FPGA NTSC Generator

Hello

Lately I’ve got my hands on this little toy:
tube

It’s a 1981 vintage CRT camera viewfinder that has a huge resolution even if it’s very small. I had to modify it to make it work without the camera: I’ve added a voltage regulator for the 6V rail that was provided by the camera, and created a constant current sync for the CRT heater – oddly enough it seem to be also in the camera body.
the current limit is simple : a NMOS pass transistor , a 10K pull-up resistor from gate to VCC, a sense resistor from source to gnd and a BJT with collector to mosfet gate, emitter to ground and base to the sense resistor -> the entire think tries to keep 0.6V across the sense resistor. The filament current is at ~ 80mA – enough to make the CRT tube work with a very faint glow from the heater. The entire thing work from 9V and uses ~ 300mA

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RF power meter (part 1)

Lately I’ve been interested in some RF stuff.

The “goal” is to build an entire RF spectrum analyzer with a range of about 50-100MHz.

For this I have to learn basic stuff like filters, oscillators, amplifiers, etc.
This implies having some basic tools like an oscilloscope, RF power meter, signal generator, etc.

The oscilloscope was already present so I’ve build a simple RF power meter using an Analog Devices log amplifier: AD8307
AD8307 datasheet

The device uses the basic connection – figure 32 from the data sheet. The INP signal is connected to a 50 ohm terminated BNC input via 100nF capacitor.
The INM pin is connected to ground via another 100nF capacitor.

The output signal is fed to a LM358 op-amp connected as a buffer. The op-amp output goes via a RC filter to the output.
The entire RF section is build dead-bug style in a small enclosure made from FR4 pieces. I’ve run out of space on the base plate, so I had to build it in a “3d” fashion.
Here are some pictures:

IMG_0217
IMG_0220

The read-out is based on an 4×20 lines LCD display driven by a STM32F0 board. The detector’s output is connected to one of the ADC’s input.
The microcontroller code samples the ADC, creates a buffer containing 256 values from witch it extracts the Min / Max and medium values. The displayed values are updated around 2 times / second.

I’m still working on the code. For now i’ve created a simple calibration table in 50Mhz steps, from 50 to 500MHz.

80C552 board

Hello

New toy – a Philips PCB80C552-5-16WP based single board computer.

The board is designed to have 64KBytes of EEPROM from 0×0000 to 0xFFFF, 32KB of SRAM from 0×0000 to 0x7FFF and 32KB of peripherals space from 0×8000 to 0xFFFF

On the same board I’ve placed a SPI RTC, EEPROM and 4.096 voltage reference for the on-chip ADC.

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New toy

Just got a new toy, to start working on some interesting projects: an HP3466A almost my age, but still kicking

Here are some pictures:

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Chinese PSU fix

Hello

This is a quick teardown and fix of a Chinese variable power supply.
While trying to measure a negative power supply I’ve discovered that the negative terminal was shorted to main’s earth and case

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Notebook restoration

Hello.

In this post i’ll show a quick walk-trough on how I managed to re-use an old Asus A6RP that had a sad ending.
In a few words, the entire case got smashed to plastic splinters. Luckily the internal components survived.
The case was rebuilt around two 4mm transparent acrylic sheets and 2.5mm pcb stand-offs, 10 and 15mm tall.

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RGB led lighting module update

top layer

Hello
This is an update for the led lighting project.
The design in complete and the PCB’s are almost ready.
This is the schematic:

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RGB led lighting module

Hello

I’ve started a new project: a RGB led lighting module, that can be controlled from a central communication node.

I’ll be using some SMD rgb leds, in 5050 case, that i ¬†got from e-bay.

The Imax is specified to 40mA, but i’ll be running them at 30mA max, to keep the heat down.

The design features are :

  • 50x50mm per module
  • cheap controller, JTAG interface, enough cpu power for high resolution/ speed PWM
  • the ability to run stand-alone, following a pre-programmed sequence
  • RS485 line drivers
  • wide input voltage range

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Ceas cu afisaj VFD

Ca o prima postare am ales un proiect mai “aratos”: un ceas cu afisaj VFD

Pentru afisaj am folosit un tub IV-18:

IV-18 tube

IV-18 tube

Caracteristicile tubului sunt:

  • 9 digiti, 8 cu 7 segmente si virgula, 1 cu simboluri speciale.
  • tensiune de filament : 5V la 85mA
  • tensiune anodica: 20-30V
  • curent de grila: 11mA per digit
  • curent anodic: 8mA per digit, cu toti anozii aprinsi

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