Future online laboratories through chipKIT

A few professionals have published a research paper “A novel concept for configuring online laboratories” with the use of PIC kit in the Experiment International Conference.  (See below abstract)

They are interested in doing this with chipKIT in the future. Abstract—Embedded online laboratories are becoming frequent nowadays, because they can include both the functionality of a data acquisition device and the functionality of a webserver and this, in turn, results in lower implementation costs. However, while it is easy to configure a laboratory server which is located on a computer, the local configuration and control of an embedded laboratory is more challenging, because of the lack of interactive peripherals (such as the keyboard is to a computer). This paper introduces a novel concept which allows administrators to easily achieve the local configuration of the embedded (on-chip) laboratory parameters (including network settings) by using a mobile device.

Reference: B.Deaky, T. F. Andrade, L. Parv, “A novel concept for configuring online laboratories”, in Proceedings of the 2nd Experiment@ International Conference — Online Experimentation (exp.at’13), Coimbra, Portugal, September 18-20, 2013, pp. 79 – 82.

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TEN-TEC Introduces an open-source QRP transceiver powered by chipKIT Uno32

Rebel

TEN-TEC launched a new QRP transceiver based upon a completely different platform than any other rigs they have in production: a QRP radio, built on the chipKIT Uno32™ (Arduino-based software) to be known as the Model 506 Rebel.

The TEN-TEC Rebel model 506 transceiver is designed with the purpose of providing Ham Radio operators a platform for developing and writing code using the open-source Arduino programming environment. It is a factory built CW QRP radio with a Chip Kit Uno 32 Arduino compatible processing unit that holds the operating program. The radio is provided with programming for basic operating functions that allow it to be used immediately as a basic QRP transceiver. Additional operating functions can be programmed by the user, either by writing the code or copying/adapting code developed by members of a growing  number of Arduino special interest groups. It is this sharing of programming routines and ideas for functionality that is the heart of the Arduino open-source concept.

Basic features include a 40 & 20 meter QRP transceiver with internal jumpers to change bands.  Full band coverage on both bands.  Typical power output will run 4-5 watts with 13.5 VDC.  A drift free operation is achieved through DDS synthesizer technology.  CW sidetone through headphones. Three filter bandwidth choices and three tuning rate adjustments included with the stock program.

You can check the details at the product webpage 

Tom Witherspoon, a hobbyist, wrote a review for the Rebel at his website QRPer

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Reference materials for chipKIT

Dr. Andrew Veronis, Advanced Micro Circuits and Donald Jackson, Labcenter Electronics North America has created a reference materials called “A User’s Guide to chipKIT and Pmods”. It includes eight chapters including “What is microcontroller, Programming and so on. Each chapter covers theories, examples and hands on projects. It is free downloaded at https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-oA-HSAnFDnVzAzeVVzOUFoRGs/edit?usp=sharing
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