Despite a number of alternates and variations being available USB 2.0 remains the most popular form of connectivity to include in a device. This is as true of prototype and one off projects as it is mass produced equipment. Whilst a number of options are available to achieve adding it, Quick USB modules are a solution which we would not hesitate to recommend. Continue reading “Affordable and reliable USB for your projects” »
In order for microcontrollers to work effectively they need to be able to communicate with devices without needing to be connected to a host computer. This is important otherwise the micro part would be lost; in order to accommodate the computer controllers would have to be far larger and more expensive.
There are, to start this article with wording we wouldn’t normally use, very few areas of our world which are not touched by controversy from time to time. Our area of expertise – programmers, chips and other forms of electronic tools – is by no means an exception to this. If we were asked to identify one area in particular which has been controversial over the years, it is with little or no hesitation that we’d say universal programmers. Continue reading “Understanding what universal means in universal programmers” »
It is true of virtually any industry that there is always one brand name which stands out for excellence more than any other. In respect of our field of speciality, Sena is such a brand. This is of course particularly true in respect of Bluetooth ZigBee device servers. These are a highly in-demand product, and Sena command an unrivalled position in terms of delivering the best and most reliable ones.
An AVR is a low cost programmable microcontroller that can be used in a wide number of different electronic products. The AVR offers everything that a larger chip provides, including memory, ADC and serial ports but in a much smaller package. Many components can be connected directly onto the AVR microcontroller, saving space and increasing your ability to customise the chip to suit your needs.
Portable PIC programmers allow engineers, developers and technicians to work much faster and with minimal difficulty. They can be pre-programmed with various different programs via a PC, then uploaded to a PIC microcontroller by simply plugging in and selecting the right one.
With Wi-Fi networks and connectivity being so prevalent in this day and age there’s a tendency to, for want of a better term, “forget” about Bluetooth. Although it was, for many, the first experience many had with wireless connectivity, the speed, power and range possible with Wi-Fi has seen a substantial change in how we wirelessly connect devices. It would, however, be wrong to say Bluetooth has been abandoned all together. In the programming environment it still holds many distinct advantages. We supply Bluetooth starter kits designed to let you access them. Continue reading “The programming benefits of Bluetooth” »
Atmel have added a new feature to Atmel Studio from 6.2 on-wards including 7. You can now create a single file that contains all the data needed to program an AVR or ATxmega microcontroller. This includes flash, EEPROM, fuses, lock bits and ATxmega User Row. This is called an ELF production file and Kanda AVR Handheld Programmers now support this format.
Having the ability to carry out in system programming (ISP) on microcontrollers and programmable logic devices has many benefits. Being able to change, amend or update instruction sets on an as-is system is a far more preferable approach than having to make controller and hardware changes to accommodate it. Continue reading “SuperPro ISP01 – The ultimate in ISP programmers” »
We are delighted to confirm that we’ve introduced support for JTAG programming to a number of our handheld programmers. Although this is still being rolled out across all models, at this stage we have got it in place on our most popular models of normal AVR and ISP devices. Continue reading “Bringing JTAG compatibility to handheld programmers” »