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.
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” »
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” »
The Wellon VP-290 Universal Programmer is one of the cheapest universal programmers on the market but its build quality and reliability are excellent. It only has a 40-pin ZIF socket unlike other Wellon programmers that have 48-pin ZIF sockets. This means it is really only suitable for devices with 40 pins are less. The only exception is chips in 44 PLCC packages, such as AVR microcontrollers, which are supported by the VP-290.
Kanda have become distributors for Waveshare who manufacture low cost but high quality products. As well as a range of Arduino boards and shields, Waveshare make AVR microcontroller tools, Bluetooth, WiFi and Zigbee modules and FPGA development kits and programmers.
What a mess! The UK doesn’t seem capable of organising any large engineering projects, including power stations, airports or railways. This is not because of a failure of technology or engineering ability, it is completely the fault of the politicians.