Introducing TI MSP430 Microcontrollers

MSP430 Launchpad Board

Texas Instruments (TI) is a well-known US-based semiconductor manufacturer. TI is perhaps best known to many as the manufacturer of some of the fanciest scientific calculators in the market. Of the long list of electronic devices produced by TI, microcontrollers are on the top. TI manufactures some of the coolest and advanced microcontrollers of the market today. There are several categories of micros from TI. These include general purpose low power MCUs which mainly comprise of MSP430s, ARMs like TM4Cs, MSP432s, etc, micros for wireless communications like CC2xxx series, ARM + DSP micros, DSP-specialized micros like the TMS32xxx series and

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Arduino powered weather station

Arduino powered WiFi weather station

This Instructables describes how to build a complete WiFi enabled weather station using Arduino and ESP8266 along with a bunch of sensors that collect environment data like temperature, humidity, wind speed, pressure, UV level, and rain. The location weather station is the most important part of installation. If weather station is located under a tree or an overhang, the rainfall data measured by the station will not be correct. If you place your weather station in an alley, you could very well get a wind tunnel effect on the anemometer, resulting in erroneous wind data. Weather station should have good “fetch”, or

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Arduino midi controller

Midi controller using Arduino

An Arduino powered midi controller project for music makers. This my first arduino (microcontroller) project. I want to learn arduino with a usefull and large project. I decided to make a midi DJ controller that have all the functions needed to be standalone to mix. Every kind of sensor (potentiometer, push button,…) can be learn independantly and I think the best way is to learn “how it works” and “how it is connected” for each sensor step by step.

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An old radio turned into RPi powered internet radio

RPi powered internet radio

Marcel describes in this Instructable how he gave a new life to his old radio by powering it with an Raspberry Pi that streams various radio channels over the internet. He kept the functionality of the original tuning knob for tuning to radio channels. The RPi speaks up the name of the tuned channel in English or in your own language, as configured. The radio also features a safe-power-off button for proper shutdown of the RPi. He wrote the software for the radio in Python that runs automatically upon boot.

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DIY PICKit 3 programmer/debugger


Here’s a detail description from Reviahh on a DIY version of the PICKit 3 programmer/debugger. It uses all SMT components and is portable in size. This schematic is very similar to the one Hendrik used, with a couple component changes and a fix for a PNP transistor that was shown backwards on his schematic. I’ll briefly talk about the different sections that I have labeled above. First – in the upper left corner is the pic24 processor that controls this device. It is a PIC24FJ256GB106 mcu. There are the requisite capacitors and 12MHz crystal attached, as well as a programming

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