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MPIDE: One IDE to rull them all. (For Arduino and its varients anyway)

MPIDE: One IDE to Rule Them All


If you read this site you are more than likely familiar with Arduino and the Arduino IDE. If not let me briefly bring you up to speed. 

The Arduino IDE is a cross-platform application written in Java, and is derived from the IDE for the Processing programming language and the Wiring project. It is designed to introduce programming to artists and other newcomers unfamiliar with software development. It includes a code editor with features such as syntax highlighting, brace matching, and automatic indentation, and is also capable of compiling and uploading programs to the board with a single click. There is typically no need to edit makefiles or run programs on the command line... Keep reading after the jump. [node:read-more:link]

PIC32 Based Arduino Compatible Dev Board Released by Digilent Inc and Microchip.

chipKIT Max32™ Arduino-Compatible Prototyping PlatformPIC32 based Arduino Compatible Dev Board


Earlier this week we were contacted by Microchip PR asking if we would like to check out a new Arduino compatible board based around the PIC32. We of course replied with a yes. We should have our sample here in the lab within a week. Microchip teamed up with Digilent Inc. to design and distribute the board, and today Digilent Inc released the chipKIT Max32™ Arduino-Compatible Prototyping Platform. Keep reading after the jump for a quick overview and a photo. [node:read-more:link]

DIY Adjustable Benchtop Power Supply from a common PC Power Supply? Will Lyon has got you covered.

DIY Benchtop PSU / DIM from PC PSU


A friend of mine Will Lyon ( AKA SXRguyinMA ) has just completed his latest project which he dubbed Powerhouse. Having fallen in love with custom electronics and actually deciding to go back to college and get a degree in the feild, Will realized he would need a benchtop PSU so he could test his work. Being an accomplished PC modder and Dedicated DIYer, he decided to build his own based on an every day common PC PSU. After some planning Will decided to incorporate a Digital Multimeter, Adjustable 1.3v-30v adjustable source, and dedicated 3.3v, 5v, and 12v rails. If that was not enough, he decided to incorporate some LEDs to give it that PC Case Modder feel! We tip our hat to Will on this one. It's truly a functional work of art! Check out Proect Power House's full build log over on TheBestCaseScenario.com. We have a few photos after the jump for those of you who want instant gratification. [node:read-more:link]

LaunchPad: Q&A session with MSP430 product marketing manager, Adrian Fernandez.


Texas Instruments LaunchPad
LaunchPad Q and A
Following up on our post about Texas Instrument’s new development platform LaunchPad, we sent some questions to TI Media Relations about some concerns members of the community have expressed.  MSP430 product marketing manager, Adrian Fernandez was kind enough to answer the questions for us. So without further delay let’s get on to the answers.

Texas Instruments rockets into the hobbiest community with LaunchPad.

Texas Instruments LaunchPad

TI LaunchPad


Last week Texas Instruments debuted its hobbiest level Micro Conroller dev board named LaunchPad. Hack A Day posted a very thurough introduction but we wanted a little more information. Texas Instruments is selling the full kit including 2 micro controllers for just $4.30 and is shipping them for free. So what exactaly is Launchpad and what can it do? We cover that after the jump. [node:read-more:link]