Sunday, August 5, 2018

Agilent 53132A 53131A DIY Open Source 3Ghz Channel Option 030 Board

As mentioned my Open source Agilent OCXO upgrade post, I mentioned, I have bought a Agilent 53132A a 12 digit universal counter, more capable than commonly known 53131A 10 Digit Counter. Both are really nice units though.

unit i have bought did you have ultra stable oven oscillator so i made oven board, this unit also have option for third channel, my unit did not came with any third channel.. which is capable for frequency up to 12.5 Ghz with correct option installed. These optional board contains RF Gain blocks and frequency prescaler chips. many people have made there own DIY units but none of the is open source. So i have to make one open source DIY Design.

Although i did not needed any RF counter, but i still decided to make my self 3Ghz prescaler. Because when i was doing oven board so it was no too much hassle to make one more board.

here is how board looks

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Open Source DIY Agilent 53132A 53131A OCXO Ultra High Stability Oven Upgrade

While i was working with my own GPSDO project. i need to have a frequency counter with descent stability so purchased my self a Agilent 53132A which is a 12 digit frequency counter , big brother to 53131A 10 Digit Counter. Both are really nice units.
But they unusable standard Timebase. So optional oven oscillator time base need to purchase. but 53132A and 53131A both unit are no longer available for sale. and neither of the Time base upgrades.

At first i decided to look around for time bases on online retail sites as already knew other people are selling them.
But i had few doubts , how well the whole thing is put together. what kind of parts they have used? How good is oven they are using? and Are they using same parts as per the original Agilent time base?
As it is quite normal for stuff listed on common online retail sites, It are quite cheaply made. and i found not even a single Time base who provides exact Bill of martial and give any specification details about the OCXO they are having. ofcourse OCXO is quite expensive so they all were using old OCXO which is totally fine but some data should be available.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

GPSDO 10Mhz Standard Reference clock Distribution TruePosition

As i am working on my own GPSDO project i had multiple of these Trueposition GPSDO modules, for using them correctly i put them into enclosure. here is how whole project goes.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

DIY Isolated 10Mhz Distribution Amplifier for GPSDO, Rubidium, TCXO Reference

while working on own GPS diciplined oscillator (GPSDO) project i needed few references so bought multiple of TruePosition GPSDO board form True Position LMU300 receiver unit. These Trueposition GPSDO are relly nice boards but they as usual only one single output, so made my self This little Distribution board to have up to 6 Isolated 10 Mhz sine wave output.

There is not many things in hardware but few LC filter to clean 10Mhz sine wave and few powerful opamp with isolation transformers to drive multiple 50Ohm load.

DIY Open Source 4.4Ghz RF Signal Generator AD4351 USB Cross Platform QT 5

A little while ago i was working a project for which i needed signal source in Ghz range , but my Arb Generator goes only upto 120Mhz. so i looked around a found many people having tiny little boards based on analog devices AD4351.

From AD4351 Datasheet

"The ADF4351 allows implementation of fractional-N or integer-N phase-locked loop (PLL) frequency synthesizers when used with an external loop filter and external reference frequency. The ADF4351 has an integrated voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) with a fundamental output frequency ranging from 2200 MHz to 4400 MHz. In addition, divide-by-1/-2/-4/-8/-16/-32/-64 circuits allow the user to generate RF output frequencies as low as 35 MHz. For applications that require isolation, the RF output stage can be muted. The mute function is both pin- and software-controllable. An auxiliary RF output is also available, which can be powered down when not in use. Control of all on-chip registers is through a simple 3-wire interface. The device operates with a power supply ranging from 3.0 V to 3.6 V and can be powered down when not in use  "

its basically a PLL which take a normal crystal oscillator frequency range of clock and can produce really high frequency in the range of 35 Mhz to 4.4 Ghz.


Hardware consist of a usb controller and AD4351 Board purchased off ebay .
I had made little USB board based on the PIC16F1459 , this board has nothing but a usb microcontroller , fuse and passives. this little board is part 3 of the USB IO boards i did in the past. More details  about this board are published in other post.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Simple 3A DC Current Meter Using PIC for PowerSupply

This project is in the series of different small projects i did for new learner in mircrocontroller stuff.
In this project i am using PIC16F1459 mcu for no particular reason , any MCU can be used to implement this project. all you need an ADC and Few GPIO to drive LED display .  I am using internal 10 bit ADC of PIC16F1459 MCU .

Though 10bit resolution is quite low , with 3 Amps rage we can only get resolution of about 2.92 mA per bit. I would love to have a least 1mA per bit or better , but for that either we need to limit our range to 1A or have more than 10bit ADC. To get higher bit in ADC require either external ADC chip or use an MCU with has 12 or 14bit ADC.

i just wanted to keep this project simple and low cost . so i am okey with 2.92mA per bit.

Good thing about PIC16F1459 is , that this part has on chip reference , which we can use with our ADC to increase accuracy and stability .

Internal reference can be set to 1.024 or 2.048 or 4.096 volts.  i am setting to 2.048V.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

E-Ink Table Clock and indoor ,Outdoor Temperatur Monitor With PIC32MX

This is an follow up For the previous post in which i demonstrated how you can drive kindle E-ink display with a microcontroller. 

previously i was using a MSP430FR5739 , which is really low power mcu but has very little RAM and bit low speed to do anything related to graphics. E-ink has 800x600 pixel resolution so it required minimum 60Kbyte of RAM to store Frame Buffer. although you can easily getaway without frame buffer by directly doing incremental drawing on to screen but there are few issue in that because of the way E-ink display works. one more issue with there with MSP430 , it has very low program memory so we need some sort of external memory to store font data and icons. 

so i have decided to use PIC32 microcontroller , PIC32MX795F512H to be exact. which has enough of ram and flash  can go up to 80Mhz. which is more than enough for our purposes. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Simple Kindle E-ink E-paper Display Driver with MSP430

i have trying to get Kindle 6 inch e-ink display to work with Microcontroller quite some time because i really like the way e-ink display looks. Although many people have done it before but for some reasons there code was not working for me.  i have already tired with a my WireFrame FPGA Board but failed for unknown reason.  So i decided to give it try i designed a new board to give it Second Shot and i finally managed to get it "work" . this time i am using MSP430FR5739 microcontroller for no particular reason. i just needed a part so i used MSP430FR5739 Because i have used this before in my solar LED project.

This this just quick demo of concept to test if i got waveforms right. as MSP430FR5739 is quite slow and does have only 1KB of sram ,Controlling a 800x600 pixel display is really  pain. so i will use some powerfull microcontroller to display rich graphical content on this display.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Low Power Outdoor Wireless Temperature Sensor with MSP430 NRF24F01+ DS18B20 ,Whole Year Battery Life on Single 1200mAh li-Ion

In this post i am going to quickly describe , how to make really low power Wireless Temperature sensor for Outdoor Temperatur Monitoring. Though in this demonstration i am only having Temperature sensor but in theory you can have any type of sensor connected to processor and get in transmitted over RF.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Smallest Audio Spectrum analyzer "TI TMS320 DSP FFT Implementation" 96x16 OLED display

In this quick little demo i will show you real time 256 point audio band spectrum analyzer, i will be using ezdsp5502 board , which has TMS320VC5502 and for input signal sampling we are using onboard audio codec TLV320AIC3204B to sample input signal at 48Khz sampling rate. its  post is not going to be tutorial for FFT , the scope of this post is only to show how to get contentious input sampling ,FFT calculation and display on the little FFT Display.
with 48khz sampling  256 point FFT, we can see up to 22Khz singal in our 128 point FFT result ,  with resolution of 171 Hz for output point each point.