Printed Circuit Board Guide For Beginners

Microcontroller tutorial solderingOh man! When I made my first printed circuit board, I was so thrilled!

It was extremely satisfying to be able to touch my own circuit board design. And today it’s time you learn it too.

And the truth is that the process isn’t that hard. There are just a few steps you need to go through. And anyone can do it – even if you have no experience from before.

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The Simple Way To Use a Datasheet

Frontpage of a datasheetI was sitting in front of my computer. It was the first time ever, that I was looking at a datasheet. I didn’t understand anything. This was too hard. So I closed it.

But I tried again and again. And little by little, I started to get familiar with the information in the datasheet. And it was actually really exciting!

If you are a beginner, you might have experienced the same. The datasheet looks really complicated – and you just want to close it right away.

However, when you learn what to look for, the datasheet soon becomes your best friend.

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Microcontroller Tutorial 5/5: Soldering and Programming the Circuit

Finished circuit for the microcontroller tutorialTo complete today’s part of the microcontroller tutorial – I have doubted myself, I’ve burned my finger and I’ve received a surprise bill from the customs.

But all in all, I’m very happy with the result. I made it work. And I love the feeling I get when I make something work!

We are now at part 5, the final part, of the microcontroller tutorial. Up until now we have learned:

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Microcontroller Tutorial 3/5: How To Design a Microcontroller Circuit

In this tutorial I will teach you how to build your own microcontroller circuit. This way, you can easily add microcontrollers to your own projects. We are now at part three of this tutorial.

In part one of the microcontroller tutorial, we looked at what a microcontroller is. We saw that a microcontroller is like a small computer, and that you can use it to build amazing things like cell phones or even your own handheld game-console.

Then in part two, we looked at different types of microcontrollers, and we chose one for our purpose. We chose the ATmega32U2 because we can program it through USB and it is reasonably easy to solder at home.

In this third part of the microcontroller tutorial, we are going to design our circuit from scratch. So we need to design a schematic diagram with all the components and connections necessary to make our circuit work.

Let’s build this thing!

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Microcontroller Tutorial 2/5: How To Choose a Microcontroller

In the previous part of the microcontroller tutorial series, we looked into the basics of microcontrollers.

Our goal is to build a microcontroller circuit that is as simple as possible. So that we can make it at home.

Next up in this tutorial is choosing a microcontroller. This can be hard! At least if you don’t know what you are doing. But after reading this second part, it will become easy ;)

Make a decision

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Microcontroller Tutorial (1/5): What is a Microcontroller?

Atmega164 microcontroller (IC)This is my first of five posts in this microcontroller tutorial series. Throughout this tutorial, I will be building a microcontroller circuit while documenting the process. By following what I do, you can make your own at home.

My goal is to make a circuit that is as simple as possible, and which requires no external programmers or debuggers. You should be able to just plug it into a USB port on your computer and program it.

I have not planned this out in any way. I am just going to build it, and write about the process. Hopefully we’ll end up with a usable circuit.

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Interview #1 – Elias Bakken: 3D Printer, Coffee Machine and Mini LCD-screen

Elias BakkenLast week I had the pleasure of interviewing Elias Bakken. He is not only a true master of electronics, he also masters the skill of mechanics. And I have to say I am jealous of his mechanical skills.

He is a good friend of mine and my old partner, so I’ve seen many of the amazing things he has built during his lifetime. We’ve also built quite a few things together.

Some of the things he has built lately are

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Learn What an Integrated Circuit Does to Your Circuit

An integrated circuit made in 2008 by Oyvind Dahl

The integrated circuit I made in 2008

Are you curious about the integrated circuit?

Back in the days when I studied microelectronics, I made my own integrated circuit. That was an incredible experience! I learned so much. And it gave me a pretty good insight into what this component is.

An integrated circuit is simply any type of circuit, made to fit onto a chip. Sometimes, we call it a chip, a microchip or an IC (Integrated Circuit).

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