Category Archives: hardware

SMD Temperature / Humidity Sensor

I made a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) for a project that I have been working on that a temperature and humidity sensor. My initial PCB had mostly Surface Mount Devices (SMD) parts but three parts were discrete through-hole parts. Through-hole … Continue reading

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All SMD Radio Transmitter

In a current personal(1), i.e., not for sale or distribution, project I have been using a Chinese ASK radio transmitter module – the STX-882, which I posted about back in February of this year. The STX-882 works well BUT being … Continue reading

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Caveat Emptor – SOIC8/SOP8 test clips

My mistake may benefit you if you are into budget surface mount PCB creation. I recently purchased an 8-pin  test clip for SOP8/SOIC8 surface mounted chips. My goal was to use my USBasp programmer to flash in-circuit ATTINY85-20SU chips. I … Continue reading

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CE012 Step-Up Boost – What’s Inside?

I am getting ready to design a circuit using the ME2108A Step-Up voltage converter, but first I wanted to closely examine the CE012 Voltage converter that I recently posted about – HERE. Since Canton Electronic’s  CE012 module performed so well … Continue reading

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Santa Light – What’s Inside

During the Christmas season I found a Santa light at the local Dollar Tree store. Knowing that it is just a garden light with a Santa head, I bought one just to experiment with. OK – I’m a little obsessed … Continue reading

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Garden Light Redux – Power Supply

NOTE: This post is a work in progress. As long as it ends with “To be Continued”, please check back occasionally for updates. The Garden Solar Light is a recurring interest of mine. It is often referred to as a Joule Thief but it … Continue reading

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Programming the ATTINY85-20SUR

This post ties together my two previous posts, “ATtiny85 SOIC chip Program Adapter” and “Universal programmer dusted off“. I inserted the ATTINY85-20SUR nested in the SOIC Adapter Socket OTS-20-1.27-01,  plugged it into my DIY Universal Programmer socket and connected it up to my USBasp programmer. … Continue reading

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ATtiny85 SOIC chip Program Adapter

When I purchased some surface mount ATtiny85 microcontrollers I didn’t realize that Atmel sold them in several widths, so I purchased the incorrect size SOIC programming adapter that would have enabled me to program the chip prior to soldering it … Continue reading

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Universal programmer dusted off

Lately, I have increased my microprocessor/gadget activity after a hiatus/slow down. A project that I have been (slowly) working on was developed and debugged on an Arduino NANO but the final target is a surface mounted SOIC ATtiny85-20SUR operating at 3-Volts. … Continue reading

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Dubious eBay SD Cards – Caveat Emptor

Over the years, I have purchased a number of SD cards through eBay – often shipped directly from China. Today I was reading the setup instructions for a recent acquisition – a PINE-64 board. Pine-64 was adamant that the micro-SD … Continue reading

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