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VHDL vs Verilog vs Schematic – New CPLD PyroEDU Lesson!

Posted August 28, 2014 by Chris

This week, we’re finishing off An Introduction to CPLD and FPGA with Lesson 10: VHDL vs Verilog vs Schematic. Here’s a short overview of the lesson:

"There are many ways to create a CPLD or FPGA image. The most common methods are with VHDL, Verilog or schematic capture. In this lesson we’ll explore and compare all three."

This online course is also be available through:
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Wireless Infrared Stepper Motor Controller

Posted August 26, 2014 by Chris

"The stepper motors are 6 wire unipolar steppers that are controlled by a TI SN754410NE H-Bridge that is connected to a PIC 16fF84 microcontroller. The PIC sends pulses to the H-Bridge that move the motor in 1 degree/step increments in either a clockwise or counter clockwise direction. An infrared detector is used to sense IR pulses sent by the TV remote control."

Topical IR Sensor Overview With Instructions

Posted August 25, 2014 by Chris

"An IR sensor is a device which detects IR radiation falling on it. There are numerous types of IR sensors that are built and can be built depending on the application."

Software Defined Radio Examples

Posted August 23, 2014 by Chris

"Traditionally, radio receivers were built using analog hardware, like capacitors, coils and quartz crystals for filtering, and a diode as a detector. However, by converting analog signals to digital ones, one can replace part of this signal processing by a computer program operating (i.e., doing calculations) on the digital signals."

Only 8 Days Left!

Posted August 22, 2014 by Ben

Just a reminder to all you Pyros out there: there are just 8 days left to enter the Pyro POV Contest! If you’re not sure how to build a POV device, no problem, PyroEDU has you covered! Check out our latest lesson Course 5: FPGA and CPLD » Lesson 9: Design a Handheld POV to learn how. Get those entries in soon for your chance to win a Basys2 Spartan-3E FPGA Development Board. Good luck!

Design a Handheld POV – New CPLD PyroEDU Lesson!

Posted August 21, 2014 by Chris

This week we’ll take a look at a very cool effect – persistence of vision in Lesson 9: Handheld LED POV. This is part of our new PyroEDU course: An Introduction to CPLD and FPGA. Here’s a short overview of the lesson:

"A very fascinating effect called persistence of vision can easily be created by repeatedly telling a single row of LEDs to output a message. Let’s build a POV with a secret message!"

This online course is also be available through:
uRedditP2PU

Automated Scanner and Label Printer with Arduino control panels

Posted August 19, 2014 by Chris

"When I was 8 my mother gave me the book – ‘And then the engineer said …’. It consists of many simple manufacturing related stories about technological issues and how to solve them. The book meant to teach kids the key principles how accomplish seemingly insolvable things. The book is lost, but here is what I learned and still use on every occasion."

ASCOM Focused Stepper Motor Controller

Posted August 17, 2014 by Chris

"This project is based on Arduino Nano board that communicates with PC using serial protocol. Arduino Nano contains RS232 – USB converter, so the actual connection between the board and PC is made using standard USB mini cable. Stepper motor is controller using four data lines of Arduino board. These lines cannot control stepper motor directly. An additional stepper motor driver must be used."

Braille-O-Matic – mbed-operated Refreshable Braille Display

Posted August 15, 2014 by Chris

"The Braille-O-Matic is a device that allows the blind and visually impaired to read digital text by generating Braille characters at the pace at which Braille is read. It is a rotating system that simulates the natural act of reading Braille by having the dynamically generated Braille characters roll across the user’s fingertips."

Dimming LEDs via PWM – New CPLD PyroEDU Lesson!

Posted August 14, 2014 by Chris

This week we’re moving onto a fun topic: Lesson 8: LED Dimming Via PWM where we’ll use PWM signals to control the brightness of some LEDs with VHDL code. This is part of our new PyroEDU course: An Introduction to CPLD and FPGA. Here’s a short overview of the lesson:

"We have used PWM in many other courses before, but creating PWM in an FPGA or CPLD requires a different way of thinking. Let’s make our own PWM output module to change the brightness of some LEDs. "

This online course is also be available through:
uRedditP2PU