Gadget Factory Blog/News
Papilio user Fantasma25 has designed a new audio DAC wing and decided to share his work with us on the forum. The new wing It’s based on the MAX5556 DAC, it has an I2S-compatible interface and up to 50KHz sampling rate which is perfect for standard 44.1 and 48 KHz sampling rates and a resolution of 16 and 24 bits.
The board does not contain any output buffer as I wanted the board to be as small as possible. It only has the MAX5556, a couple of passives and a 3.5mm stereo jack.
Here is a look at the render of the board:
While in China I worked with and bonded with a local group of Chinese Makers on a fun project called the Today Toaster. The Today Toaster connects to the Internet and captures the weather for the day and then toasts an image onto your bread to keep you up to date with the days weather.
We had a two day long hack session getting everything together and working and then attended an awe inspiring award ceremony at the People’s Hall, which is like the White House…
Here are pictures from the Today Toaster build, when I get a couple more minutes on a solid Wifi connection I will make a post about the People’s Hall!
I’m currently in Wuhan visiting the LinkSprite corporate offices and am set to get on a train to Shenzhen in a few hours. More to come soon!
I’m in China now working with a team of young Makers on a a very special toaster that prepares you for the day by toasting the weather forecast onto your toast! Using the Intel Galileo board and a connection to the internet it will get the latest forecast and then use an Arduino sketch to select the right pattern of burners to serve you up with a fresh and informative piece of toast! It’s been a blast so far and I’m thoroughly enjoying my time in China with my awesome teammates!
Here we are meeting for the first time – the Today Toaster team!
Here is the conceptual drawing made in the team building exercise.
Here we are tearing apart and modifying the toaster.
Hamster makes a frequency counter that works up to 500Mhz on the Papilio FPGA!!!!!
Alvaro made a nice tool to automatically calculate Multiply and Divide values needed to use Xilinx DCM’s and PLL’s. It even cascade’s PLLs to generate unusual frequencies.
Wow! Watch this video as Bil Herd – the designer of the Commodore 128 – talks about the early days of PLA’s.
Then he talks about CPLD’s and shows how to get started with a simple counter design.
This is really great to see the guy who brought us the C128 talking about CPLD/FPGAs. Hopefully it will help spark more interest in these incredibly fun devices. Thank you Bil Herd and Hack a Day for this wonderful treat!