Woo! I got my contest kit for the Microchip 16-bit Embedded Design Contest.
According to their website, each contest kit contains:
- Four 28-pin 16-bit processors with a wide range of features:
- Seventeen Bonus Parts to boost your overall score and permit you to
compete for the optional “Bonus Part” category prize:
|MCP9700||Voltage Output Temp Sensor||5-ld SC-70|
|MCP9800||Serial Output Temp Sensor||5-ld SOT-23|
|TC4427A||Low-Side MOSFET Driver||8-ld SOIC|
|MCP608||Precision, Dual Op Amp||8-ld SOIC|
|MCP6022||10MHz, Dual Op Amp||8-ld SOIC|
|MCP6S26||6-Channel PGA||14-ld SOIC|
|MCP3421||18-bit Del-Sig ADC||6-ld SOT-23|
|MCP4011||6-bit, Volatile Digipot||8-ld SOIC|
|ENC28J60||10BASE-T SPI Ethernet Controller||28-pin SPDIP|
|MRF24J40||IEEE 802.15.4TM RF Transceiver||40 pin QFN|
|24LC01BT-I/OT||1Kbit I2C serial EEPROM||5-ld SOT-23|
|24LC16BT-I/OT||16Kbit I2C Serial EEPROM||5-ld SOT-23|
|24LC512-I/SM||512Kbit I2C Serial EEPROM||8-ld SOIC(207 mil)|
|93LC46BT-I/OT||1Kbit Microwire Serial EEPROM||6-ld SOT-23|
|93LC66B-I/SN||4Kbit Microwire Serial EEPROM||8-ld SOIC|
|25LC010A-I/SN||1Kbit SPI Serial EEPROM||8-ld SOIC|
|25LC256-I/SN||256Kbit SPI Serial EEPROM||8-ld SOIC|
- Contestant Resource CD: This CD contains a wealth of tools, libraries and educational resources to
create an outstanding submission in minimal time. This CD is a must even
if your intention is only to evaluate Microchip’s 16-bit product lines.
- A fully enabled C compiler. Full features are retained for the duration of
the Contest (through October). This beats buying one for $895!
- Microchip’s complete MPLAB Integrated Development
- Communication and File Management Stacks
- Math and DSP Libraries
- Links to downloadable advanced libraries (Software Modems, Speech
Compression, much more – all free for you to use in the contest)
- Application Notes and code examples
- FilterLab and DSP visualization tools
- Self-education to ramp your learning on Microchip’s 16-bit products
- Data sheets and reference manuals for all the 16-bit parts
- Much more
- Coupons for Steep discounts on development tools: Now you can be set
up with a full development environment including programmer, debugger,
development board, C compiler, full access to libraries for under 100
Ok, I got this set of 3 USB SD Card adapters from eBay seller flash-mart.
The picture shows the innards of one, and a full one. They come in multiple colors. They’re nice because you can insert an SD card and put the cover back on. I’m thinking in particular about USB hard drives for the MSNTV2s with these.
Well, I got this one (a pack of 5) from eBay seller igozz.
See, this one’s simple. You plug a laptop hard drive on one end, and an IDE cable and Molex power adapter on the other, and you have a working internal hard drive for your PC.
I recently bought two Nokia LCDs from eBay seller talktalkmobiles, and each came with a free Torx-8 screwdriver.
The screens come from Nokia 3310, 3330 and 3390, and have built-in Philips PCD8544 controllers.
It has 8 pins on the back of the LCD.
- V+ (+3.3V)
- Vout (DC/DC voltage converter)
Here are some samples I got from Freescale Semiconductor.
must admit, they have amazing service. I placed an order, it shipped
within 24 hours, and was at my door 2 days later, thanks to the UPS
What we’ve got here:
- MC34940 – Electronic Field Imaging
- MCZ33990 – Enhanced Class B Serial Transciever
- MMA7261 – 3-axis 2.5-to-10G Accelerometer
(By the way, I love my Sigma Macro Lens, as you can see from the photo )
Ok, so.. Long story short, our Canadian Tire had a $30 Eliminator 1.8W solar panel on sale for $10 this week.
I couldn’t resist picking one up. it came with a Cigarette Lighter adapter, a barrel-plug adapter, and battery clips. I’m sure I could think of a PIC project or three I could run off of Solar Power. Right now, It’s hanging in my windows by suction cup to charge a couple of 7Ah 12V Sealed Lead Acid batteries.