Contest proposal

Im thinking about hosting a small contest. 

Prizes are…
1st…  Arduino pro
2nd… Arduino pro mini
3rd… 10% off entire tindie order from my shop

Whats the contest? Hmm.. I was thinking something along the lines of a scrolling message bar. Something scalable… meaning size/length can be altered.

Im interested in seeing how other people out there code.

The rules are simple. You make it yourself nothing bought. Your own code or library. No arduino libraries no premade stuff. I want to this made from scratch. Your final code must be open source and the hardware files open hardware. 

The point is to share and help others learn.

Ill figure out more details soon and also create an actual entry form.

If interested email me at jason@atomsofttech.com or comment below.

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MicroMini USB Hero! Now at Tindie store

Check it out!


Atom32 v8 .. any thoughts?

OK some specs listed at end









PIC32MX795F512H (80MHz)
MicroSD Connector
3 User LEDs
3 User Buttons
RST Button
USB Power
UART – SPI – I2C – GPIO – ICSP Broken out
500mA MCP1825 Regulator
MicroSD Card Reader – MAX14502 using a simple switch to switch over USB & MicroSD from PC to PIC32 Control.

Might provide a Fubarino patch.
Will provide a RetroBSD Port on github as soon as final is made.

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New boards soon!

Let me atart by saying thanks to everyone who ever ordered from my tindie store. If it wasnt for yoy a lot of cools ideas would not be surfacing and funding wouldnt be coming in.

I plan on getting at least 3 boards added to the products list and upgrading a few existing boards.

On the list of upgrades are:
MicroUSB Hero

Something new to expect:
Step up and Step down adjustable
LCD Backpacks (tft and character)
uSD Master

And more perhaps :)


Hantek DSO5102B


Ok just in is my new Digital Oscilloscope. Its has a 100 MHz Bandwidth and 1GS/s with some cool features. I havent had much time to play with it as of yet but here are some pictures.

As for a rumor on the PLASTIC being bad and/or weak connectors/holes. This thing is STURDY! Feels like a its tough and there is NO type of weak connections (as of yet at least).

The LCD is perfect and clear. The probes seem pretty strong as well. Heavier than i would have expected for a wire :)

If i get some time ill write a proper review :)

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Atom32 Redesign… v8

i (1)Just took the day to make this. (image above) Its a new Atom32 almost exact pin usage. The pin layout is 100% the same except its smaller :)

This version while smaller will cost more for a couple reasons. Besides high cost of BOM, (i sold other ones based on parts i had laying around) this version will allow you to use it as a USB card reader. You simply it the switch and it disconnects USB and MicroSD from pic to use on PC. The chip that controls this cost a lot.. $22 i get them for less in bulk from MAXIM Direct but still. That’s a hefty price on a single IC.


I know this may seem like a lot but to be honest…. saves a lot of programming and possible error. I have designed with these and know they work perfectly!

Would love some thoughts on this :) 

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How to load RetroBSD onto the Atom32 Video!