Nowadays many of the most "exiting" chips come only in leadless packages, such as BGA and QFN which are hard or impossible to solder just by soldering iron, because leads are under the chip where they can't be reached. These kinds of chips are usually soldered using reflow soldering ...read more
Ionizing radiation is something that almost anyone finds exciting (or scary) and I've also been for long wanted to build a Geiger counter. Unfortunately Geiger tubes have usually been too expensive to seriously consider buying them just for a hobby project. But I found out that sovtube sold soviet ...read more
Brainfuck is a minimalist programming language. It's mostly a toy and writing any real programs with it is almost impossible. Its design is very simple, the whole language has only eight valid instructions which operate on an array of bytes initialized to zero. Data on the array is manipulated ...read more
PIC16F84 is old 8-bit microprocessor made by Microchip. It was once very popular among the hobbyists, because of its low price. It was the first microprocessor I started to use so I thought it would be fun to try remaking it in VHDL. The source code is open source and ...read more
Some time ago I needed an UART for a project. Things it needed to do were very simple and I didn't want to add a microprocessor to use UART and instead decided to just code a simple finite state machine to use it.
But I couldn't find a ...read more
I've been playing with the electronic circuit genetic algorithm design program. I have tried to make some stable bandgap voltage references, so far results have been promising, but not very good. None of the resulting circuits could be used in a production, except if you don't care much ...read more
I've been working for a while on a program that automatically generates analog electronic circuits using evolutionary algorithms. It's still very much a work in progress, but I've used it to generate some useful circuits. Current workings of the program is as follows:
- Programmer decides a goal ...
A long time ago I read from some book, probably some of the Jim William's or Bob Pease's books, interesting trick to approximate the cutoff frequency of a simple low or high pass filter. Below is equation for the cutoff frequency of a first order low or high ...read more