Archive for March 2013

SchmartBoard MSP430F5172 Development Kit

Neal from SchmartBoard sent me an MSP430F5172 development board to check out. This board, according to the website, was co-designed with the University of Colorado for itw educational needs. It is actually just a breakout board for TI’s MSP430F5172 mixed signal microcontroller with added power regulator circuitry and a conveniently positioned JTAG connector. Continue reading ‘SchmartBoard MSP430F5172 Development Kit’ »

Temperature and Humidity Logging Over Ethernet — II

Last week, I discussed the construction of a network-capable temperature and humidity sensor using SHT21 and ENC28J60 with an ATmega328P microcontroller. In this post, I will show the results obtained so far and the techniques used to chart the data. Continue reading ‘Temperature and Humidity Logging Over Ethernet — II’ »

Temperature and Humidity Logging Over Ethernet — I

I did a project on temperature/humidity logging a couple of years ago. In that project I logged the temperature and humidity readings in my basement lab over the course of a year. One issue with the approach I took back then was that the data could not be observed in real time because the logged data were written to an SD card and could only be retrieved once the logging process was done. Continue reading ‘Temperature and Humidity Logging Over Ethernet — I’ »

Constant Current Dummy Load In an HDD Cooler

Basic constant current dummy load using an Op Amp and a by-passing MOSFET is very easy to build and had been made quite popular following Dave’s video on EEVBlog. I happened to have an old aluminum hard disk cooler case collecting dust. The die-cast aluminum case is relatively thick, making it an excellent heat sink. So I thought why not use it to build a dummy load myself? Continue reading ‘Constant Current Dummy Load In an HDD Cooler’ »

TI MSP430G2 SPI Examples

In my earlier posts (1, 2, 3), I showed some examples of using the I2C protocol with TI’s MSP430 Launchpad. Many MCUs in the MSP430G2 family also support the SPI bus. In today’s discussion, I will give a couple of examples on communicating with an SPI port expander (MCP23S17). Continue reading ‘TI MSP430G2 SPI Examples’ »