Greek tragedy adcs

Circuit Break Podcast #76

The Greek Tragedy of ADCs

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July 14, 2017, Episode #76

Battery less Cellphones, Raspberry Pi Compute Modules, ENOBs, and a 100W USB Type C eval board!
  • July Hardware & Electronics Engineering Meetup by MacroFab & Mouser Electronics event is live! Come grab some food, beer, and socializing if you’re in the Houston area
  • Previous Podcast Updates
  • Parker
    • With the success of the Raspberry Pi Compute Module LVDS test board. I started putting together the PinHeck REV8 board
    • More Python and OpenCV work (fun!)
      • Have the webcam taking pictures
      • Auto crops and records all the images of parts
      • Looking into a higher resolution camera, more info on that later
  • Stephen
    • Parts for the filter finally shipped!
    • Started putting together the boards
      • Like the multi colored jumpers
      • Veroboard – Strip Board Mouser Part Number 854-ST2
      • 80 x 100 mm with mounting holes
      • Use a 7/32″ drill bit and a jeweler’s drill to cut traces and brillo pad to clean up
    • Going to add a tube preamp to the synth output
      • Already have the preamp built. Just need to connect it.
      • Schematic
    • Tritrix speakers and the nutube amp.
      • Kicking up the nutube amp again
      • The speakers are almost built just need to paint and finish
      • 3d printed a plate for soldering the crossover to
  • Pick Of the Week (POW)
    • Nuvoton NAU7802 – found on the Nice Chips Subreddit
      • Precision low-power 24-bit ADC , with an onboard low-noise PGA, onboard oscillator, and a precision 24-bit sigma-delta ADC . Capable of up to 23-bit ENOB (Effective Number Of Bits)  performance.
      • SOP-16 or DIP-16
      • I2C
      • $2.22 in singles
      • Gotcha @10SPS, PGA=1
  • Rapid Fire Opinion (RFO)
    • At Last, (Almost) A Cellphone With No Batteries! – HackADay
      • University of Washington
      • The first-ever battery free cell phone, able to make calls by scavenging ambient power.
      • Not really a cellphone. Its really a remote handset for a base station.
      • 3.5 microwatts and transmits 31 ft away.
    • Evaluation boards for USB type-C power delivery – Electronics Weekly
      • Rohm has announced USB Power Delivery (USBPD) transmitter/receiver evaluation boards.
      • 15 to 100W
      • All about circuits video
      • BM92A21MWV-EVK-001 is the one you want
      • Availability: Now
      • Pricing: TBD

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Figure 1: SAIM software test.

Figure 1: SAIM software test.

Figure 2: Veroboard Stephen is using.

Figure 2: Veroboard Stephen is using.

Figure 3: Stephen’s speaker kit under construction.

Figure 3: Stephen’s speaker kit under construction.

About the Hosts

Parker Dillmann
  Parker Dillmann

Parker is an Electrical Engineer with backgrounds in Embedded System Design and Digital Signal Processing. He got his start in 2005 by hacking Nintendo consoles into portable gaming units. The following year he designed and produced an Atari 2600 video mod to allow the Atari to display a crisp, RF fuzz free picture on newer TVs. Over a thousand Atari video mods where produced by Parker from 2006 to 2011 and the mod is still made by other enthusiasts in the Atari community.

In 2006, Parker enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin as a Petroleum Engineer. After realizing electronics was his passion he switched majors in 2007 to Electrical and Computer Engineering. Following his previous background in making the Atari 2600 video mod, Parker decided to take more board layout classes and circuit design classes. Other areas of study include robotics, microcontroller theory and design, FPGA development with VHDL and Verilog, and image and signal processing with DSPs. In 2010, Parker won a Ti sponsored Launchpad programming and design contest that was held by the IEEE CS chapter at the University. Parker graduated with a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Spring of 2012.

In the Summer of 2012, Parker was hired on as an Electrical Engineer at Dynamic Perception to design and prototype new electronic products. Here, Parker learned about full product development cycles and honed his board layout skills. Seeing the difficulties in managing operations and FCC/CE compliance testing, Parker thought there had to be a better way for small electronic companies to get their product out in customer's hands.

Parker also runs the blog, longhornengineer.com, where he posts his personal projects, technical guides, and appnotes about board layout design and components.

Stephen Kraig
  Stephen Kraig

Stephen Kraig is a component engineer working in the aerospace industry. He has applied his electrical engineering knowledge in a variety of contexts previously, including oil and gas, contract manufacturing, audio electronic repair, and synthesizer design. A graduate of Texas A&M, Stephen has lived his adult life in the Houston, TX, and Denver, CO, areas.

Stephen has never said no to a project. From building guitar amps (starting when he was 17) to designing and building his own CNC table to fine-tuning the mineral composition of the water he uses to brew beer, he thrives on testing, experimentation, and problem-solving. Tune into the podcast to learn more about the wacky stuff Stephen gets up to.

Special-thanks-to-whixr-over-at-Tymkrs-for-the-intro-and-outro!

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