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    zeke reacted to bluehash in Forum flooded with spam   
    Hi All,
    I cleaned up the site last week. This year has not been the greatest for me(and for alot). Pardon the neglect. True that the blog has not been update, but I have not seen much content on the MSP430/432. Also TI's E2E has been vastly popular.
    There was no "commercial" side. I still pay for server and forum licenses out of pocket.
    I've kept it up since there is alot of useful info and people benefit from it.
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    zeke got a reaction from ExtraFox in MSP430 Nixie Clock   
    I have a zip file of @RobG's Nixie Clock V3.
    @RobG, I hope you are okay with me posting this?
    @bluehash, please delete this if there is a problem.
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    zeke reacted to Norwoodd in Web Controlled Outlets: Using an MSP430 to Remotely Control Wireless Outlets   
    The goal of this project is to utilize an MSP430 to allow existing remote-controlled outlets to by controlled over Wi-Fi. As purchased, the outlets can be controlled with a provided remote control which uses 434 MHz radio signals. By programing the MSP430 to replicate the signals from this remote and hosting a web page with controls on the MSP430, the outlets can be able to be controlled from anywhere on the same Wi-Fi network. The completed project provides a web page that can both control each of three outlets individually or all three at once. This is done using an MSP430 as a controller with a 434MHz transmitter sending commands to the outlets, and an ESP 8266 Wi-Fi module connecting to the network. A schematic of the completed project is shown in Fig. 1, and a photo of the completed project is shown in Fig. 2. With this set up the outlets can be reliably controlled from anywhere on the same Wi-Fi network.  The components required for this project, along with the equipment necessary are listed below. All the components can be purchased for less than $30.
    I was able to write an interface to control the outlets, as well as serve a webpage to control the outlets. This was the final project for my Embedded Systems class at John Brown University. more details are avalible in the attached file.
    Parts list:
    ·         TI MSP430G2553 Launchpad
    ·         434 MHz RF transmitter https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10534
    ·         ESP8266 wifi module
    ·         Syantek Remote Controlled Outlets
    ·         Breadboard
    ·         Jumper cables
    ·         USB power supply
    ·         434 MHz RF receiver https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10532
    ·         Digilent Analog Discovery Module
    ·         Code Composer Studio
    ·         Serial to USB converter
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    zeke reacted to bluehash in Updates   
    A few updates and notes:
    The forum is  finally able to connect to the license server. It failed due to an older version of curl, which caused alot of spam posts. PHP updated to the latest version Forums upped to 4.4.7 Any issues, please note them here. I'll try to sort things out.
    Thank you!
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    zeke reacted to petertux in USB to gameport project   
    If you appreciate late 90s vintage PCs you might be interested in this one.
    I decided to build a Pentium II machine on which I can play my favourite games from those times. Magic Carpet (Bullfrog Productions) is one of them, but it needs a joystick. I had good quality USB joysticks, but those games need old analog gameport-based controllers that are serviced by the sound cards of the time.
    This new project acts as a USB Host and provides the analog output that emulates a 4 axis + 4 button game controller.
    the prototype works absolutely great, it takes about 0.6ms to read data from the attached USB joystick and to send it to the sound card. data is retrieved every 10ms as per the HID polling interval, absolutely no input command is lost and there is over-current protection built in in order to protect the PC from misuse.
    what do you guys think? I'm open to ideas regarding this project before I commit revision 2 of the board - which might end up being a 4 layer design.
    prototype pictures: https://photos.app.goo.gl/fXdDBng4dvEepq8V7
    repo: https://cadlab.io/projects/lemidi

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    zeke reacted to Peabody in Places we buy things...   
    I'm in the US, and I've generally had good results with Banggood.  Their products are pretty much the same as you would find on Ebay, but they appear to care about customer service, at least in my experience.  The biggest issue for me has been shipping.  On two occasions I've paid a higher price to get something from the US warehouse, thinking that shipping would be much faster.  But that hasn't worked.  The last time I ordered, the items from China arrived before the US items, which took 18 days via DHL.  I've become a real non-fan of US domestic DHL.  They are much slower than anyone else.  I mean, 18 days.  There's no excuse for that.
    I don't know what shipping and customs problems you will have in Canada.  Maybe someone else can advise you on that.  But with regard to the products, I would generally feel comfortable with Banggood.  Of course it depends on how much you're going to spend. 
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    zeke got a reaction from veryalive in tiny msp430 preemptive multitasking system   
    We have to unpack all that is going on in that get stack pointer statement.
    The function getstackpointer() returns a value. The (int*) transforms that into “the address of that return value” which will be 16 bits large. Then that 16 bit address is assigned to the multi stack variable. 
    The author is asking us to modify the list of function names in the taskpnt function since (s)he doesn’t know what we will be doing. So that is up to us. 
    So task1, task2, and so on, are functions that we write to do one specific thing. Something atomic, like SwitchOnLED(LED1) or SwitchGPIO(P1-7), etc.  
    Does that make sense?
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    zeke got a reaction from radcliffkaty1 in IPC training information   
    Just to follow up ...
    I found another website tonight called http://www.soldertraining.com/. 
    It is another excellent resource for electronic assembly knowledge.
    I find the Standards & Manuals - Design attractive and I am considering purchasing a set for myself. 
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    zeke got a reaction from radcliffkaty1 in IPC training information   
    A  ridiculously long time ago, I took PACE solder training. At the time, someone said it was the training program that NASA employees had to take to be one of their solder jockies.  I’m count it as one of the best investments that I ever made in my career. I think of soldering as one of my superpowers now. 
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    zeke reacted to radcliffkaty1 in IPC training information   
    Hey, thanks for the IPC Certification stuff. I also have gone through these certifications and would like to suggest BEST Inc (https://ipctraining.com/) for getting the best training in IPC. They have experienced IPC trainers and also offer Mobile training facility as well. Also, one more training center is there near Illinois i.e EPTAC Training Center(https://www.eptac.com/) which is in good competition with BEST Inc.
    Out of these two, you can choose any.
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    zeke got a reaction from veryalive in tiny msp430 preemptive multitasking system   
    They are called Function Pointer Arrays.
    I love them. I have been using them extensively to create my CLI - Command Line Interpreter. I can add a new command just by defining a new entry into an array.
    They are an alternative to the Gigantic Switch Statement style of coding.
    To get you started, here is an article from 1999 by Nigel Jones:
    How to Create Jump Tables via Function Pointer Arrays in C and C++
    I also found the book Programming Embedded Systems in C and C++ by Michael Barr to be exceptionally helpful. Chapter nine specifically.
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    zeke got a reaction from venkatesh223 in MSP432P401R SD card interface   
    Maybe I am thinking of the PetiteFS way of using an SD card but doesn't that SD card need to be first formatted on a PC and have a file created as well?
    Then, the MSP430 would access the SD card, open up the pre-existing file, and then write to it?
    I would verify the SD card on a PC first by formatting it then creating an empty text file on it. Then, get the MSP430 to see it then open it.
    Double check the wiring of the card.
    And make sure that you have a really good +5V power source for that SD card. I have read that they want a bunch of current to operate properly. And, I suspect the dev board cannot supply that much current on the +5V line. Gotta verify that too.
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    zeke reacted to terjeio in PCB Laser Exposer/Printer   
    Improved homing cycle has led to (near) perfect registration of solder mask.

    Layer registration mark, lines are ~0.1mm wide.

    Part of TSSOP 20 footprint, mask is way past "use before" date so some problems with spots appearing.
    I have started to apply the Riston film on wet PCBs, dust problem nearly gone - easier to handle.
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    zeke reacted to terjeio in PCB Laser Exposer/Printer   
    A new design is now up on my Github account, cheaper laser cut acrylic case and 3D printed "laser head". Some info on Hackaday as well.
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    zeke reacted to radcliffkaty1 in PCB Calculator Programs   
    All these shared files have a lot of learning material. Thanks, @zeke for these helpful files. 😍
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    zeke reacted to terjeio in RFC: CNC BoosterPack   
    I have recently been working on a CNC BoosterPack that I will make available on Github when completed later in the spring.


    Current specifications:
    Support for my HALified version of GRBL (based on 1.1), currently drivers has been made for MSP432 (black version), Tiva C and MSP430F2955.
    NOTE: firmware is built with CCS 6.1, MSP432 driver is 100% CMSIS based.
    Opto-coupled inputs, NC switches recommended.
    Opto-coupled outputs with 200mA open drain drive for spindle on, spindle direction, flood and mist.
    Can drive most relays and solenoids directly.
    Output section can be powered from internal 3V3 or 5V source, or from external source.
    If powered from external source outputs can be made opto-isolated via jumper setting.
    PWM-output for spindle speed currently directly connected to MCU pin (could be changed to open drain).
    I2C (IIC) interface with selectable voltage level (3V3 or 5V) via level shifter, dedicated interrupt input.
    I2C pinout compatible with my 4x4 keyboard project, supports jogging etc.
    Optional EEPROM for configuration settings for MCUs with no internal EEPROM.
    Polulu 8825 motor driver breakout board compatible. Fault signal routed to GPIO input.
    Considered for later revision:
    Break out SPI interface and add full support for Trinamic motor drivers.
    Optional (SPI) DAC for motor speed (laser power) control.
    This might require a 4-layer PCB and also solving the pinout cabal...
    Anything you want changed?
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    zeke reacted to terjeio in RFC: CNC BoosterPack   
    Driver code for a few boards is available from my github account. A PCB design with reduced size allows two boards to be mounted to the EK-TM4C1294XL LaunchPad providing up to 6 axes of control (needs to be verified). I have also added TCP streaming to the EK-TM4C1294XL LaunchPad but usure if I can publish the code due to the "viral" clause in many of TIs files - even the startup code 🙁. Grbl is released under GPL and I have a hard time understanding the legalese related to that...
    I am currently working on a DRO/MPG for my lathe with Grbl running on a MSP432, and the DRO/MPG code on a Tiva C/MSP430 combo. Threading support is a part of that work and hopefully I'll be able to get it working reliably - looks promising this far.

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    zeke reacted to mph in Bosch Sensortech BME280   
    The Bosch BME280 pressure-temperature-humidity sensor is very popular for projects because there are breakout boards available from Adafruit and Sparkfun as well as a large library of code to interface it to Arduino MCUs. Not so much for the MSP430, especially transparent code to understand what is happening at the register level. I have written and tested some demo C-code that hopefully fills that gap. It sacrifices generality and efficiency for compactness and transparency.
    I use the F5529 Launchpad and communication with the sensor is via SPI using the UCB0 module.  I2C is also available for the BME280 but not implemented here. Temperature and relative humidity (no pressure) data is obtained using the forced mode with periodic polling by the MSP430.  Sensor and MCU are in low-power sleep modes when not active. Data is streamed to a terminal program that is interfaced to the Launchpad via serial UART. Each BME280 has unique trimming parameters that must be retrieved and properly parsed to convert the raw data. This process is quite complicated, so separate functions were developed to handle them and placed in an include library.  
    My IDE is CCS 6.1.3 with nofloat printf support. This code should work directly in the MSP430x5xx and MSP430x6xx families. Other MSP430 series such as FR and value-line will need to make appropriate module/register modifications.  Link to github is here:
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    zeke reacted to Markers in MSP430G2553 Workshop   
    Hi Zeke,
    Yes, that is exactly what I have done, and the end result is exactly what I needed.
    Thanks again for your help.
    Cheers, Mark
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    zeke reacted to mph in Sensirion SHTC3 temperature-humidity sensor   
    Sensirion has recently introduced an inexpensive, low-power temperature humidity sensor SHTC3 designed for operation in the range 1.62--3.6V .  It should be a useful peripheral for MSP430 battery-powered applications.  I have tested 3 sensors with the F5529 Launchpad and they exhibit reliable, consistent behavior.  For reference, I have written some demo code for I2C communication that is available on github:
    The SHTC3 comes in a small DFN package, so to do breadboard testing I had to build my own breakout boards and use reflow soldering (see photo).

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    zeke reacted to Rei Vilo in Import an image on the display Kentec 3.5 with Energia   
    @poulichp I confirm:
    Optional step - Format the image to 32-bit PNG with https://www.imagemagick.org/script/index.php  Step 1 - Use the utility https://github.com/vaskevich/png2c to convert the PNG file into a C-array. Step 2 - Use the example LCD_screen_Logos from the EduBPMKII_Screen and adapt it to match the size of the image and the Kentec 3.5" SPI display. Image


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    zeke reacted to Salibensuleiman in MSP430FR6989: Serial port monitor is not working   
    I think the issue is resolved now, so the first thing is to update MSP430 core as you mentioned before.
    The 2nd thing is I put pack the jumpers TXD and RXD in their original orientation as when I bought the board first time.
    Thank you so much for your help.
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    zeke got a reaction from energia in Infinity Loop in file "Tcp.c" , function "void tcp_slowtmr(void)"   
    My gut instinct would be to add an additional condition (a timer) to that while loop.
    I don't work with that processor so I am not sure of the implementation but here's my pseudo code:
    while ( (pcb != NULL) && (thisTimer <= ARBITRARY_MAX_WAIT_TIME) ) { ... }  
    I don't know if that makes any sense to do it that way, but that is how I am thinking. Add in a second variable that *you* have control over. Then you can have a measure of sanity of something goes off the rails.
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    zeke reacted to Fred in Free Shipping and Deals on LaunchPads at TI Store   
    If you're just after free shipping, the code OPT4FREE should work for the whole of 2018.
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    zeke got a reaction from bluehash in One Wire Controller booster   
    If anyone is curious, I have been developing the edge router app in pyqt5 on linux.
    Here is one of the better tutorials that I have found on learning PyQt5.
    Apparently, there are two different sources to get PyQt5 from:
    PyQt5 from Riverbank Computing, and Qt for Python  from Qt.com, which was originally called PySide(2) PyQt5 is a bit of a mind bender at the start, but it gets better as you climb the learning curve.
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