How To!

We've been meaning to write a tutorial on how we solder surface mount components for about two years now. Sorry, we got busy building stuff. The tutorial is finally done! Checkout this 6 page tutorial on all things SMD!

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Nothing too earth shattering to post today. Then again, we have started hacking our Chumby... The Arduino Protoshield is the first of a few pancake type expansion boards for the Arduino series. Simple but effective breakout board for the HMC6352 all-in-one compass sensor.

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Phone in NYT

It’s been a fun couple days as the Rotary Phone surfaced in the news again. This time making Business Week, Digg, a buried link on Slash Dot, and we made the New York Times(link to article image). Time to call Mom… Nathan is traveling to Foo Camp this weekend, August 25-27, in…

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Bits

Some new small bits to add to the website! The new HMC6352 all in one compass solution. Very nice job Honeywell! The new cameras for the GM862 cellular modules are here! Don't worry - the shipment of GM862 modules should be here within the week! Speaking of cameras - the E700 camera breakout board…

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Small Solar Friendly

The small solar cells showed up today! Small solar cell with 4.5V/100mA output! Itty bitty Tri-color SMD LEDs now available. New buad-rate friendly 14.7456MHz SMD Oscillator for use with Phillips LPC ARM processors. A few GM862-Python modules are on the Dent Ding category.

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Solar Friendly

Jason Wright is doing some fun graphics projects using a Color LCD, PIC, and triple-axis accelerometer. Checkout the 3D object control! http://www.pyrofersprojects.com/3dcube.php New solar cells are here! The large units are in stock with smaller units to arrive shortly. 9V 280mA output! Track ball…

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Rubber Business

The button pads are here! Now all we need is a huge PCB to play the worlds largest game of life. A new beefy ARM programmer is here. Based on opensource code and hardware, the ARM-USB-OCD will support many new ICs. It's nearly an MP3 player in 1! All you need is a controller for your custom designed…

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Drones

Who needs a UAV controller? Why, you do of course! A brain child of William Premerlani, this simple to use IMU + GPS control board will have you developing control code quickly and easier that you ever expected.

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Remote LED Matrix

Owen Osborn has written a Ethernet-LED-Matrix tutorial for all you folks that want to not-just play with a device, but play with a device remotely over the internet. He shows how to use an LPC ethernet dev board and a Java program to remotely control a tri-color LED matrix. What exactly does this…

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Camera Winner!

David Carne of British Columbia, Canada has taken the prize for the CMOS Camera contest. Congrats to David for taking the first image using this tiny camera! Your interface engineering skills have us fantastically impressed. Thanks to everyone who helped out with information and recommendations. We…

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Jackpot

All this great new stuff just showed up today! New varieties of characters LCDs - now more colors! New EM406 USB Eval Board New ET301 USB Eval Board We now stock the USB to FIFO IC from FTDI - the FT245RL New larger guage screw terminals. The new lead-free soldering irons have arrived! Checkout…

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More New News

There are some new dev boards available, but the big news is only $1.95. The 11-pin connectors for the trackball have arrived! Now we can actually create the trackball breakout board! Olimex is coming out with some cool new boards. This MSP LCD board strutting the MSPF169 has a 84x48 pixel LCD, a…

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Zigbee Sort Of

As much as I dislike adhering to a fad, we now have 802.15.4 compliant wireless modules. Remember, there's nothing magical about 802.15.4 (or the mesh protocol nick-named Zigbee). It's just an RF stack. But once we saw the specs for the JN5121 (low-power, 32-bit, 21 GPIO + 4 ADCs + 2 DACs!) we just…

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Holiday Goodies

A few new items for this Friday before the holiday weekend! Just an FYI - we'll be working a half-day Monday and closed on Tuesday. Enjoy the fireworks! New HMC1052L Eval Board Have you heard about the USB Bit Wacker? It's a small PIC dev board that can be bootloaded and then shows up as an RS232…

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Staff Photo

So we’ve just returned from Sketching in Hardware - man was that good! Thanks Mike, Judith, and Liz! It’s great to meet the big brains in Phyiscal Computing. This world of embedded electronics is quickly becoming easier to enter into, thanks to the help of many good instructors and…

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New Modules

Checkout what the latest SFE creations! The RGB Matrix Controller is a small backpack that attaches to an Red/Green/Blue LED matrix and allows control over simple serial SPI communication. This allieviates the end user from having to do the individual LED scanning and refreshing. 7 different colors…

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From around 8:45pm Sunday to around 8:15am Monday (Mountain Standard Time) we had a small glitch on the product description page that made it impossible to add parts to the cart. We’ve corrected the bug and everything should be running smoothly again. Sorry about the hiccup!

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ARMexpress and Trackball

Coridium has released the ARMexpress. This little DIP module takes all the power of an ARM and wraps it under a BASIC interpreter! Here's a fun little device recommended by a customer! The Track Ball is a miniature input device perfect for mobile devices. It even has a 'click' or select input by…

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Lots O New

What can you do with 10F? We're not sure either - but we can't wait to find a project for these new 10F super caps. Sorry to tantalize you, but we just can't wait to post some of the brand new products from SFE! The Logomatic from Spark Fun Electronics uses a simple serial interface to record up to…

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Wiring and 5DOF

You knew it was coming - the minimization of size and the maximization of measurements... The 5DOF has two axis of gyro and three axis of accelerometer sensing packed into less than 1 square inch and under 2 grams! The new Wiring board is available! The Wiring board is the big brother to the Arduino…

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