6CY7 dual triode valve amplifier

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Josh built this 6CY7 dual triode valve amplifier:

I’ve always wanted to know what the “tube magic” was all about. There is much opinion in the science of music production, probably because music and its perception is highly personal and subjective. Ive always imagined that since transistor amplifiers were “perfect” with their large amounts of negative feedback, great linearity, and low THD that tube amplifiers must add something to sound that generates their appeal. From the reading I’ve done it has to do with harmonics.

More details on imsolidstate blog.

App note: Programmable analog functions

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Another app note from ON Semiconductors about various digital potentiometers application. Link here (PDF)

Analog circuits are made programmable by using digital potentiometers (POTs) to vary the key circuit parameters. This application note provides the analog design engineer with basic reference designs and circuit ideas for controlling the key parameters of analog circuits using digital POTs connected to a computer bus or microcontroller. Analog circuits are made programmable by using digital potentiometers (POTs) to vary the key circuit parameters. This application note provides the analog design engineer with basic reference designs and circuit ideas for controlling the key parameters of analog circuits using digital POTs connected to a computer bus or microcontroller.

App note: Digital potentiometer (POT) to control LED brightness

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Controlling LED brightness through digital potentiometer and a LED driver from ON Semiconductor. Link here (PDF)

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) require a regulated current, and their brightness is proportional to the current that flows through them. Some LED drivers use an external resistor to set the LED current. A digital POT can replace a discrete resistor with the advantage of providing an adjustable value allowing the LED brightness to dynamically change. Most digital POT circuits have the ability to store permanently the resistor value in non-volatile memory.

Run a Korg SQ-1 Sequencer from a 9V Stompbox supply

 

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Run a Korg SQ-1 Sequencer from a 9V Stompbox supply:

The Korg SQ-1 is a great little sequencer, and one of my favourite bits of kit for its simple hands-on feel and penchant for lucky randomness (I have 3 of them!)
I tend to use it in a live setup with no computer but with a lot of guitar effect pedals on 9V daisy chain cables. The fact that the SQ-1 can only use batteries or USB power becomes a bit annoying so I decided to hack one so it can run on the same power supply as the pedals.

More details on Stuff and Nonsense blog.

Simple NTP clock using USB display module

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Dilshan Jayakody writes:

Simple NTP clock is a maintenance-free clock application developed to work on single-board computers like Raspberry Pi, Orange Pi, etc. This clock application uses the Simple Network Time Protocol (SNTP) to get the time and display it on seven segment display which I designed.  This application is designed to work on most of the Linux based systems and had minimum dependencies with system libraries and peripherals. I developed this application to work with Allwinner H2 Plus based Orange Pi Zero board, but this can compile for other platforms without doing any modifications on the source code.

See the full post on his blog.

Bitcoin mining on an Apollo Guidance Computer: 10.3 seconds per hash

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Ken Shirriff implemented the SHA-256 hash algorithm and ran it on the vintage Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) that they’re restoring:

We’ve been restoring an Apollo Guidance Computer. Now that we have the world’s only working AGC, I decided to write some code for it. Trying to mine Bitcoin on this 1960s computer seemed both pointless and anachronistic, so I had to give it a shot. Implementing the Bitcoin hash algorithm in assembly code on this 15-bit computer was challenging, but I got it to work. Unfortunately, the computer is so slow that it would take about a billion times the age of the universe to successfully mine a Bitcoin block.

See the full post on Ken Shirriff’s blog.

‘No-Parts’ temperature measurement with Arduino Pro Mini

1 sec WDT interval timed with micros() vs si7051 reference temperature, to determine temperature variation of the RC based timer vs the crystal based timer, as a function of temperature

From the comments on our ESP8266 temperature logger post, Edward Mallon  writes:

The ESP8266 has a hardware watchdog timer, so you could probably use that to measure temperature to much better resolution that you’d get from a DS18B20. We get better than 0.003C using the technique with cheap Pro Mini Clones
Ooops, I missed an important aspect of the two clock method – the inter-reading jitter in the micros() reads brings the resolution down to DS18b20 levels.

More details on Underwater Arduino Data Loggers blog.

App note: USB On-The-Go (OTG) basics

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USB OTG explained in this app note from Cypress Semiconductors. Link here

This application note discusses several aspects of OTG functionality. The note introduces end-applications and different types of cables and connectors involved with OTG. It also describes the OTG protocol state changes when both Mini-A and Mini-B devices are connected .The host negotiation protocol (HNP) and session request protocol (SRP), which are part of the OTG protocol, are also explained.

Acorn BBC Master and electron cartridge breakout

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The Acorn Master cartridge breakout board by Simon Inns:

This project provides a simple breadboard adapter/breakout board for prototyping cartridges for the Acorn BBC Master and Acorn Electron 8-bit computers.
The design consists of two PCBs, the first plugs into the computer’s cartridge slot and the second is designed to plug along the edge of a standard 2.54mm pitch breadboard.  The two boards are connected by a length of 50-way ribbon cable.

Project info at waitingforfriday.com and GitHub repository here.