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Illuminati moment

MacroFab Engineering Podcast #269

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March 24, 2021, Episode #269

Is there a statue of limitations on open source hardware projects? This week, Stephen and Parker dive into what open source means for both of them.
  • Fan controller for Jeep
    • MCU
      • P/N: G80F960AP
      • 8051 core Chinese Generic MCU
    • Override signal passes through a diode then pulled up with a 10K to 5.0V
    • Diode to prevent back feeding voltage if you slap 12V onto it  
    • Mosfet inverter as the fix!
  • PinoTaur REV 4 has Arrived!
    • Goes into final testing for production certification!
    • RGB LED boards testing
  • Mind the details – Cross talk
    • Actually ran into this as a unique problem
    • Those values in datasheets can creep up
    • Beat head on table trying to figure it out
  • How long is it reasonable for a project owner to support their open source design?
    • 10 years?
  • More Automotive Woes
    • 2/3rds of the facility was dedicated to automotive parts
    • Toyota and Tesla affected

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 began his electronics career by building musical oriented circuits in 2003. Stephen is an avid guitar player and, in his down time, manufactures audio electronics including guitar amplifiers, pedals, and pro audio gear. Stephen graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

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

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