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AVR Serial (USART) Tutorial

Serial communication on an embedded system is quite possibly the easiest and cheapest way to gain insight as to what is going on with your code. On most AVR microcontrollers serial communication is built right in. They have a peripheral

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OshPark PCB Fab Review

I just got my boards in from OshPark. It was my first time ordering from them and I’m very pleased with the results. I submitted by design on 1/28/14. I was told they were sent to fab on 1/28/14 as

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AVR 10-pin/6-pin Header Converter

I’ve been using a parallel port programmer (Printer Port) to program my AVRs since I started using them. I’ve had to keep a slow old computer around just to program my AVRs since most new computers don’t even have parallel

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Large LED Matrix Display – Part 1

I’ve wanted a digital marquee for a long time. The kind you see at some gas stations or grocery stores that say simple messages like “Have a nice day!”. They tend to be pretty expensive for something pretty small. I

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vUSB Powered Easy Button

I work with a guy that absolutely loves his SSRS reports and contantly updates his different view points into data. Most of the reports and views he uses are accessed via Internet Explorer. His constant refreshes are usually done by

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