Friday, December 05, 2014

Microchip rumors and Mikroelektronika new products

In a few years, Microchip will release all his compilers for free, giving his partners enough time to change their compiler businesses!

This rumor is already old and I bet not many of us tend to believe it but, looking at Mikroelektronika, you will see that their PIC compilers haven't been updated in a long time, and that they are switching slowly to other microcontroller brands.

The most recent boards are

Monday, July 21, 2014

The long awaited PMP 2.0 has arrived

Finally, the Pic Micro Pascal 2.0 is available for download on Philippe Paternotte's site! Didn't tested it yet at full capacity, but at first sight it comes with a lot of goodies! This is what I saw until now:
  • we now have non-blocking delays based on TMR0 - a much improved version ported from Jallib. It allows us to write multitasking applications;
  • we have USB libraries and examples for CDC, HID and MSD - this is an awesome and much desired addition and no longer a reason to migrate to mikroe compilers, JAL or any other compiler/language with USB support;
  • a new project for a stepper driver;
  • the IDE detects and make use of an MPLAB X installation.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Using Geany as IDE for JALv2 language

Until recently I used Piklab as IDE for JALv2/jallib, but I wanted something simpler and easier to configure. So I found that Geany IDE, which use gtk+ libraries, meets my requirements.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Electronics CAD with Inkscape

This project was accepted into Google Summer of Code for 2013. Hopefully, at the end we will have the possibility to use Inkscape to draw electronic schematics and design the pcb with no restrictions regarding to shapes - you can be as creative as possible.

Inkscape can already be used as a CAD application for generating g-code sources for CNC Routers, thanks to this plugin. So, "Electronics CAD" is what is missing to have a complete solution for homebrew PCBs.

Can't wait to test it when it is done!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Pic Micro Pascal 2.0 - a fantastic alternative to commercial compilers

Philippe Paternotte is working from some time at the 2.0 version of Pic Micro Pascal, and that means a completely rewritten engine which will provide full dead code removal among other things. I recommended PMP in the past to many friends and strangers on the web but I don't know how many ended up adopting it, and the main obstacle was the absence of DCR. Well, is no more the case!

Monday, March 26, 2012

PIC32 Pinguino MX220 just arrived

Considering how many projects Olimex started almost same time, didn't expected the board to arrive so soon. After I opened the envelope, I was surprised to see how small is the little cardboard box. Well, the board looked even smaller :) . I like the fact that I can choose what type of connector I can use for shielding, breadboarding or just connecting wires.
Can't wait to make some time for this little board.

Thank you Olimex!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

gEDA tools, gschem and PCB, a team not for beginners

I made some projects with PCB in the past but never using gschem - were about small projects. But is "dangerous" without a net list. So, I started a dummy project to try them again.