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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

gEDA Project - Electronic Design Automation tools

The gEDA project is working on producing a full GPL'd suite of Electronic Design Automation tools. These tools are used for electrical circuit  design, schematic capture, simulation, prototyping, and production.

gEDA  - Electronic Design Automation

Currently, the gEDA project offers a mature suite of free software applications for electronics design, including schematic capture, attribute management, bill of materials (BOM) generation, netlisting into over 20 netlist formats, analog and digital simulation, and printed circuit board (PCB) layout.

gEDA Project's Homepage

gEDA  - Electronic Design Automation

gschem is the schematic capture program/tool which is part of gEDA. Its sole purpose is to facilitate the graphical input of components/circuits.

Friday, July 06, 2018

Raspberry Pi BitScope

A fully integrated Test bench based on Virtual Instruments - mixed signal oscilloscope, logic analyzer, spectrum analyzer and waveform generator using BitScope connected via USB or Ethernet to the now very popular Raspberry Pi.

Raspberry Pi BitScope

Regardless of which BitScope you choose, the new BitScope Library is also available making it easy to create your own embedded test, measurement or data acquisition applications using BitScope and Raspberry Pi. Program in C/C++, Python or Pascal using an easy to use programming API.

 Raspberry Pi BitScope

BitScope Model 10 - World's Smallest Mixed Signal PC Based USB Oscilloscope!

BitScope Pocket Analyzer. It's a problem solver that fits in the palm of your hand. Perfect for designing, prototyping and debugging!

It has 100 MHz bandwidth, up to 40 MSps logic, simultaneous waveform and clock generation and offers serial control of connected devices.  It's the ideal tool for prototyping analog electronics projects, digital and logic circuits or Arduino, Raspberry Pi and other microcontroller based systems with busses, sensors, servos and I/O.

Monday, July 02, 2018

See a 3D View of your Eagle Cad Layout

With Eagle3D it is possible to generate a 3D View from your Board Layout. This will help you iron out mechanical clashes, thermal conflicts. Serviceability and Accessibility issues too.

See a 3D View of your Eagle Cad Layout wayback

On Panel PCB's Like front/back panels. Usability errors may become visible in this simulation. Connector and wiring layout can be better judged on 3D and strain relief and cable management can be planned in power electronics designs.

See a 3D View of your Eagle Cad Layout

In sensitive analog circuits; thermal, leakage or guard rings can be inspected. In RF circuits; the shielding, tracks and components can be studied for unwanted coupling, crosstalk or leakage. Finally safety factors also can be judged keeping the enclosure 3d or cabinet in hand.

Now we have low cost 3D CNC prototype makers. Rapid prototyping - additive or laser erosion. You can probably use this as a input for such a machine. Then you can fix it in a cabinet and complete the Mechanical Simulation. This will save wastage of parts, time and pcb's during prototyping.

A 3D Simulated View from Guido Fischer. More information about this board in German at

Arthernet - AVR Ethernet Modul

The heart of the module is the well-known ATmega128 microcontroller from Atmel®, which in addition to the Realtek RTL8019 Ethernet controller also has a USB and optionally an RS232 or CAN interface, enabling universal use of the module.

On the relatively small board with only 100mm x 80mm edge length, not least for reasons of space, a CPLD from Xilinx® is used. It contains the address decoder necessary for addressing up to 512KB Ram plus bank registers and is also responsible for the chip select control of the memory mapped and SPI devices.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Dual Polarity Power Supply

This supply gives both positive and negative outputs. Appropriate Fuses should be used to protect from fire hazard and overload of transformer.

Dual Polarity Power Supply

The Filter capacitor C1 4700uF has an impedance of Xc = 1 / (2 * 3.14 * f * C) which comes to 0.6 ohms at 50 Hz. The impedance of the load at 2A for 24V is R = V / I that is 12 Ohms which is more than 20 times the impedance of the capacitor at 50 Hz.

Power Supply Section

That means less than 1 / 20 of ripple current will flow thru the load. The Regulator also reduces the ripple a little.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Paul Falstad EE Applets and Tablet Apps

"These are some educational java applets I wrote to help visualize various concepts in math, physics, and engineering." - Paul Falstad - (now with HTML5 and Canvas)

Electronic Educational Applets - Paul Falstad
  • Math and Physics Applets - MyPhysicsLab - Physics Simulation with Java.
  • Index of Circuit Examples - Demonstrates various electronic circuits.
  • Digital Filters - Filters digital signals and plays the output on your speakers.
  • Acoustic Interference Applet - Audio interference between your speakers.
  • Waveguide Modes Applet - Electromagnetic waves in a waveguide.
  • Antenna Applet - Generates antenna radiation patterns.
Electronic Educational Applets - Paul Falstad

Analog Circuit Simulator Applet - Demonstrates various electronic circuits.

"This java applet is an electronic circuit simulator.  When the applet starts up you will see an animated schematic of a simple LRC circuit. The green color indicates positive voltage.  The gray color indicates ground.  A red color indicates negative voltage.  The moving yellow dots indicate current."

iCircuit is the easy to use electronic circuit simulator and designer - the perfect tool for students, hobbyists, and engineers.

Its advanced simulation engine can handle both analog and digital circuits and features realtime always-on analysis. It is the perfect companion to students, hobbyists, and engineers.

Learn + Make + Teach Electronics at EveryCircuit

Build any circuit, tap play button, and watch dynamic voltage, current, and charge animations. This gives you insight into circuit operation like no equation does. While simulation is running, adjust circuit parameters with analog knob, and the circuit responds to your actions in real time.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Getting Started in Electronics - Forrest M Mims III

Begin With the Basics - Learn about static electricity and how to make magnets and solenoids. Find out about direct current and alternating current. Then learn about electrical circuits that use batteries and lamps.

Getting Started in Electronics - Forrest M Mims III

Getting Started in Electronics - Forrest M Mims III

Other Books -
  • The Forrest Mims engineer's notebook
  • The Forrest Mims circuit scrapbook
Forrest Mim's Science Web site

Mims was interested in science at an early age, and he built an analog computer as a high school science fair project in 1960. While memorizing his Latin class vocabulary words, Mims conceived a computer that could translate twenty words from one language to another.

Forrest M. Mims III is an American amateur scientist

The input was six potentiometers (variable resistors) each having a dial with 26 letters. Entering the first six letters of the word on the potentiometers set a total electrical resistance. The memory of known words was a bank of 20 screwdriver-adjustable trimmer resistors.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Simple 555 Simulation Software

Each stage provides an array of design wizards, circuit blocks and information panels that facilitate the use of the 555 timer in projects. Component value calculations for the 555 take into account the supply voltage, timer fabrication (CMOS or Bipolar), and, where appropriate, load currents.

555 Timer Project Design Software for Beginners and Experts

555 Timer Project Design Software for Beginners and Experts

22 timer design wizards - 14 for the astable mode, 8 for the monostable mode

input circuitry - for gating an astable or triggering a monostable. Input categories are switch, touchplate, continuity, liquid level, AC detect, light, sound, and temperature.

counter wizards - facilitate divide by/count to strategies using common binary and decade counters
output circuitry - that can be activated by the 555 timer. Includes switching loads, driving motors, driving LEDs, lamps, numeric and bargraph displays, and audio, ultrasound and RF outputs

555 Timer

This program allows you to calculate Resistor and Capacitor values for both Astable and Monostable modes.

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