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  1. J

    Interesting LED Driver for laser?

    Looks like it's just a high power resistor: link
  2. J

    Anyone familiar with Attiny13 programming?

    Very nice work! If you get the button interrupt working, you should be able to put that back in without slowing it down at all.
  3. J

    OPEN SOURCE: "CC-Boost" - 2.4 Amp boost driver - RC1

    Ran some more tests. I realized I didn't have the bandwidth limiter enabled on the scope. This cleaned up the signal a bit since most of the noise was >20MHz. Overall, same observations as before, namely: Under a certain threshold current (~1.8-1.9A) the driver oscillates about 1V pk-pk...
  4. J

    Anyone familiar with Attiny13 programming?

    I think you're right. I saw other arduino code so thought that maybe the attachInterrupt function would work the same. Check out the code near the bottom of this page: Pin Change Interrupts on ATtiny85 | The Wandering Engineer You'll only need an interrupt on PB3 so you'll just change out the...
  5. J

    Anyone familiar with Attiny13 programming?

    You can debounce with something like this: void ISR() { static unsigned long last_ISR = 0; // set static so it doesn't lose value on exit unsigned long interrupt_time = millis(); // If interrupts come faster than 80ms, assume it's a bounce and ignore if (interrupt_time - last_ISR > 80)...
  6. J

    Anyone familiar with Attiny13 programming?

    I'll have to look into which pins on the ATtiny85 can be used for interrupts, but I believe it has two. Basic structure will look like this: void setup() { (previous setup code) attachInterrupt(ButtonPin, ButtonISR, RISING) // sets up interrupt service routine that is called each time...
  7. J

    Anyone familiar with Attiny13 programming?

    Reading through the thread a little more, I see that you originally wanted to do PWM? I don't think that would be too hard to add. It looks like the ATtiny85 only has 2 hardware PWM outputs, but you could add the 3rd in software or even run all 3 in software. This is a really low overhead...
  8. J

    Anyone familiar with Attiny13 programming?

    I believe this might be due to the fact that on the first time through the loop, MemVar might be equal to 0 (assuming nothing has been written to that address yet). This might cause the program to crash on the digitalWrite since [-1][0] would be invalid. Try adding this after the EEPROM.read in...
  9. J

    OPEN SOURCE: "CC-Boost" - 2.4 Amp boost driver - RC1

    This particular scope is old and doesn't give a real clean signal anymore. The ground noise is around 30mV. I'm going to retest it tomorrow on the better scope. I guess next step will be to start scoping individual components to see if I can find something usual. I'll start with the inductor...
  10. J

    OPEN SOURCE: "CC-Boost" - 2.4 Amp boost driver - RC1

    I tested a second driver I assembled; same issue. There appears to be a "threshold" current below which it will not boost properly. For this driver, the threshold Rset is 412 ohm. Just below this, it outputs a clean 1.89A (startup shown in attachment). Just above that, and the output oscillates...
  11. J

    OPEN SOURCE: "CC-Boost" - 2.4 Amp boost driver - RC1

    Sure, see attached. Some more strange observations: The driver whines until I adjust the output current to >1.7A and at this point the Rset should be ~470 ohms. However, I'm measuring it to actually be around 320. If I try setting it higher, the output drops below 1.7A and then starts...
  12. J

    OPEN SOURCE: "CC-Boost" - 2.4 Amp boost driver - RC1

    Update- Retested with a voltage drop just over 5V and powered by a battery at 4V (power supply maxes out at 3A and it was saturating with lower supply voltages). Also added some heatsinking to the IC and inductor. Apologize for the old-school oscilloscope, nice one is in use by someone else...
  13. J

    The "Photino RGB"

    Very impressed by how professional this looks. It's not easy to make a one-off prototype look like a finished product. Great design work and excellent machining.
  14. J

    OPEN SOURCE: "CC-Boost" - 2.4 Amp boost driver - RC1

    That's not a bad idea. Maybe start a Github for this driver? That will make it easier to keep track of revisions, post scope shots, troubleshooting tips, etc. If you're looking for learning resources, I found this site pretty helpful: Switched Mode Power Supplies
  15. J

    OPEN SOURCE: "CC-Boost" - 2.4 Amp boost driver - RC1

    My initial guess would be that it is due to the internal switching in the IC. Assuming the low voltage drop is the issue, it would make sense that the switching isn't being regulated correctly since it's not seeing the voltage drop it's expecting. Could be something else though; I'm mechanical...
  16. J

    OPEN SOURCE: "CC-Boost" - 2.4 Amp boost driver - RC1

    Ah, that would make a lot of sense. I knew I was probably overlooking something obvious. I'll give that a try at work tomorrow and report back.
  17. J

    OPEN SOURCE: "CC-Boost" - 2.4 Amp boost driver - RC1

    Finally received the last of the components yesterday and put together a board. Output seems fine when checking with a multimeter, but further inspection with a scope shows a lot of oscillation. This occurs both when powered via battery (18650 panny) or power supply (voltage set at 4.1V, no...
  18. J

    LASER WATCH :< it was about time.

    Also Hackaday! Doing Unsafe Things With A Laser Watch | Hackaday
  19. J

    445nm Diode and Survival Laser Parts (Heatsink, 445 Driver & Pill, Lense)

    I would be interested. Where do you live?
  20. J

    what does the photo diode do?

    My only guess would be as a safety feature to turn off the laser if it's not detecting correct output. Not 100% sure though.




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