Silicon Chip - May 2014
by Silicon Chip
The new May issue of Silicon Chip has just arrived. This month build a easy to use
RGB LED Strip Driver. Red-Green-Blue LED Strips are now available cheaply in long lengths and
can provide a very interesting visual display. This unit can easily control the series of
LED's to produce attractive multi-color display and light sequences. The unit has Six 3-Channel
Outputs for each LED, the unit is powered by 12-17Vdc, so there are no mains voltages on the board.
The unit has 10 different pre-programmed patterns with a auto-cycle mode for switching the patterns
periodically. Also this month, the new Micromite microcontroller, this is a PIC Microcontroller preloaded
with a BASIC intepreter, making programming very easy with simple BASIC Commands. This month build a
GPS Digital Clock with schematics and code provided to build a highly accurate clock with just a few parts and
a few lines of code. Finally this month, a Deluxe Fan Speed Controller for 240Vac Mains Fans, this unit
provides full speed control from a smooth slow to maximum speed, with no radio interence.
This month's features include a quick review of some of the Andriod Apps available for the Electronics
enthusiast, with Oscilloscopes, tone generators, circuit simulators and much more available to
download to your smartphone. Also a look at the new GertDuino board, which combines both the
Raspberry Pi and Arduino Boards. Finally a review of the latest Mixed Domain Oscilloscope from
Tektronix, this powerful unit combines a four-channel digital storage oscilloscope, logic
analyser, protocol analyser, spectrum analyser and frequency counter into a single unit.
Plus all the regular columns, including the Circuit Notebook,
Serviceman's Log and Vintage Radio are included, providing stacks of great reading.
Part Code: SILCHIPMAY2014
- Android Apps for Tech-Savvy Users
- The GertDuino Board from Element 14
- Review: Tektronix MDO3054 Mixed Domain Oscilloscope
- RGB LED Strip Controller/Driver
- The Micromite: An Easily Programmed Microcontroller, Part 1
- 40V Switchmode Bench Power Supply, Part 2
- Deluxe 230VAC Fan Speed Controller