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Neat PC scope + sig gen + spectrum analyser lands on tech desk

Neat PC scope + sig gen + spectrum analyser lands on tech desk

An unsolicited PC-based instrument landed on the tech desk at Electronics Weekly.

It is the minimalist BitScope Micro (BS05), whose delightfully clever enclosure is a length of heatshrink sleeving.

It combines:

Scope
Logic analyser
Protocol analyser
Data recorder
Spectrum analyser
Arbitrary waveform generator
Clock generator

(Full spec below)

If…

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Free 3D Gerber viewer

Free 3D Gerber viewer

Someone called Rafal Powierski got in touch about a 3D Gerber file viewer he has written.

Now, I cannot vouch for any of it, so do your own due diligence, but the video looks pretty interesting.

There is also a simulated pcb fly-through.

Apparently, this is largely a weekend…

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Fingers crossed for long wavelength LEDs

Having made a few things containing leds, it has always been nice to have an easy supply of light sources that do not affect night vision – for example, illuminating a scrolling map box for long-distance off-road motorcycle racing (in those pre-GPS days), and the dashboard of a…

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LED flasher circuit

LED flasher circuit

With cycling safety in mind, I bought a pair of low power red LED things that replace the bungs in the end of drop handlebars.

They are a neat way to get a bit of extra visibility – and to give a bicycle some visual width, I assume.

Sadly, the ones…

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Neat log current source

Neat log current source

I take my hat off to engineers that know transistors in every intimate detail.

The other day, searching for something else completely, I came across Nat Semi (now TI) document LB-38 ‘Wide range timer’.

It times from 2ms to 2,000s using a single potentiometer – a million to one…

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Digital audio amplification [Updated]

Digital audio amplification [Updated]

I can’t believe it.

Good Class-D amplifiers are nothing like as expensive as I would have guessed.

Topping, for example, seems to have quite a good name, and you can buy a 15+15W one for under £50 – the T20.

And it seems to be over 80% efficient…

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Getting to sleep at night despite technology

A wise friend of mine once pointed out that drinking too much coffee doesn’t necessarily stop you going to sleep.

What it can do, is stop you getting back to sleep if you wake up for some reason in the early morning – to have a pee for example.

And…

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Tiny 3-axis robot - update

Tiny 3-axis robot - update

It turns out I can say more.

A representitive for Piccolo just phoned me up and said a bunch of stuff.

It seems this intriguing I have just been told Piccolo is open-source and was created by Diatom Studio in London, an is described as : “designed as a fun…

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