Anthrophex – Update 3/5/17

(Its now 4/5/17 shhhh) Frame So last night I was in the hackspace testing out my new hinges and moved actuator. Sadly, the hinges once again were too weak to fully support my weight (ugh) so it’s made me rethink the design of each leg. I am however going to keep the hinges for now […]

STM32F0 Simple Boost Converter

Having changed my degree title from Electronic engineering to Electrical and Electronic engineering, means that I have to take some power modules. While I don’t find mass power transfer particularly inspiring (HVDC links, the grid and power networks blah blah blah), I find small power conversions pretty interesting, the low power stuff that enables us […]

Enter the uHMCU…

It’s been a while since I’ve sat down to do some proper VHDL but today (after MASSIVE advances with the Phobass these past few days), I’ve decided to write a miniature version of the HMCU. I say miniature in the lightest sense. Features: MISC architecture featuring 9 Instructions 16bit processing capability (22bit program word length) […]

Return of the HMCU…

Well! It turns out I’m coming to the end of my work placement (booo!) but boy have I learnt a lot. A lot of my work consisted of writing VHDL, along with testing its functionality in a simulation environment. I’ve learnt about text file parsing, different methods of structuring your VHDL code, along with good […]

STM32F4 SPI VGA Controller

Well it seems all of my projects recently have been based around my LCD monitor! I think its just because its fun to actually be able to see the outcome of your work as opposed to just seeing a statement change in debug or an LED flash. This isn’t actually an original idea of mine, I […]

STM32F0 Data Transmission – Half Duplex Pulse Width Encoded

Well there’s the title! I’ve been working on creating a pretty simplistic half duplex data transmission through PWM. The protocol is currently half duplex because I’ve only just started writing it! Currently, data is encoded into the pulse width of the square wave sent between the two microcontrollers (currently an STM32F051 discovery for the receiver and […]

HD44780 Library and more!

Well in light of my recent hardware addition, I’ve decided to convert the basis of my HD44780 code into a standalone library. I’ve also added the ability to print signed integer numbers with padding with my whole code including examples compiling to < 3.5k at O0 optimization! Snazzy or what, with O3 optimization, I’ve managed […]

HD44780 LCD with PWM LED Backlight control

And voila! As I said in one of the last two posts (Initial post: https://hsel.co.uk/2014/08/14/stm32f0-discovery-board-and-the-hd44780-lcd/ and integrating a charge pump for backlight control: https://hsel.co.uk/2014/08/14/stm32f0-discovery-board-with-hd44780-and-integrated-charge-pump/), I’ve now included a generic LED backlight PWM controller using one of the standard GPIO pins. I’m using GPIOA Pin 6 to drive the LED backlight and I’ve integrated a 4bit (16 step) backlight […]