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Do you have a question on Embedded electronics and controls? Ask our Expert, Paul Clarke

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Paul has 20+ years of working as a digital electronics engineer and has strong software skills in assembly and C for embedded systems. Currently developing embedded electronics for thermal management control solutions for the air movement industry (HVAC & RAC).




  • 1. Re: Do you have a question on Embedded electronics and controls? Ask our Expert, Paul Clarke
    piet.sijrier Level 1

    Hello, mister paul,

     

    I have buy a programmer LEAPER-3DLEAPER-3D from farnell.

    I will programming a E-prom type M27C512-12F1M27C512-12F1.

    Which type select I with de programmer software.

    sorry of my englisch.

     

    Greet

    Piet Sijrier

  • 2. Re: Do you have a question on Embedded electronics and controls? Ask our Expert, Paul Clarke
    pjclarke Level 5

    Hi Piet,

     

    First off its nice to see someone still using 27C EPROMS!

     

    I assume you mean which chip to select from the list of manufactures? There should be a device listed under NEC, suggest you start with 12volt devices and see how if it verify's ok. I think from having a look around you will find your chip is a 12.75volt device - if you can check with manufactures datasheet.

     

    Thanks

    Paul

  • 3. Re: Do you have a question on Embedded electronics and controls? Ask our Expert, Paul Clarke
    piet.sijrier Level 1

    Hello Paul,

     

    Thanks of  your answer.

    But I have a other problem.

    I must select the type in de list of manufactures.

    I can select 27C5120-Q100 of the 27C512-N100.

    What is the difference?

     

    Greet,

    Piet Sijrier

  • 4. Re: Do you have a question on Embedded electronics and controls? Ask our Expert, Paul Clarke
    pjclarke Level 5

    From what I remember these are Intel part numbers and that the N and Q relates possible to voltage or maybe somthing like packing type. The 100 in the gate time (100ns). Either should work, just chek voltages. It was always a little suck-it-an-see.

  • 6. Re: Do you have a question on Embedded electronics and controls? Ask our Expert, Paul Clarke
    StevenUlbrich Level 2

    Hello Paul,

     

    I have question for the M27C512-12F1. 

     

    Is it possible to retrieve the programming from the chip to understand the current process?

     

    During a recent building migration from one building to another a series of LED message boards where found, I want to update the system.  However, my knowledge and skill of electronics is minute. I know it could be a ambitious project.  I believe it would be great learning experience to update the system to use .NET Micro Framework on embedded system board to generate the messages.  The message would be updated using XeeBee wireless connection.  Nevertheless, I am getting ahead of myself.  The first task is to understand how the LED panels are controlled.

     

    The display sign employ 4 set of LED panels with each consisting of 12 (2 rows 6 columns) PARA LIGHT C-5580SRD (5 x 8).  Each panel is powered by 9 volts and daisy chained by 10 wire connection.

     

  • 7. Re: Do you have a question on Embedded electronics and controls? Ask our Expert, Paul Clarke
    michaelkellett Level 15

    Hello Steven,

     

    Googling suggests that the M27C512-12F1 is an EPROM. It's meant be read - so all you need is the data sheet. Of course reading the EPROM in a system won't get you far - you would need to know what the processor was and a full schematic as well. Can't you find the manufacturer of the panels and ask them how to use them ? Alternatively can you post some photos of the panel controller.

  • 8. Re: Do you have a question on Embedded electronics and controls? Ask our Expert, Paul Clarke
    StevenUlbrich Level 2

    Hello Michael,

     

    First, I must say “Thank You!” I appreciate you taking the time helping me understand. I should have realized that just reading the custom ROM would not provide all the answers.

     

    I have tried to locate the company of the DIGITAL-FAX unit without much luck. It seems the unit was built in 2000 (discovered from documentation for wiring a compute to the unit).   I took a series of photos and iPhone video of the controller and a display board. They can be reviewed at http://gallery.me.com/stevenulbrich/100040

     

    More Historical Information

     

    After searching, all I could find is the diagrams for connecting a dedicated PC to the message board.  The display is divided in to section a 3panels area for message and a single panel for a clock. The units receive the updates from a dedicated application install on a computer, then transmitted over a DB9 COM port (converted to RJ11 4-wire).  I created a simple diagram of the how the controller and LED display matrix panels are connected  (LED Message Board Overview).

     

    Steven

  • 9. Re: Do you have a question on Embedded electronics and controls? Ask our Expert, Paul Clarke
    michaelkellett Level 15

    Hello Steven,

     

    You now have a few options:

    1) if you have access to the PC application you could connect a panel to a PC and watch the RS232 traffice between the two and perhaps decode the protocol.

    2) the processor is a Z80 so you could get a set of development tools and try to reverse engineer the code  - this will be between difficult and very very difficult depending on how the code was written.

    3) reverse engineer the panels (so you can work out how to drive them) and make your own controller from scratch using modern parts - this might be the easiest.

    4) put a bit more time into trying to get hold of the original control protocol.

     

    If I were you I would spend a day or so on 4 and if that failed go for 3. The panels don't seem to have a processor so you should be able to figure out how they work.

     

    MK

  • 10. Re: Do you have a question on Embedded electronics and controls? Ask our Expert, Paul Clarke
    StevenUlbrich Level 2

    Hello Michael,

    Well this is going to be a great adventure. I hope that not a remake of the Odyssey.  I will try to reverse engineer the controller with up to date parts.

     

     

    Now, I have to start learning more and more.  I have decided to purchase some up to date component to help me learn the process.  SURE Electronics is offering a Demo Driver Board for 0832 Dot-Matrix Board can be used with the P4 32X16 RG Bicolor LED Dot Matrix Unit Board SPI.

     

    Do you have recommendations?

     

    Steven

  • 11. Re: Do you have a question on Embedded electronics and controls? Ask our Expert, Paul Clarke
    em071 Level 1

    Hi Paul

     

    i am new here and i came on element 14 to learn things i am interested in Embedded Systems do you have some good advice for a beginnger like to start i am a computer student i love AI but also have a pasion for hardward. i want to know what is a good set of kits to start with. i have been reading about arduino and other broads but really dont know where to start.

     

    and advice is most welcome

    Thanks

  • 12. Re: Do you have a question on Embedded electronics and controls? Ask our Expert, Paul Clarke
    StevenUlbrich Level 2

    Ben,

     

    I'm currently reading

     

    .NET Framework Board - Book to Read Getting Started With the Internet of Things
    Arduino Board - Book to Read Adruino Projects from the Evil Genius

     

    Steven

  • 13. Re: Do you have a question on Embedded electronics and controls? Ask our Expert, Paul Clarke
    pjclarke Level 5

    The arduino is differently a good starting point as you will not need much knowledge of hardware or software to get started. There is also lots of Shields that you can use as plugging so never having to switch a soldering iron on.

     

    After that its really where you want to go. AI is a long jump from basic C coding and basic hardware so I would suggest a progressive approach. Lear the arduino and then start designing you own hardware to go with it. Robot kits are common and easy to design, program and make something interesting. Design is about development, so do the same yourself, develop your skills is my advice and look for help as you go along.

     

    Check out Jeremy Blum for more information on Arduino (an expert himself) and also check out a young lady call RobotGrrl who is working on AI robots.

  • 14. Re: Do you have a question on Embedded electronics and controls? Ask our Expert, Paul Clarke
    jeezbo Level 1

    Hello Paul,

    i have a rather strange question that im sure has a simple answer, i hope i am asking the right person!!

    I am currently trying to make a 'magnet detector' and install it into a mans wrist watch, i really have no idea on which direction to take to create this circuit, all i have at the moment is some 10mm coin vibration motors (to secretly inform me once i am near the magnet) a small reed switch, and some 3v cell batteries. as the circuit is going to be built into a watch, it has to be fairly small and compact, but i do not know whether i need more than just the battery/reed switch/vibration motor hook up to achieve this or whether there has to bo some kind of amplifier or constrictor to ensure the circuit doesnt short out or anything. i am hoping that you might have some advice on how to make this and whether it might be better to purchase some hall effect sensors rather than the reed switch.

    thanks for any help you can offer me

    kind regards,

    Ben.

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