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LEAP#278 Component Tester Kit

Component testers are very handy things to have around. They are also interesting bits of kit to design and build, as you get to play around in the fascinating niche of test equipment and techniques. I was interested in testing out this particular Atmega328-based kit, as it is representative of a whole class of simialr products that all trace their history back to original open source work by the folks on www.mikrocontroller.net. It took a few hours to construct, and fired up perfectly. I have built similar circuits myself, but nothing yet with the complete feature list this kit offers. As always, all notes, schematics and code are in the Little Electronics & Arduino Projects repo on GitHub hero_image


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LEAP#277 Boldport Touchy

Touchy is a capacitive-touch input device with on-board Sleepy Bee microcontroller (Boldport Club Project #7). No disappointments here - another beautiful board to add to my growing collection of club projects, and a little challenge to hand-solder the EFM8SB1 processor with it’s insane QSOP 0.625mm pin pitch! As always, all notes, schematics and code are in the Little Electronics & Arduino Projects repo on GitHub hero_image


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LEAP#276 Variable Frequency Runway LEDs

The idea for this circuit came from a desire to have an LED effects loop that could be triggered by a microcontroller without burning cycles to keep the effect going. There are many ways to achieve this, but the approach I’ve take was influenced by recent experience with the LM331 when building the BoldportClub Pease. As always, all notes, schematics and code are in the Little Electronics & Arduino Projects repo on GitHub hero_image


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LEAP#275 Running the ATtiny at 8MHz

The ATtiny85 runs at 1MHz by default but it con be configured to run at 8MHz while still using the internal oscillator. IDEs can obfusticate the details, so I delve into the details on checking and setting 8MHz operation with avrdude. As always, all notes, schematics and code are in the Little Electronics & Arduino Projects repo on GitHub hero_image


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