…In the past few months the sales of the ADC boards has greatly increased and so we experimented with the Arduino Uno to make a more complex test jig for the ADC boards and including a LCD screen to show the status of the board being tested and any errors in addition to basic Pass/Fail LEDS on the tester.
The new ADC Pi and ADC Pi Plus tester is a single board design which uses an ATmega328 processor to communicate with the board being tested via I2C and also with the LCD display. The tester has a precision voltage reference at 2.048V which is connected to the board being tested via pogo-pins.
The code on the ATmega328 then checks each analogue input 3 times to verify the input voltage and displays the input status on the LCD screen if it is within tolerance. If one or more of the ADC readings falls outside of range the LCD shows either H for high voltage or L for a low reading.
If the tester cannot communicate with the board being tested the LCD shows I2C Error which normally indicates a soldering issue with the level shifter mosfets or pull-up resistors…..
Each Friday is PiDay here at Adafruit! Be sure to check out our posts, tutorials and new Raspberry Pi related products. Adafruit has the largest and best selection of Raspberry Pi accessories and all the code & tutorials to get you up and running in no time!
Eink, E-paper, Think Ink – Collin shares six segments pondering the unusual low-power display technology that somehow still seems a bit sci-fi – http://adafruit.com/thinkink
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.