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Arduino Without External Clock Crystal on ATmega328

Story An Arduino consists of many components like: a linear regulator, USB to Serial microcontroller, debug LED, power LED, reset button, RX & TX LED, crystal oscillator, etc. But a minimal circuit can have just the brain of the Arduino UNO, that is, an ATmega328p microcontroller (Reducing Arduino Power Consumption). You can assume this one is an extended version of that project. Making a Minimal Arduin ...

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Reducing Arduino Power Consumption

Story When it comes to portable electronics, one of the most important features is how to maximize the battery life. The ATmega328P, used on popular boards like the SparkFun RedBoard, Arduino Uno, and Pro Mini are actually quite power hungry. The RedBoard and Arduino Uno, draw around 15mA minimum, which doesn’t sound like much but as you’ll see in this project, we can drastically bring that down with just a ...

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Sonicare toothbrush teardown: microcontroller, H bridge, and inductive charging

Sonicare toothbrush teardown: microcontroller, H bridge, and inductive charging My Sonicare electric toothbrush recently quit working, so I took it apart and examined the interesting circuitry inside. There's much more complexity than I expected inside a toothbrush, especially in the mechanism that drives the brush head at 31,000 strokes per minute. Internally, the brush appears to be designed for quality r ...

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Digital Clock using AVR Atmega16 Microcontroller

Digital clocks revolutionize the way we live our daily life as it helps people to stick with their schedule. This article will teach you to build your own Digital clock using DS1307 RTC Chip with Atmega16 microcontroller. As we all know that DS1307 is a simple real time clock chip which shows seconds,minute,hours,day,date and year. We have used a simple 16×2 LCD along with it to display all the data obtaine ...

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Volt-Amp meter using AVR microcontroller

Voltage and current are two most important parameters of electricity. This project teaches you to build a simple volt-amp meter using avr microcontroller. This project may not enable you to build a high end measurement tool but will be a good diy project which gives a better understanding on A/D converter in microcontrollers. This meter is capable of measuring voltage ranging from 0 to 30V and current rangi ...

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Interfacing GSM Module with Atmega32 AVR microcontroller

GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication) technology lets user to communicate with others across mobile networks hence it offers a vast area of coverage. Interfacing GSM technology with microcontroller will enable us to extend the communication to cover large area. This tutorial will teach you about interfacing GSM module with atmega32 AVR microcontroller and program it to communicate it with another use ...

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10 steps to selecting a microcontroller

Selecting the right microcontroller for a product can be a daunting task. Not only are there a number of technical features to consider, there are also business case issues such as cost and lead-times that can cripple a project. At the start of a project there is a great temptation to jump in and start selecting a microcontroller before the details of the system has been hashed out. This is of course a bad ...

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