January 2021


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The TIAN MA A2C00096100 LCD

The electronics distributor is often selling surplus displays, but normally these are not very well documented. The TIAN MA A2C00096100  LCD module is a 90 mm x 20 mm character display with on-board chip-on-glass controller. It has 20 alphanumeric character positions, actually 18+2 since there is a vertical 1-pixel wide bar separating the […]

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Nicely rendered 7-segment numbers

User cbm80amiga has uploaded a nice library to render 7-segment numbers on graphical displays – especially for Arduinos. But the code can as well be used without any Arduino in the proximity, just a slight change in the library made it an universal C++ object.

Here it runs on an ATmega328 and an OLED-display […]

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Temperature measurements with an NTC thermistor

sagecell.makeSagecell({“inputLocation”: “.sage”}); Following a discussion on Facebook I put here an online tool to calculate the output of a voltage divider consisting of a fixed resistor and an NTC thermistor following a first order Steinhart–Hart equation.

The calculations are based on a voltage divider where either the voltage over the NTC or over […]

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Not WormFood’s AVR Baud Rate Calculator

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A tiny watchdog

In a recent quick-and-dirty project with a Wemos D1 mini clone I had some problems with the reliability of the code. The ESP8266 contains two watchdogs which have the sole purpose to reset the chip if the firmware ever should get stuck. Previously I experienced these watchdogs to be too aggressive, but this was […]

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240×320 TFT with touch on an ATmega328

It’s been a while since I purchased some TFT modules on eBay. These modules come in different sizes and two varieties – with and without integrated touch controller XPT2046. The controller in the TFT display itself is an ILI9341 wired up to be controlled by SPI.

240×320 pixel TFT display with integrated […]

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Replacing three remotes


You know the problem – with every new gadget comes a new remote control, and while there are programmable and universal remote controls out there, they will never just do what you want.

The three main remotes in my living room.

For controlling my tv, my digital box and one of […]

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Hacking an AVR programmer II

This is a follow-up of my most popular post, Hacking an AVR programmer.

MX USBasp v3.02

Recently there have been quite a few comments about a new version 3.02 layout of the USBasp programmer available from many Chinese ebay sellers, which appears to be incompatible with my previous hack. The problem is still that […]

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Assembling an USBasp

…at eight times timelapse it only takes 4 ½ minutes…

An USBasp in a new design II

Most of the time I design and debug my AVR projects on solderless breadboards nowadays. And for that I have been using some different types of programmers by now: starting with the good old STK500, to different versions of USBasp clones from Chinese sellers on eBay.

In order to connect the programmers to the […]

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