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Being Thrifty like a Radio Ham Oh right, I am an Amateur Radio Ham and being so we like to make reuse and recycle stuff wherever possible. I'm taking the punt that I can successfully use a Pioneer Kit an external PSoC 4. This is described stealthily in the Pioneer Kit User Guide in the Appendix A.4. All that needs to be done is to replace the zero ohm resistors for R32, R33 and R34 (highlighted in the yellow in the photo below) with some jumpers or DIP switches. These are tiny surface mou ...
Pioneering Pmodifications  Pmods are a quick way of getting peripherals connected and working. They are trademarked and designed by Digilent for use with their CPLD and FPGA training kits.   The designers of the PSoC 4 Pioneer Kit had the foresight to include a Pmod compatible port to expedite development and it did in my case. The connector is not supplied you so you'll need to provide your own if you plan to use it. Be aware that the pins used for the Pmod compatible port are ...
PSoC - The Electronic Duct Tape  Literally, within seconds I had my first SPI project up and working. Just plop a SPI Master onto the Schematic Diagram. Hook up the input and output pins (internally). Reconfigure the input pin to use a resistive pull up. Hook up a source clock. I chose 1kHz. Hook up the SPI Master's reset line to Digital Logic '0'. Map the input and output pins. Insert a SPIM_Start() function into the initialisation code area. Insert a SPIM_WriteTxData(0x55) into ...
Preparations With my own deadline of the week before Christmas I commenced procuring the important parts for the prototype. These are the PSoC 4 Pioneer Kit and WS2812B LEDs. Element14 Australia had the Pioneer Kits in stock and they arrived the next day. Unfortunately Element14 does not stock the WS2812B LEDs just yet so I had to resort to ebay and ordered two sets of LEDs elsewhere. One set arrived about 2 weeks later and the first set are apparently still in transit some six weeks later ...
Introduction   Every single year Christmas displays become more elaborate.  What started out a set of fancy incandescent light bulbs on a tree and a string of coloured incandescent lights on a house in the 1960s has now become a full light stage show with animatronics puppets. With such grandness comes a whole raft of issues. The ones that stand out to me are – the setup, the lack of synchronisation between lights, the pack up and stowing of all of the equipment when the festiv ...