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Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - December 2012

Silicon Chip - December 2012

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 very high accuracy, 2.5GHz 12-Digit Frequency Counter, the unit has an accurate internal timebase and also features an external timebase input which can accept 1Hz pulses from a GPS receiver for almost atomic clock accuracy. The unit has a range from 10Hz to 2.5GHz, together with a sensitivity down to 20mV for signals up to 20MHz. The unit is housed in an attractive plastic case and features blue 7-segment displays, the unit is ideal for the repair shop or design workshop. Also this month a USB Power Monitor, to measure the current or voltage to the peripherals connected to your USB port. This compact unit plus directly into the USB port and uses a large LCD display to show the current and voltage levels. This month also includes the construction details for the already popular High-Power Class-D Audio Amplifier, as well as the High-Energy Ignition System for Cars.

This month's articles include a look at a 3D Printer that can be built at home and can produce objects of around 200mm cubed. The unit costs under $2500 and delivers remarkable results with 3D models of buildings and objects. Also this month a look at some of the new soldering tools and techniques available.

Part Code: SILCHIPDEC2012


Features

  • RapMan: A 3D Printer that you can build from a Kit
  • Soldering: The Game is Changing

Projects

  • 2.5GHz 12-Digit Frequency Counter, Part 1
  • USB Power Monitor
  • High-Energy Ignition System for Cars, Part 2
  • High-Power Class-D Audio Amplifier, Part 2
  • Hacking a Mini Wireless Web Server, Part 2

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Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - November 2012

Silicon Chip - November 2012

by Silicon Chip

In the new issue of Silicon Chip, a great new design for a High-Performance, High-Power 250W Class-D Amplifier. This unit is top of the range and features exceptional performance, with very low distortion, excellent signal-to-noise ratio and high efficiency. The unit is easy to build and the design is very stable, ensuring a long and trouble free life. The unit is ideal for use in PA Systems, Stage Shows, Discos and much more. Also this month, build a High-Energy Ignition System for your car, this design is based on an IGBT ignition driver and is ideal for replacing old mechanical ignition systems, the unit features an adjustable dwell time, adjustable debounce period and tachometer output. Other projects this month, include a 20W LED Floodlight for outdoor use and the second part of the LED Musicolor project.

This month's features show how to replace the Anode on your hot-water tank. This part corrodes rather quickly and by replacing it, you can extend the life of your hot-water system and save a lot of money. Also a look at the new Agilent U1233A Digital Multimeter with Bluetooth Output. Plus all the regular great columns.

Grab a copy now, at an unbeatable price of only $7.90


Features

  • Sacrifice Your Sacrificial Anode
  • Review: Agilent U1233A DMM

Projects

  • High-Power Class-D Audio Amplifier, Part 1
  • High-Energy Ignition System for Cars, Part 1
  • LED Musicolor: Light up your Music, Part 2
  • Hacking a Mini Wireless Web Server, Part 1
  • A Seriously Bright 20W LED Floodlight


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Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - October 2012

Silicon Chip - October 2012

by Silicon Chip

Just Arrived the new October Issue of Silicon Chip, with plenty of exciting, state of the art electronic projects. This month's issue features a new Musicolour Display Unit suitable for LED's. The unit can drive 16 strings of LED's, in tune to the music, producing a very attractive music controlled display. Each string of LED's is set to a certain frequency band and will light with sounds in that frequency, the brightness is also adjusted depending on the strength of the sound within that frequency. The result is a very attractive display suitable for light shows and discos. The unit features a high performance DSP combined with an SD card for storing and playback of WAV files. Also this month the second part of the exciting new Colour Maximite Minicomputer project, with construction details and set-up instructions. Other projects this month include a Reverse Loop Controller for DCC Model Railways and a Cat Deterrent to drive away pesky cat's.

This month's articles include a look at remote controlled aircraft, these aircraft use electric power and provide greater maneuverability and are increasingly popular in model aerobatic competitions. Also this month a look at the new HAARP facility, this center studies the ionosphere and it's effect on radio and satellite communications.

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


Features

  • Electric Remote Piloted Aircraft
  • HAARP: Researching the Ionosphere
  • Review: Micronix MSA438 3.3GHz Spectrum Analyser

Projects

  • LED Musicolor: Light up your Music, Part 1
  • Colour Maximite Microcomputer, Part 2
  • Reverse Loop Controller for DCC Model Railways
  • The Nick-Off Bad Cat Deterrent
  • Wireless Remote Control for the Barking Dog Blaster


Only 2 Left for US$7.90



Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - September 2012

Silicon Chip - September 2012

by Silicon Chip

Just arrived, the new September issue of Silicon Chip. This month features the much improved Colour Maximite Microcomputer, this unit is based on the high performance 32-bit Microchip PIC32MX695 Microcontroller and supports a huge number of I/O points and interfacing capabilities. This new Maximite has a Colour VGA Output supporting 480x432 displays, with a standard computer keyboard for input, a stereo audio synthesiser for music, battery back-up, Arduino compatible connector with 20 I/O points, SD Card, USB Connector and much more. This unit can easily be programmed using Basic and is ideal for use as a complete system controller or building a powerful development platform.

Also this month, build a Barking Dog Silencer, a USB Test Instrument Interface for creating a 2-Channel Scope, Spectrum Analyser, Frequency Counter and Signal Generator on your PC. This month's features, review the new Virtins Technology Multi-Instrument for turning your PC into a 2-Channel Audio Scope, as well as a look at the new iModela 3-Axis CNC Router, perfect for hobbyists.

Plus all the regular great columns.
Grab a copy now, at an unbeatable price of only $7.90


Features

  • Electronex: The Latest Smart Electronics
  • Review: Virtins Technology Multi-Instrument 3.2
  • The HSRA's 30th Birthday
  • Review: iModela 3-Axis CNC Router

Projects

  • Colour Maximite Microcomputer, Part 1
  • Barking Dog Blaster
  • USB Test Instrument Interface for PC's
  • Digital Sound Effects Generator


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Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - August 2012

Silicon Chip - August 2012

by Silicon Chip

Just Arrived the new August Issue of Silicon Chip, with a new improved Drivway Sentry Project, this unit uses a sensor loop to detect vehicles passing over loop. It can be used in driveways or on paths to detect car, truck, tractors etc. The unit has an output relay for switching lights or alarms when a vehicle is detected, also included is an exit delay, an adjustable alarm or contact closed period, sensitivity adjustment and a test button. Ideal for those arriving home late at night or for checking when vehicles enter a property. Also this month, a mains time for use with lights or fans. The unit can be used to allow exhaust fans to run for a certain period after the lights have been turned off, or for a leaving the lights on for a set time when you are leaving. Finally this month, an adaptor unit for measuring currents up to 30A with a multimeter or scope.

This month's articles cover the new Remote Piloted Aircraft that are now available. These small compact helicopters can be used for a wide range of applications, including aerial photography and monitoring remote facilities that are very difficult to access. Also this month, a quick test drive of the new Nissan Leaf, we look at the performance, the design and how it was to drive.

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


Features

  • We Drive Nissan's Leaf Electric Car
  • Multi-Rotor Helicopters
  • Flying the Parrot AR Drone 2
  • Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPAs): Using Them for Business

Projects

  • The Driveway Sentry, Mk 2
  • Timer for Fans and Lights
  • Isolated High Current Adaptor for Multimeters
  • Wideband Oxygen Sensor Controller, Part 3



Last 2 Left at US$7.90



Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - July 2011

Silicon Chip - July 2012

by Silicon Chip

This July issue has just arrived, with a new Soft Starter for Power Tools and Heaps of other interesting articles. In this issue, we look at a new design for flashing school light signs, using a low cost design based on the PICAXE microcontroller. This unit costs much less than the standard full unit currently used by the main authority. Also this month, we look further into the Square Kilometre Array, why Australia missed out and the technology that will be used in the new array. Finally this month, an interesting article on recycling old CD or DVD Rom drives, these can easily be used for model plane motors and other applications.

This month's projects include a soft starter for power tools, ideal for circular saws, routers, angle grinders and electric drills. This reduces the inrush current and prevents the tool kick when the device is started. The unit is easy to build and can be housed in a waterproof box. Also this month a 10A DCC Booster for model railways. Most DCC units can only supply a few locos and peripherals, this unit supplies up to 10A and can be built inexpensively. Finally, this month a 6-Decade Capacitance Substitution Box, ideal for the experimenter, this unit offers values from 30pF to 6µF ,easy to build and is housed in an attractive case.

Plus all the regular great columns.
Grab a copy now, at an unbeatable price of only $7.90


Features

  • The Square Kilometre Array: Australia Misses Out
  • Modifying CD-ROM Motors for High Power Operation

Projects

  • Soft Starter for Power Tools
  • Wideband Oxygen Sensor Controller, Part 2
  • 10A DCC Booster for Model Railways
  • 6-Decade Capacitance Substitution Box


Only 1 Left at US$7.90



Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - June 2012

Silicon Chip - June 2012

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 a look at the new Microcontrollers available, including the ARM, PIC and Texas Instruments types, also a great Microcontroller Glossary of all the essential acronyms. Also this month, a look at the new WiNRADIO Excalibur Radio Receiver, this software defined receiver offers an easy to use software interface combined with very high accuracy.

This month's projects include a fun project to build, the Crazy Cricket, this compact unit, will emit a chirping sound when darkness falls, when light is returned, the unit becomes quiet and is great way to annoy friends. Also this month, for the car enthusiasts, a newly designed Oxygen Sensor Controller, this unit measures the air/fuel ratio and allows accurate tuning of your car's timing for optimal performance. Finally this month, an easy to build four-channel audio mixer, ideal for combining an MP3 Player, CD player etc, to a single amplifier. The construction details for the new PIC/AVR Programming Adaptor Board are also included this month.

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

Features

  • New Microcontrollers
  • WiNRADIO Excalibur HF Receiver
  • Review: Agilent's 35670A Dynamic Signal Analyser

Projects

  • Crazy Cricket or Freaky Frog
  • Wideband Oxygen Sensor Controller, Part 1
  • Mix-It: Easy to Build 4-Channel Mixer
  • PIC/AVR Programming Adapter Board, Part 2



Last 2 Remaining at US$7.90



Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - May 2012

Silicon Chip - May 2012

by Silicon Chip

This month read about the new Australian Synchroton, this impressive circular, megavoltage machine enables scientist's to determine the structure and composition of all materials, this excellent article looks inside the building and explains the theory behind the operation. Also this month, a look at ADSL technology and how it delivers high speed internet to most homes. This article explains the basics and also provides a useful glossary, giving definitions of the various acronym's used in ADSL literature.

This month's projects includes a terrific new PIC and AVR Programming board, this unit will program most of the PIC and AVR microcontrollers on the single board. The unit is compatible with the various programming software from Microchip and Atmel. A standard single ZIF socket is used for programming the microcontrollers, allowing quick and easy removal of the IC, once it is porgrammed. Also this month, a professional High Temperature Thermometer, this unit can measure from -50°C to 1200°C and also provides thermostat switching at a set temperature. The Thermostat can switch on either high or low thresholds and includes a heavy duty relay for switching. The unit is ideal for ovens, kilns, solder baths, fridges or freezers. A digital readout is provided and the unit is housed in an attractive case. Finally this month, the construction details for the 1.5kW Induction Motor Speed Controller, this high performance unit can be used on a wide range of Induction Motors, to provide accurate speed control.

Plus all the regular great columns.
Grab a copy now, at an unbeatable price of only $7.90

Features

  • The Australian Synchroton
  • Getting The Most from ADSL

Projects

  • PIC/AVR Programming Adapter Board, Part 1
  • High Temperature Thermometer/Thermostat
  • 1.5kW Induction Motor Speed Controller, Part 2
  • SemTest: A Discrete Semiconductor Test Set, Part 3
  • Ultra Low Distortion 135W Stereo Amplifier, Part 3


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Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - April 2012

Silicon Chip - April 2012

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 a brief explanation into what causes distortion in the mains AC waveform. The Maximite Mini Computer has proved very popular, this month we answer some of the most common questions we have received. Finally, a review of the new MikroElektronika PIC Development board.

This month's projects include a professional induction speed controller, this unit can be used for both single phase and 3-phase motors. This controller is loaded with features, with over-current, undervoltage and short circuit protection, Isolated mains circuitry for safety, adjustable speed ramp in both speed up and down modes, special pool pump mode and lots more. The unit is suitable for motors up to 1.5kW and is ideal for use with swimming pool pumps. Also this month, a simple soft-starter to reduce surge currents, when switching on appliances. Finally a 6-decade resistance substitution box, perfect for the repairman or developing new circuits. The month also includes the assembly instrations for the Ultra-Low Distortion Stereo Amplifier.

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

Features

  • Whiy is the 50Hz AC Mains Waveform Distorted ?
  • Q & A on the Maximite Microcomputer
  • Review: MikroElektronika EasyPIC v7 Development Board

Projects

  • 1.5kW Induction Motor Speed Controller, Part 1
  • SoftStarter: Taming the Surge Current Menace
  • A 6-Decade Resistance Substitution Box
  • Ultra Low Distortion 135W Stereo Amplifier, Part 2



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Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - March 2012

Silicon Chip - March 2012

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 idea of Vertical Farms, using new LED illumination technology the production of food can now be done economically using LED illumination in a very compact area. These vertical farms are already producing a wide range of plants with a much reduced growing time over conventional greenhouse and standard farming methods. Also this month, some answers to readers questions about the MPPT (Maximimum Power Point Tracking) Solar Charge Controller and also a review of the new APx525 Precision Audio Analyser.

This month's projects include a new Ultra Low-Distortion 135W Stereo Amplifier, this unit delivers remarkable performance and can be used as a main amplifier for a home entertainment system or similar. This unit incorporates the power amplifier modules described previously in Silicon Chip, as well as a pre-amplifier, loudspeaker protection and stereo input board. The unit is housed in a professional case and looks great. Also this month, an updated design for the 12/24V MPPT Solar Charge Controller, this revision features improved efficiency and new charging options, the unit will deliver optimum power from your solar panels to lead-acid batteries. Finally this month, the second part of the SemTest, Semiconductor Test set and an easy to build Interplanetary Sound Effects unit.

Plus all the regular great columns.
Grab a copy now, at an unbeatable price of only $7.90

Features

  • Vertical Farms: Factory Farming in the 21st Century
  • Review: Audio Precision APx525 Audio Analyser
  • Q & A on the MPPT Solar Charger
  • The Story of Atwater Kent Radios

Projects

  • Interplanetary Voice for Alien Sound Effects
  • Ultra Low Distortion 135W Stereo Amplifier, Part 1
  • 12/24V MPPT Solar Charge Controller, Revision 1
  • SemTest: A Discrete Semiconductor Test Set, Part 2


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Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - February 2012

Silicon Chip - February 2012

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 an interesting article about converting a washing machine smartdrive for use as a Motor. The washing machine motor with smartdrive can be obtained very cheaply and includes a smartdrive that can be used to control the speed of the motor. This variable speed motor can now be used in a wide range of power applications. Also this month a look into DCC, the digital control system for model railways, in this article, we cover the technical basics and some background on the system.

This month's projects include an easy to build 10W LED Floodlight. Ideal for lighting the backyard or pool, this unit is based on long life LED's and can easily replace the halogen lamps used today in floodlights. Also this month, a professional semiconductor test rig, this unit is able to test, LED's, Diodes, Transistors, MOSFET's, SCR's and also TRIAC's. Featuring an LCD display with professional case and easy to follow instructions, the unit can quickly test the performance of your semiconductor parts. Finally this month, a simply 1.5A Switching Regulator, this unit will deliver quite a large current in a very compacy size over a range of voltages from 1.2V to 20V.

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

Features

  • Converting a SmartDrive to use as a Motor
  • DCC: Digital Command Control for Model Railways
  • Homebrew PCB's via Toner Transfer

Projects

  • A Really Bright 10W LED Floodlight
  • Crystal DAC: A High Performance Upgrade
  • Simple, 1.2-20V 1.5A Switching Regulator
  • SemTest: A Discrete Semiconductor Test Set, Part 1



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Click for Larger Image - Silicon Chip - January 2012

Silicon Chip - January 2012

by Silicon Chip

This month features an excellent introduction to the Arduino microcontroller platform. We look at the programming language and some of the tools that are available for this open source programming environment. Also this month we look at how to play music that is stored on a memory card, without using a PC. We look in detail into the connections and how the music is stored in the memory.

This month's projects include an easy to build Stereo Compressor. This is ideal for the cases when the sound volume may jump during ad breaks or when there is a widely different sound levels on recordings. This unit continously adjusts the signal level by amplifying the quiet passages and attenuating the louder passages, ensuring comfortable listening without continually adjusting the volume. Also this month, step back in time and build a simple AM radio, construction of 2 units are detailed with a small pocket size unit, similiar to the portable transistors of old and a retro-style mantel radio with large hand dial. Both units are very easy to build and result in excellent sound quality. Finally this month a 3-input Stereo Audio Switcher, if you have a wide number of input sources to your sound system but not enough sockets, this unit will allow you to switch the inputs using a standard infrared remote control.

Plus all the regular great columns.
Grab a copy now, at an unbeatable price of only $7.90

Features

  • Arduino: Introduction to Programming and Tools
  • Playing USB-Stick & SD Card Music without a PC

Projects

  • Stereo Audio Compressor
  • Simple AM Radio
  • Dorji 433MHz Wireless Data Modules
  • 3-Input Stereo Audio Switcher


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