells.

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GRAD-A00 - Micropower Geiger-Müller Counter Arduino Shield

A new version of this project is available here

GRAD A00Like many other hobbyist we have always been fascinated by radioactivity and the sensors to detect it. Geiger-Müller tubes are a common and relatively inexpensive way to measure radiation. GRAD is a complete solution for radiation counting in an Arduino shield form factor. Its main features are dual tube support to increase sensitivity and very low power consumption.

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EFM8 Flash - Multi platform GUI Flash tool for Silicon labs EFM8UB1 USB MCUs

EFM8 Flash LinuxSilicon Labs makes many excellent 8051 based MCUs. All the MCUs in the EFM8UB line have a native USB and are pre-programmed with a USB HID bootloader. EFM8 Flash is a small GUI tool to flash the MCU from a binary file. The program uses the wxwidgets toolkit for a native look in all supported operating systems and hidapi for cross platform compatibility.

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T232-A02 - Simple DB9 RS232 monitor and breakout board

A new version of this project is available here

T232RS232 monitors are quite common but most of them use the standard good old DB25 connectors. The majority of the RS232 ports in use today however use the smaller DB9 connector. This forces the use chains of adapters to get the commercial monitor/breakout boards working. The GGLABS T232 solves the problem by providing native DB9 connections.

T232-A01 - Simple DB9 RS232 monitor and breakout board

A new version of this project is available here

T232RS232 monitors are quite common but most of them use the standard good old DB25 connectors. Most of the RS232 ports in use today however use the DB9 connector. This forces the use chains of adapters to get the commercial monitor/breakout boards working. The GGLABS T232 solves the problem by providing native DB9 connections.

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