Category: Projects

The big ARM adventure – part 1

I’ve been programming 8-bit micro controllers for some years now. I started with PIC (PIC16F628, like everybody else), bought a PicKit 2 (because that did work on a 64-bit OS) and started coding in CCS C. Looking back it’s all terrible but it got me going. Of course I can across some AVR code but I never used it until the whole Arduino revolution. A friend wanted to do some stuff with Arduino so I helped him out and I started looking at Arduino myself. Mostly because you can buy Pro Mini’s (with all components already on a board) so dirt cheap from China it really is a no-brainer. I looked at some 32-bit stuff and bought some Ti Launchpads etc. But never really got my head around it and because I never needed it I stayed with 8-bitters.

Then I came across a post on Hackaday about repurposing a AVR-programmer as a USB Arduino. I’ve seen those modules thousands of times on eBay but never bought one. (I use a Arduino as ISP.) Although the hack is neat I don’t find it very useful because of the limited I/O. For less you can just use a Nano with a lot more I/O. (Okay, you can’t present it as a HID or something else.) I started reading the comments to see how other people thought about it and then I spotted something that I found interesting. Especially the comment of [wongsta / drojf] about cheap ARM boards. So I fired up eBay and looked up that STM32F103C8T6 he talked about. And well be damned, even cheaper then the $3,50 he talked about. So I ordered a board right away. Together with a STlink v2 that was mentioned there.

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KaKu Extend

My girlfriend has multiple remote controlled AC outlets in her room. In Dutch better known as Klik aan Klik uit (Click on Click off) or KaKu for short. They are not the real Klink aan Klik uit brand but a cheaper version of the Action (Dutch dump store). They all work at 433MHz to send the data to the outlets.

In a junk bin I found another KaKu (and a remote) and it would be nice to use it with the rest. But at first they didn’t seem to work with the original set. But after some testing I found out they could work together but only at address 0. Also on and off where reversed. But hey, it’s a start. Enough to open them up more to check the guts. And because new KaKu would replace a normal switch it was a wish to have a local switch/button to turn on/off the light as well.

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ATX Bench Power Supply


This is the first project post I make on here. Despite I had way cooler and more difficult projects I want to start with a simple project. I chose to use my Bench Power Supply converted from a ATX power supply as a fist post.

Converting a ATX power supply is a easy project to do. On the web you can find many tutorials on how to do this (for example from Jumper One or Great Scott). It’s a great and simple way to give yourself an extra power supply. It’s cheap, can deliver a lot of power (can be a con) and has all the usual voltages.

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