Category Archives: Electronics

Constant Current Electronic Load

I’m building a power supply and an electronic load might be useful for testing it, so I made one. The design is based on some of the various diy electronics loads out there (like the one from Dave Jones). The … Continue reading

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MSP430 and a HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Ranging Module

A while back I bought an HC-SR04. It sat in a box until yesterday when I tried to use it with an MSP430G2553 but unfortunately it wasn’t working. I used Energia to program the Launchpad but I wasn’t getting any response from … Continue reading

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Interfacing the ADS8328 to an MSP430

The ADS8328 is a high-speed, low power, successive approximation register (SAR) analog-to-digital converter (ADC) that uses an external reference. The ADS8328 has an internal clock that is used to run the conversion but can also be programmed to run the … Continue reading

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Interfacing the DAC7564 to an MSP430

In this article I’ll try to show how to use an MSP430 with a DAC7564. This is probably the first from a series of articles showing different devices I plan to use in a project. The DAC7564 The DAC7564 is … Continue reading

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Recycling electronics component

Electronics components can be recycled from discarded gadgets. The problem resides in identifying the parts. The passive components might be labeled like the resistors or resistor networks. Others might not, like capacitors or ferrite beads but you can easily find … Continue reading

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Adding Bluetooth to the MSP430 Launchpad

The National Semiconductor LMX9838 Bluetooth Serial Port module is a fully integrated Bluetooth 2.0 baseband controller, 2.4 GHz radio, crystal, antenna, LDO and discreets; combined to form a complete small form factor Bluetooth (BT) node[1] . I made a board (not … Continue reading

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Making an FM radio-Part 2; the incremental encoder

Despite being a digital radio capable of doing a lot of stuff I wanted a simple design with a knob for volume and another one to change station. The volume is just a potentiometer and for the stations I wanted … Continue reading

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