Author - Ligo George

What is a Microcontroller ?

A microcontroller is an integrated circuit (IC) which is small, low cost and self contained computer designed to handle a specific task in embedded systems. In simple words, a microcontroller (MCU or Microcontroller Unit) is a small computer integrated in to a single chip. We can also explain it as programmable silicon chip which is clock driven, register based, accepts input and provides output after processing it as per the instructions stored in the memory. A computer is a...

Seeeduino XIAO – Smallest Arduino Board

Today we will learn about Seeeduino XIAO, the most smallest Arduino compatible board as of today. Introduction Seeeduino XIAO is manufactured by SeeedStudio and is the smallest member of Seeeduino family. XIAO is powered by Microchip's ATSAMD21G18A-MU, which is a powerful and low power ARM® Cortex®-M0+ microcontroller. By seeing the picture itself we can understand that it is professionally designed and it even have a metallic projection cover for protecting the circuit. For better coding experience it houses an...

Blinking LED using LPC2148 – ARM Microcontroller Tutorial – Part 3

Hello World In this tutorial we will learn how to start programming an ARM microcontroller. This is a hello world project (blinking an LED) intended for beginners to ARM microcontroller programming. Here we are using LPC2148 ARM microcontroller and Keil IDE for programming. Components Required LPC2148 Development BoardLED220R Resistor Registers In this section we will learn about different registers used for configuring or controlling a pin of an ARM microcontroller. In microcontrollers, pins are divided in to different PORTS. Usually a 32-bit microcontroller will...

Flashing LPC2148 – ARM Microcontroller Tutorial – Part 2

In this tutorial we will learn how to flash an LPC2148 microcontroller using on-chip serial (UART) ISP bootloader with Flash Magic tool. Components Required LPC2148 ARM Microcontroller USB to UART converter with DTR and RTS outputs. You may also use ready to go boards like rhydoLABZ LPC2148 Stick. Connections LPC2148 ISP Serial UART Flashing Connections Circuit Diagram LPC2148 ISP Serial UART Flashing - Circuit Diagram Using Flash Magic Tool Above we seen how to make connections for serial ISP programming. In this section we will...

Installing Keil IDE – ARM Microcontroller Tutorial – Part 1

This is our first part of ARM microcontroller tutorial. In this article we will see how to setup development environment for ARM microcontroller LPC2148. We are using Keil IDE for this. Downloading IDE Go to "keil.com" Go to "Download" page Go to "Product Downloads" Go to MDK-Arm Fill the contact form and submit it. You will get the download link of Keil IDE Keil - Product Downloads Downloading Keil Legacy Support Go to legacy support's download page. Click on "Download Legacy Support...

How to solve MAX485 heating and stops working problem ?

Is your MAX485 IC getting burned or stops working after sometime ? Or is your RS485 circuit is not working as expected ? If your answer is 'Yes' you are at the right place. You can simply follow below guidelines to solve this problem. Before one year this problem used to trouble me a lot. Usually the MAX485 or RS485 circuit works fine in lab and it may even work in the final environment also. But after sometime it...

How to solve MAX232 / MAX3232 Heating or Burning problem ?

Is your MAX232 or MAX3232 is getting heat or burned ? I have also faced similar issue and struggled a lot to find the problem when I was working in some projects involving RS232 communication. It is very easy to solve this problem, just follow the below guidelines. Follow Manufacturer Specific Datasheet As you know MAX232 / MAX3232 is manufactured by different companies. Each one is having it's own specifications and properties. So first you need to refer the manufacturer specific...

How to change Hostname of OpenWrt ?

Sometimes you may need to change the hostname of your OpenWrt. Host name is stored in the system configuration file. You can view it in the following command. cat /etc/config/system System Configuration - OpenWrt It is very easy to change hostname of OpenWrt, using following commands. Here we are changing our hostname to "electroSome". uci set [email protected][0].hostname='electroSome' uci commit system /etc/init.d/system reload Changing Hostname of OpenWrt

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