MikroElektronika https://www.mikroe.com Hardware and Software Tools for Embedded World Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:00:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 119890828 How to program the CC3100 click – a tutorial on electronza.com https://www.mikroe.com/program-cc3100-click-tutorial-electronza-com/ https://www.mikroe.com/program-cc3100-click-tutorial-electronza-com/#respond Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:08:07 +0000 https://www.mikroe.com/?p=7162 If you are planning an IoT project with WiFi, CC3100 is the click you should turn your head to. Theodor from electronza.com has made a detailed tutorial on how to program the CC3100 click with an ordinary FTDI chip and the USB UART click. How to program the CC3100 click board “It’s one of the […]

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If you are planning an IoT project with WiFi, CC3100 is the click you should turn your head to. Theodor from electronza.com has made a detailed tutorial on how to program the CC3100 click with an ordinary FTDI chip and the USB UART click.

How to program the CC3100 click board

“It’s one of the very few WiFi chips that are able to work with SSL content,” says Theodor about the CC3100 click board™.

“The power is supplied via the USB connector. The RX pin of the USB-UART connects to the TX pin of the CC3100 click. TX pin of the USB-UART is connected to the RX pin of the CC3100 click. There is no need to change the position of jumpers J1A and J2A on the CC3100 click board, as CCS UniFlash doesn’t use any kind of flow control.”

Testing the communication

Read the rest of the tutorial to see how to test the communication, how to update the latest service pack and how to reconfigure the CC3100 click board. Everything is explained in detail, and in stages, so you’ll be ready to use the click in one of your own projects.

CC3100 click board™

Power consumption and security are the two main strengths of the CC3100 click board™. The click has sophisticated power optimization features, and this is especially suitable for IoT applications. It consumes only 4 microamps in hibernation mode.

For more information about the CC3100 click board™, see the product page.

Yours Sincerely,
MikroElektronika

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New version of ARM compilers adds support to CEC1702 along with MSP432 https://www.mikroe.com/new-version-arm-compilers-adds-support-cec1702-along-msp432/ https://www.mikroe.com/new-version-arm-compilers-adds-support-cec1702-along-msp432/#respond Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:56:41 +0000 https://www.mikroe.com/?p=7160 The ARM compiler release will add support for Microchip’s CEC1702 as well as the previously mentioned MSP432. To add the new chip we had to make a bit of a compromise, so the release will be delayed for one week (it’s not just the CEC1702 support, we also had to deal with some unforeseen setbacks that slowed […]

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The ARM compiler release will add support for Microchip’s CEC1702 as well as the previously mentioned MSP432.

To add the new chip we had to make a bit of a compromise, so the release will be delayed for one week (it’s not just the CEC1702 support, we also had to deal with some unforeseen setbacks that slowed down the development).

We pushed back the release to March 9, which is next Thursday.

All software and hardware libraries are finished. The delay is mostly to finalize the packaging and thorough testing of the new release.

More details on what was done since our last update are available at the roadmap page for the ARM compilers.

Sincerely yours,
MikroElektronika

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Green means go, red means stop – control the Buggy over your phone https://www.mikroe.com/green-means-go-red-means-stop-control-the-buggy-over-your-phone/ https://www.mikroe.com/green-means-go-red-means-stop-control-the-buggy-over-your-phone/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:22:02 +0000 https://www.mikroe.com/?p=7137 Remember when you were young and all you wanted was a remote-controlled toy car? Well, you can revisit those days and have some fun by controlling the Buggy over your phone. Nenad and Zoran, made an interesting tutorial on ESP8266 webserver and driving the Buggy over a simple green-red interface. Use your finger to drive […]

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Remember when you were young and all you wanted was a remote-controlled toy car? Well, you can revisit those days and have some fun by controlling the Buggy over your phone.

Nenad and Zoran, made an interesting tutorial on ESP8266 webserver and driving the Buggy over a simple green-red interface.

Use your finger to drive the Buggy. It’s simple and intuitive — green means go, red means stop.

driving the Buggy video

Web server and interface

The web server is based on ESP8266 filesystem, and the interface uses the HTML5 canvas that displays a gradient pattern. To see the code for the web server, the interface and the driver code, check out their tutorial here.

The Buggy

Let’s be honest, the Buggy is like the most handsome boy in your high school, the one that has really good hair and an amazing car. This four-wheeled workstation offers a unique opportunity to test your prototype in the real world, the moment you finish making it.

For more information about the Buggy, take a look at the product page.

Yours Sincerely,
MikroElektronika

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NFC Tag 2 click – no need for a battery https://www.mikroe.com/nfc-tag-2-click-no-need-for-a-battery/ https://www.mikroe.com/nfc-tag-2-click-no-need-for-a-battery/#respond Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:39:40 +0000 https://www.mikroe.com/?p=7131 Maybe you haven’t noticed, but people are using NFC in their daily life all the time. To open the front door, to open the hotel room door, to check the ticket in public transportation, to pay the bill at the grocery store, etc. These days you even have bottle labels with integrated NFC chips, so […]

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Maybe you haven’t noticed, but people are using NFC in their daily life all the time. To open the front door, to open the hotel room door, to check the ticket in public transportation, to pay the bill at the grocery store, etc.

These days you even have bottle labels with integrated NFC chips, so you just scan the bottle with your phone and get information on what you are drinking.

Our new click – NFC Tag 2 click – is exactly what you need if you want to add NFC to your project, and join in on the fun and the possibilities it brings.

NFC Tag 2 click

NFC Tag 2 click carries the NT3H1101 NTAG I2C energy harvesting NFC Forum Type 2 Tag with field detection pin from NXP.

The click is designed to run on a 3.3V power supply.

Energy harvesting

The amazing thing about this click and the technology behind it is that it eliminates the need for a battery or an external power supply.

It can generate energy from an RF field or some other NFC device, like an NFC-supported mobile phone.

List of NFC-supported phones

You can check if your mobile phone is NFC-supported on this NFCWorld+ list.

For more information about the NFC Tag 2 click, see the product page.

Yours Sincerely,
MikroElektronika

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mikroBUS™ sockets, click boards™ and clicker boards in an IoT Kit https://www.mikroe.com/mikrobus-sockets-click-boards-clicker-boards-iot-kit/ https://www.mikroe.com/mikrobus-sockets-click-boards-clicker-boards-iot-kit/#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:44:22 +0000 https://www.mikroe.com/?p=7111 Put three click boards™ in a box, two clicker boards, two mikroBUS™ sockets, and a development board — sounds like a recipe for a MikroElektronika IoT party. The Creator Ci40 Kit is intended for IoT Cloud computing kind of projects. So, without further ado, here is what the kit contains: Two 6LoWPAN clicker boards Three […]

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Put three click boards™ in a box, two clicker boards, two mikroBUS™ sockets, and a development board — sounds like a recipe for a MikroElektronika IoT party.

The Creator Ci40 Kit is intended for IoT Cloud computing kind of projects. So, without further ado, here is what the kit contains:

mikroBUS™ socket revolution

The mikroBUS™ socket is now on more than 30 development boards. Once something as practical and simple as this gains momentum there’s no stopping it.

And with the number of click boards™ increasing every day, adding new functionality to your project has never been so easy.

The Creator Ci40 board carries two mikroBUS™ sockets. Of course, since it is designed for the IoT world it has low power consumption.

click boards™ in the kit

If you use the three click boards™ in the kit, you’ll have a relay, a temperature sensor, and a motion sensor. How you combine and use them is up to you and your desires. But this doesn’t mean you can’t add other click boards™ of your choice.

BLE2 click carries an RN4020 module from Microchip and it will seamlessly add Bluetooth Low Energy to your device.

UV click will let you know if the levels of ultraviolet radiation are too high, and RTC 6 click will help you keep track of time.

Take a look at our click boards™ range in the shop, and choose something that suits you and your future project the most.

Yours Sincerely,
MikroElektronika

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IoT alcohol tester project with Alcohol click https://www.mikroe.com/iot-alcohol-tester-project-with-alcohol-click/ https://www.mikroe.com/iot-alcohol-tester-project-with-alcohol-click/#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:11:30 +0000 https://www.mikroe.com/?p=7087 Francesco from hackster.io has made an interesting project with Alcohol click – an alcohol tester that estimates the blood alcohol content from a breath sample. Isn’t that something that everyone needs at a house party? Alcohol click measures the level of alcohol from a simple breath sample, and the Zerynth app displays the level of […]

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Francesco from hackster.io has made an interesting project with Alcohol click – an alcohol tester that estimates the blood alcohol content from a breath sample. Isn’t that something that everyone needs at a house party?

Alcohol click measures the level of alcohol from a simple breath sample, and the Zerynth app displays the level of alcohol in a person’s blood.

Real life IoT contest

Remember when we wrote about Zerynth’s real life IoT contest, where you could win Hexiwear as a prize?

Don’t forget that we have more than 250 click boards to choose from. The contest is still going on, so if you use your imagination and make an amazing combination of click boards and write good code, Hexiwear could be yours.

Of course, Alcohol click is not our only sensor click. Ozone click carries a compact MOS sensor for ozone (O3). Methane click does as the name implies – detects the levels of methane gas in the air. We even have a click board™ that can detect the presence and proximity of lightning – Thunder click.

We haven’t even scratched the surface with the sensor click boards, let alone the wireless connectivity range, the display click boards™ or audio and voice range.

Alcohol click

Alcohol click has high sensitivity to alcohol and it can detect concentrations from 0.04 to 4mg/l. There is a small potentiometer onboard that will allow you to adjust the Load Resistance of the sensor circuit.

For more information about Alcohol click, see the product page.

Yours Sincerely,
MikroElektronika

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Live update for compilers released today https://www.mikroe.com/live-update-compilers-released-today/ https://www.mikroe.com/live-update-compilers-released-today/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:58:38 +0000 https://www.mikroe.com/?p=7057 A live update for mikroC, mikroBasic and mikroPascal for all architectures except 8051 (so PIC, PIC32, dsPIC/PIC24, AVR, FT90x, and ARM) has been released today. We rolled out the update because we made minor interventions to the TFT library. It now supports the ST7789V TFT controller and includes automatic detection of whether the connected display is driven […]

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A live update for mikroC, mikroBasic and mikroPascal for all architectures except 8051 (so PIC, PIC32, dsPIC/PIC24, AVR, FT90x, and ARM) has been released today.

We rolled out the update because we made minor interventions to the TFT library. It now supports the ST7789V TFT controller and includes automatic detection of whether the connected display is driven by an ILI9341 or ST7789V controller.

This update doesn’t affect our software roadmap and release dates. The changes to the TFT library also do NOT require any changes in user’s code.

The update was rolled to support both types of graphic displays that are used on mikromedia boards, to provide automatic detection of the controller.

To install the update, launch the compiler, go to Help >>> Check for Updates.

Sincerely,
MikroElektronika

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EnOcean 2 click – a solution for self-powered IoT https://www.mikroe.com/enocean-2-click-a-solution-for-self-powered-iot/ https://www.mikroe.com/enocean-2-click-a-solution-for-self-powered-iot/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:08:49 +0000 https://www.mikroe.com/?p=7066 After EnOcean click, we bring you EnOcean 2 click. The main difference between the two being the operating frequency. EnOcean 2 click carries the TCM 515Z transceiver module, that works on 2.4 GHz frequency for ZigBee systems. Self-powered IoT EnOcean’s energy harvesting wireless modules are the perfect solution for smart homes and IoT in general. […]

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After EnOcean click, we bring you EnOcean 2 click. The main difference between the two being the operating frequency. EnOcean 2 click carries the TCM 515Z transceiver module, that works on 2.4 GHz frequency for ZigBee systems.

Self-powered IoT

EnOcean’s energy harvesting wireless modules are the perfect solution for smart homes and IoT in general. Just think about it, you could have a smart home lighting system where the switches don’t require a battery or an external power supply.

For example, EnOcean can generate electrical energy by using physical motion. A light switch can be powered by the action of someone pressing a button.

EnOcean 2 click

EnOcean 2 click carries the TCM 515Z transceiver. TCM 515Z enables the realization of line-powered actuators, controllers, and gateways communicating based on the 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4 radio standard.

The module provides a transparent radio link between EnOcean 2.4 GHz devices and an external host.

For more information on EnOcean 2 click check out the product page. There is a detailed Learn article on EnOcean wireless communication that will explain everything you would ever want to know about the data rate, transmission frequency, range and more.

Yours Sincerely,
MikroElektonika

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3G SARA click examples for Hexiwear now available on GitHub https://www.mikroe.com/3g-sara-click-examples-for-hexiwear-now-available-on-github/ https://www.mikroe.com/3g-sara-click-examples-for-hexiwear-now-available-on-github/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:52:45 +0000 https://www.mikroe.com/?p=7042 It’s Valentine’s day, so it’s only appropriate to write about the things we love, and everybody loves Hexiwear. You’ll be glad to know, we added 3G SARA click examples for Hexiwear on GitHub. You can use this code to start an exciting project with cellular communication. If you are running low on inspiration, and you need […]

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It’s Valentine’s day, so it’s only appropriate to write about the things we love, and everybody loves Hexiwear.

You’ll be glad to know, we added 3G SARA click examples for Hexiwear on GitHub. You can use this code to start an exciting project with cellular communication.

If you are running low on inspiration, and you need a new idea, you can always browse the Hexiwear GitHub page to see what else we have to offer in terms of code.

3G SARA click

3G SARA click is everything you need if you want to add 3G to your project – send and receive data at speeds up to 7.2 Mb/s, respond and react to phone calls. It carries the u-blox U201 UMTS/HSPA cellular modem, from the award-winning SARA series. Of course, you’ll need a SIM card and an SMA antenna, to start using the click.

The click also has a USB port, so you can connect the module to a PC.

For more information about 3G SARA click take a look at the product page.

Yours Sincerely,
MikroElektronika

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14% discount for our Valentine’s day offer https://www.mikroe.com/14-discount-for-our-valentines-day-offer/ https://www.mikroe.com/14-discount-for-our-valentines-day-offer/#respond Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:01:46 +0000 https://www.mikroe.com/?p=7018 It’s Valentine’s day tomorrow. If you don’t want to look like a cliché and buy your significant other flowers and a box of heart-shaped chocolates, you’ll be happy to know that we are having a special Valentine’s 14% discount. The offer starts on 12:00 noon CET today and lasts until 12:00 noon CET, February 15. So, you’ll […]

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It’s Valentine’s day tomorrow. If you don’t want to look like a cliché and buy your significant other flowers and a box of heart-shaped chocolates, you’ll be happy to know that we are having a special Valentine’s 14% discount.

The offer starts on 12:00 noon CET today and lasts until 12:00 noon CET, February 15. So, you’ll have three days to find a perfect gift for someone you love. Or to buy yourself something nice, self-love is important.

You will get our lovely Valentine’s day 14% discount at checkout.

Crushes, heart rate, and our ECG click boards™

Giving a gift to someone you like can be tricky. You want to convey a certain message, and also get something interesting and fun. Thankfully we have two click boards™ shaped like a heart — Heart rate click and Heart Rate 3 click, that will save you hours of browsing online for that perfect gift.

Hearts on a mikromedia

Here’s an idea for you — get a mikromedia and write your Valentine’s day card on it. Get creative, use the touch-screen feature and make your message interactive.

Let us know in the comments if you have a romantic gift idea, or if we inspired you with our offer.

Yours Sincerely,
MikroElektronika

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