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Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - December 2010

Silicon Chip - December 2010

by Silicon Chip

Just Arrived the new December Issue of Silicon Chip, with plenty of exciting, state of the art projects. This month's projects include a hot-wire cutter for cutting polystyrene and polyurethane materials. A hot wire cutter allows you to cut these precisely with a fine sharp cut and is ideal for working on models, hobbies and furniture work. Also this month a Universal USB Data Logger, which will measure and store data on a removable memory card. The board incorporates a real-time clock for date stamping the readings, as well as a computer connection for downloading the data. Up to six digital sensor inputs are available with four analog inputs too. The unit has a separate power supply and features a low power design, enabling the unit to be mounted remotely for taking readings and then downloading them at a later date. This month also has the third part of the DAB project, with explanations of the software, as well the third part of the Digital Lighting Controller project.
This month's articles include an excellent article on soldering SMD components, a lot of IC's are now only available in SMD parts, this guide will help you soldering and mounting these parts on your board. Together with a look at desoldering and removing SMD parts as well. Also this month, how to convert your cordless drill to a 12V battery connector, so it can be used with a car cigarette lighter connection or SLA battery.

Together with the regular real life tales from the Serviceman's Log as well as the Circuit Notebook and your Questions.


Features

  • Soldering SMD's
  • Recycle Your Cordless Drill

Projects

  • Hot-Wire Cutter with Inbuilt Heat Controller
  • Digital/Analog USB Data Logger
  • Digital Lighting Controller for Christmas Light Show, Part 3
  • High Quality DAB+ / FM Tuner, Part 3
  • Build a Hearing Loop Level Meter, Part 2


Last 3 for US$4.90



Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - November 2010

Silicon Chip - November 2010

by Silicon Chip

In this month's features, we have a look at the new Broadband Radar for boating, this new technology offers greater accuracy and is available at a low price than conventional radar products. This article covers the basics of the design, how it can be used and the products available. Also this month a look at the new pcb design software from Altium, this latest version offers many improvements as well as the NanoBoard 3000 a FPGA hardware development platform.

This month's projects include an easy to build Hearing Loop Level Meter, for use with the Hearing Loop System. An RFID Security system, which can be built cheaply and combined with an electronic look to implement an easy to use access system for your home or office. This month also includes the second part of the exciting new High Quality DAB+/FM Tuner Project, this allows digital radio reception, as well as standard FM broadcasts. Also the second part of the Ultrasonic Anti-Fouling Unit for boards, this article covers the installation with plenty of pictures and easy to follow instructions.

Plus all the regular great columns.
Grab a copy now, at an unbeatable price of only $6.90


Features

  • Broadband Radar: A Quantum Leap Forward
  • Review: Altium Designer

Projects

  • Build A Hearing Loop Level Meter
  • Digital Lighting Controller for Christmas Shows, Part 2
  • An RFID Security System
  • High Quality DAB+/FM Tuner, Part 2
  • Ultrasonic Anti-Fouling Unit for Boats, Part 2


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Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - October 2010

Silicon Chip - October 2010

by Silicon Chip

Just Arrived the new October Issue of Silicon Chip, with plenty of exciting, state of the art projects. This month features an exciting new Digital Radio and FM Tuner to build. This unit boasts exceptional performance and will allow you to set your favourite channels, with a digital LCD readout and infrared remote control. The quality and performance of this unit is outstanding, amaze your friends when you say you built this yourself. Also this month, an easy to build GPS Boat Computer, this is an inexpensive and very practical unit to build, with indication of current position, speed and heading, fuel consumption, engine run time and much more. The unit can be constructed in a few hours and will prove invaluable for the recreational fisherman. Finally, this month a Digital Controller for Christmas Light Shows, this will allow you to bring your lights to life, with flash mode, dim up, dim down and pulsing the lights to music.

This month's articles include a look at the new Eye-Fi, Wireless Digital Photography, this allows easy transfer of your photos, without having to worry about cables and different programs. Also a look at the upcoming Jamboree on the Air, this exciting event will bring together half a million Scouts and Guides from around the world.

Together with the regular real life tales from the Serviceman's Log as well as the Circuit Notebook and your Questions.


Features

  • Eye-Fi: Wireless Digital Photography
  • Jamboree On The Air
  • Designing & Installing A Hearing Loop for the Deaf, Part 2

Projects

  • High Quality DAB+/FM Tuner, Part 1
  • Digital Controller for Christmas Light Shows
  • Two Toslink-S/PDIF Audio Converters to Build
  • Build a GPS Boat Computer


Last 9 for US$4.90



Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - September 2010

Silicon Chip - September 2010

by Silicon Chip

This month's features include a look at the new LED technology to replace the very common fluorescent lamps. These new LED tubes offer a number of advantages in both energy consumption nad heating. This month's article takes a look at this technology and compares it other options. Also this month a look at designing and installing a Hearing Loop system for the deaf. For people with hearing impairments, this system will enable them to hear easily from any location in the room, ideal for church services, meetings or concerts, this article looks at the products available and how to set-up this system.

This month's projects include an exciting new Ultrasonic Anti-Fouling System for boats. Tired of having the scrape away all of the growth on the bottom of your boat, this useful system will prevent the build up of marine growth on the hull of your boat, leading to reduced fuel consumption and improved performance. The project is quite easy to build and can be easily fitted to most small boats. Also this month, following on from the Hearing Loop article, is a Hearing Loop Receiver project. This compact unit, provides excellent sound output with low power consumption for long life. The unit can be easily constructed and includes just two IC's. Finally this month, a high-performance microphone preamplifier project, ideal for recording of sound/speech from a microphone to a computer or connecting to a PA system.

Plus all the regular great columns.
Grab a copy now, at an unbeatable price of only $4.90


Features

  • LED Replacements for Flourescent Lamps
  • Review: Fusion 6000 Marine Audio/Video System
  • Designing and Installing A Hearing Loop for the Deaf, Part 1

Projects

  • Ultrasonic Anti-Fouling Unit for Boats, Part 1
  • High Performance Microphone Preamplifier
  • Build a Hearing Loop Receiver
  • Electrolytic Capacitor Reformer & Tester, Part 2


Last One for US$4.90



Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - August 2010

Silicon Chip - August 2010

by Silicon Chip

Just Arrived the new August Issue of Silicon Chip, with a wealth of interesting articles and projects, this magazine is ideal for the electronics enthusiast. This month's articles, include a look at some of the new Solar Power stations, how they work and the amount of power they produce. Is it economic alternative, we look at some of the new plants and technology used. Also this month, a look at Quad Hi-Fi Gear, how does it compare with modern equipment. This article provides an indepth comparison with frequency response and distortion curves. Finally this month a review of the new Hameg Arbitary Function Generator, this fantastic unit is capable of delivering a 14-bit arbitary waveform at 250MS/s, together with square wave, triangle wave, PWM and FSK outputs.

This month's projects include a high-power reversible DC Motor Speed Controller, this powerful unit can deliver up to 30A with voltages from 12-32V. The unit features soft-starting, direction control and PWM speed control. Ideal for use with electric wheelchairs or scooters. Also this month a easy to use, Remote Controlled Digital Up/Down Timer, this unit has large bright Seven-Segment LED Display, which can easily be read. The unit will count up or down from 1 second to 100 hours and is controlled through a standard remote control. A relay and buzzer output are also provided for switching external equipment. Finally this month, a large ultrasonic cleaner for cleaning large mechanical parts. This unit is ideal for trophies, car parts and tankards, etc.

Together with the regular real life tales from the Serviceman's Log as well as the Circuit Notebook and your Questions.


Features

  • Solar Power When the Sun Doesn't Shine
  • Flat Panel TV 42 Years Ago
  • Quad HiFi Gear: How It Stacks Up 30 Years On

Projects

  • Reversible DC Motor Speed Controller
  • Remote Controlled Digital Up/Down Timer
  • Build a Large Ultrasonic Cleaner
  • Electrolytic Capacitor Reformer & Tester



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Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - July 2010

Silicon Chip - July 2010

by Silicon Chip

This month a look at the exciting new products available to the Boating enthusiasts, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show featured a wide range of new products for navigation, solar power, communication and fuel economy. Also this month, a look at some of the exciting new developments with 3D TV, we look at how the images are recorded and produced for live television events.

This month's projects include a useful 12V Intelligent Fan Controller, this simple unit monitors the temperature at 4 separate points and controls the Fans accordingly. The unit includes an easy to use Windows Program, which also indicates the temperatures at the different points as well as the fan speeds. The unit is based on the PIC18F2550 microcontroller and is easy to build and inexpensive. Also this month, a PICACE development board for easy programming and testing of your PICAXE microcontrollers. This unit provides a USB programming connection as well as a number of standard sockets for testing UHF data transmitting and receiving. A large prototype area is also included for additional IC's and output LED's etc. Finally this month, a highly professional digital potentiometer unit, this unit provides a highly accurate programmed output. The unit is easy to program with a keypad and LCD display for easy to read instructions and output values. This month includes the second part of the Dual Tracking Power Supply project, with all the assembly and testing details.

Plus all the regular great columns.
Grab a copy now, at an unbeatable price of only $4.90


Features

  • Electronics Goes Boating
  • 3DTV: From Stadium to Living Room
  • Programming PIC Microcontrollers

Projects

  • An Intelligent 12V Fan Controller
  • PICAXE Project Development System
  • Lab-Standard 16-Bit Digital Potentiometer
  • Dual Tracking ±19V Power Supply, Pt.2


Last 7 for US$4.90



Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - June 2010

Silicon Chip - June 2010

by Silicon Chip

Just Arrived the new June Issue of Silicon Chip, with a wealth of interesting articles and projects, this magazine is ideal for the electronics enthusiast. This month's articles, include an interesting look at an Australian manufactured Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV's), the new Silvertone Flamingo. This lightweight UAV can travel at speeds of up to 144km/h and has a maximum ceiling of 4500m together with a flying time of up to seven hours. The plane is currently being used for a wide range of interesting applications, including crop monitoring, planning and mapping, water storage monitoring. Also this month a look at the new 3D camera rig, the SpeedWedge, this new camera allows 3D films to be produced quickly and efficiently.

This month's projects include a Air-Quality Meter for checking the CO and CO2 levels in your home, boat or caravan. This easy to build unit, displays the CO and CO2 levels in a 15 level bargraph, an audible alarm is also provided if the level exceeds a preset alarm level. A fan is also included to ensure a fresh and accurate suply of air to the sensors mounted inside the unit. Also this month, a useful Dual Tracking Power Supply for your workbench. This professional looking unit, can deliver up to 1.6A and provides an accuracy of within 1% with a full digital display. Ideal for the project builder, this unit can be built with a AC Plugpack input, so no mains wiring is required. Finally this month, another project for the serviceman or electrical contractor, the Digital Insulation Meter is ideal for testing wiring, tools and other forms of insulation. The unit has a selectable test voltage and provides a digital readout of the insulation level. The unit is very easy to use and can be built in several hours.

Together with the regular real life tales from the Serviceman's Log as well as the Circuit Notebook and your Questions.

Features

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, An Australian Perspective
  • Breakthrough Aussie Innovation: Making 3D Movies
  • Review: LeCroy WaveAce 112 Digital Storage Oscilloscope

Projects

  • Air-Quality Meter for Checking CO & CO2 Levels
  • Dual Tracking Power Supply, Part 1
  • Build a Digital Insulation Meter
  • A Solar-Powered Lighting System, Part 2



Only 4 Left for US$4.90



Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - May 2010

Silicon Chip - May 2010

by Silicon Chip

This month some practical down-to earth articles on saving money around your office. We look at how you can save up to 50% off your lighting bill, with the replacement of light fittings with more modern equipment and some practical steps to lower your power bill. Also this month a practical design guide to using the TDA7377 12V Amplifier IC, this amplifier IC delivers excellent and accurate performance for amplifier designs. This month we look at designing an amplifier using this IC, together with a complete project in this issue.

This month's projects includes a Solar-Powered Lighting System, this unit is ideal for use in the shed, greenhouse or garage. The unit uses all readily available parts and includes a very efficient charging method to ensure maximim charge. High efficiency LED lights are used for the illumination and can provide sufficent light for a large room. Also the month a compact 20W Stereo Amplifier based on the TDA7377 IC. This unit features excellent performance and can be used for both music and PA applications. Finally this month a useful, USB charger for your car. Instead of using the standard linear regulators, this unit uses a switch mode power supply, to deliver up to 89% efficiency, ideal for use when charging your phone or iPOD in a remote location.

Plus all the regular great columns.
Grab a copy now, at an unbeatable price of only $5.90

Features

  • Slash Your Factory/Office Lighting Bill
  • A Look at the TDA7377 Quad 12V Amplifier IC
  • Review: Tektronix DMM4050 6.5 Digit Multimeter

Projects

  • A Solar-Powered Lighting System
  • Build a Compact 12V 20W Stereo Amplifier
  • Low-Power Car/Bike USB Charger
  • Digital Audio Signal Generator, Part 3


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Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - April 2010

Silicon Chip - April 2010

by Silicon Chip

Just Arrived the new April Issue of Silicon Chip, with a wealth of interesting articles and projects, this magazine is ideal for the electronics enthusiast. This month's articles, include an interesting look at the coming 3D TV's available and the technology required to produce 3D films and photographs. This brief overview looks at the history of 3D television from it's early days over 100 years ago, to the latest in high-tech video equipment from Sony, Panasonic and others. Also this month, following the success of the WEB project, we answer some of the most commonly asked questions about setting up and operating the unit. This unit is a simple low cost unit for remote control and monitoring over the internet. Finally this month, a review of the high accuracy 6.5 digit benchtop multimeter, this unit features very high accuracy together with USB output for recording and computer monitoring.

This month's projects include a capacitor leakage adaptor for DMM's. This unit is easy to build and plugs directly into a standard multimeter. Ideal for the technician or test engineer, the unit has an adjustable test voltage from 10 to 100V, together with selectable test switches and led indication of operation. Also this month a EHT probe to measure high voltages in CRT monitors, TV's, photocopies and more. The unit divides the voltage by 1,000 for output to a standard multimeter. This unit is simple to build and is ideal for the serviceman's toolkit. Finally this month, a professional easy to control Arduino Compatible I/O controller, this unit features 8 relay outputs, 4 opto-isolated inputes and 3 analog inputs. The unit is easy to connect to a standard controller and also includes support for a standard USB and RS485 connection.

Together with the regular real life tales from the Serviceman's Log as well as the Circuit Notebook and your Questions.

Features

  • 3D TV is Here at Last
  • FAQ's On The Web Server In a Box (WIB)
  • Review: PICOTEST M3510A 6.5 Digit Multimeter

Projects

  • Capacitor Leakage Adaptor for DMM's
  • A 1000:1 EHT Probe
  • Arduino Compatible I/O Controller
  • Digital Audio Signal Generator, Part 2



Last Few for US$4.90



Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - March 2010

Silicon Chip - March 2010

by Silicon Chip

Just arrived, the new March issue of Silicon Chip, loaded with useful articles and projects for the electronics hobbyist. This month's articles look at the new MacBook 2010 from Apple. This new laptop is a major upgrade with many improvements to the operating system and laptop performance. A completely new trackpad, allows you to swish and use one or more fingers to control the opening/closing of windows and applications. Also this month a look at Full HD and what is needed to receive and transmit these high image programs. Finally, a look at a new early warning system being developed for bush fires, these fires are both destructive in terms of property and people, a number of existing systems can be easily utilized to minimise the risk and provide adequate warning to those in danger areas.

This month's projects include an easy to build Solar Powered Intruder Alarm. This unit is ideal for remote areas, where mains power is not available. The unit can be easily installed on a boat or in the backyard shed. The unit has entry and exit delays, adjustable alarm periods and has low current requirements. A single solar cell can be used to provide a trickle charge to maintain the battery used with the system. Also this month, a top of the range Digital Audio Signal Generator, this unit is loaded with features, as well as offering very high accuracy. The unit supports five different waveform types, including sine, square, triangle and two sawtooth patterns. The range is adjustable from 1Hz to 24kHz. The harmonic distortion of the waveforms is extremely low and the performance specs are similar to units costing much more. Also this month, a low capacitance adapter for DMM's. This adapter will allow you to measure from less than 1pF to over 10nF. The unit inputs to the voltage input of a standard digital multimeter. Finally this month, a very accurate thermometer and thermostate, this units measures from -55oC to 125oC with an accuracy of 0.5oC.

Plus all the regular great columns.
Grab a copy now, at an unbeatable price of only $4.90

Features

  • A Look at the MacBook 2010
  • Digital TV: Where to from Here?
  • An Innovative Early-Warning System for Bushfires
  • Review: The Unique UQ2062C Digital Storage Scope

Projects

  • A Solar-Powered Intruder Alarm for Sheds & Boats
  • Digital Audio Signal Generator, Part 1
  • A Low-Capacitance Adaptor for DMM's
  • A Very Accurate Thermometer/Thermostat


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Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - February 2009

Silicon Chip - February 2010

by Silicon Chip

In stock now the new February Issue of Silicon Chip, with a wealth of interesting articles and projects, this magazine is ideal for the electronics enthusiast. This month's articles, include a look at automotive diagnostics, see how the vast array of sensors in your car combine to provide fuel efficiency and reliable operation. This article looks at the vast array of information that is available from your car's On Board Diagnostics (OBD). Also this month, see how a smart application of electronics can be used to help prevent dolphins, whales and porpoises from being caught up in fishing nets. This Aussie design can easily be incorporated in fishing nets and provides a relatively inexpensive solution to preserving these large sea creatures.

This month's projects include a easy to build ODBII interface to link your car's diagnostic unit to a laptop computer. Check the various fault codes coming from your engine management system and store these for future reference in your computer. Ideal for planning and checking service records. Also this month, a great little adapter for measuring very low resistances, this adapter easily connects to most digital multimeters, and can read accurately read resistances from 0 to 1ohm. The second part of the GPS Car Computer and Precision Temperature Logger is also covered in this issue, together with a add-on board for the Web Server in a Box, to provide a accurate time display.

Together with the regular real life tales from the Serviceman's Log as well as the Circuit Notebook and your Questions.

Features

  • A Look at Automotive On-Board Diagnostics
  • Digital TV: Where to from Here?
  • Saving the Whales with the Aussie Pinger
  • Review: Agilent U1732A Digital LCR Meter

Projects

  • An OBDII Interface for a Laptop Computer
  • A Milliohm Adaptor for Digital Multimeters
  • Internet Time Display for the WIB
  • A Multi-Function GPS Car Computer, Part 2
  • Precision Temperature Logger & Controller, Part 2



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Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - January 2009

Silicon Chip - January 2010

by Silicon Chip

This month we have a look at how the AIS, Automatic Identification System is being used in the Pilbara region off the north coast of Australia. Also this month a very interesting article on how doppler radar is being used to monitor and predict weather conditions. This radar unit provides much greater accuracy than previous radar units, as well as providing much more detailed information.

This month's projects includes a great new GPS Car Computer, this unit provides a digital speedometer, over-speed alarm, fuel economy meter and a GPS clock. Ideal for older model cars, this kit also indicates the time & distance to your destination as well as current position from the GPS system. Also this month a precision temperature logger and controller, this unit can record and display the temperature over a 12 hour period, ideal for use with greenhouses and temperature recording applications. Also this month, the 3rd part of the WIB project, this month we look at customising the WIB to meet your own requirements and how to set up a FTP session.

Plus all the regular great columns.
Grab a copy now, at an unbeatable price of only $4.90

Features

  • The Automatic Identification System (AIS) in the Pilbara
  • The Bureau of Meteorology's New Doppler Weather Radar
  • Saving the Whales with the Aussie Pinger
  • Review: Agilent U1732A Digital LCR Meter

Projects

  • A Multi-Function GPS Car Computer, Part 1
  • A Balanced Output Board for the Stereo DAC
  • Precision Temperature Logger & Controller. Part 1
  • Voltage Interceptor for Cars with ECU's, Part 2
  • WIB: Web Server in a Box, Part 3


Only 7 Left for US$4.90




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