Puttering With The Parallax Basic Stamp

microcontrollerusermicrocontrolleruser Posts: 1,168
edited November 22 in BASIC Stamp Vote Up0Vote Down
Looking at the Pulse Generator on the Professional Development Board 28138.

Is this suitable for testing an oscilloscope?

Here's link to manual.

https://www.parallax.com/sites/default/files/downloads/28138-PDB-Documentation-v2.0.pdf

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  • PublisonPublison Posts: 10,474
    edited November 22 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Yes, you can connect directly to an oscilloscope, but you can't use it for calibration of said scope.
    It is a free running generator and has nothing to do with the BSxx chip installed.
    Infernal Machine
  • "Puttering with a Stamp" sound like a fine Turkey project. I mean that in a good way today!
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • microcontrollerusermicrocontrolleruser Posts: 1,168
    edited November 22 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Thank you Publison and Erco

    Have a question about the RS232 hardware on Professional board.

    Is it equivalent to this Futurlec board?

    http://www.futurlec.com/Mini_RS232_TTL_5V.shtml

    What is DCE?
  • From Wikipedia:
    Connectors
    RS-232 devices may be classified as Data Terminal Equipment (DTE) or Data Circuit-terminating Equipment (DCE); this defines at each device which wires will be sending and receiving each signal. According to the standard, male connectors have DTE pin functions, and female connectors have DCE pin functions. Other devices may have any combination of connector gender and pin definitions. Many terminals were manufactured with female connectors but were sold with a cable with male connectors at each end; the terminal with its cable satisfied the recommendations in the standard.

    The standard recommends the D-subminiature 25-pin connector up to revision C, and makes it mandatory as of revision D. Most devices only implement a few of the twenty signals specified in the standard, so connectors and cables with fewer pins are sufficient for most connections, more compact, and less expensive. Personal computer manufacturers replaced the DB-25M connector with the smaller DE-9M connector. This connector, with a different pinout (see Serial port pinouts), is prevalent for personal computers and associated devices.

    Presence of a 25-pin D-sub connector does not necessarily indicate an RS-232-C compliant interface. For example, on the original IBM PC, a male D-sub was an RS-232-C DTE port (with a non-standard current loop interface on reserved pins), but the female D-sub connector on the same PC model was used for the parallel "Centronics" printer port. Some personal computers put non-standard voltages or signals on some pins of their serial ports.
    Is your Google button broken? :)
    Infernal Machine
  • The Futurelec board is similar. The PDB assigns the channels of the MAX232 to Rx,Tx,RTS,CTS while the Futurelec board doesn't assign the channels.
    To quote the Wikipedia:
    "RS-232 devices may be classified as Data Terminal Equipment (DTE) or Data Circuit-terminating Equipment (DCE); this defines at each device which wires will be sending and receiving each signal. According to the standard, male connectors have DTE pin functions, and female connectors have DCE pin functions."
  • Infernal Machine
  • microcontrollerusermicrocontrolleruser Posts: 1,168
    edited November 22 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Thank you Publison and Mike

    That cleared it up enough for now.

    Next question about motor driver circuit on board. L293D push-pull driver. Not the Servo one.

    Will that work for running the motors on this Tamiya robot?

    Their powered by two 1.5v batteries. I have not found out that much about them yet.

    https://www.tamiyausa.com/shop/educational-construction/remote-control-robot/

  • "The schematic shows they both use the same chip:"

    Yes Publison. It' s a popular chip. Tou find them all over. Like the 7805 regulator and the chip

    for the L293D push-pull driver.

  • microcontrollerusermicrocontrolleruser Posts: 1,168
    edited November 22 Vote Up0Vote Down
    This guy went the distance with Tamiya DC motor.

    https://www.pololu.com/docs/0J11/all

    Looks promising at this point.

    I'm going to do Parallax servo lesson.

    Any advantage to using servo hardware on Professional over Board of Education?
  • microcontrolleruser,

    The Board of Education (BOE) has servo ports that you can plug directly into.
  • microcontrollerusermicrocontrolleruser Posts: 1,168
    edited November 23 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Thank you Genetix

    Let me check out the Professional board and find out if the same or better.

    Here's pic of a CIE 3310 scope like ours. Ours has same paint scheme.CIE is Cleveland Institute of Electronics.

    CIE%203310%20Oscilloscope.JPG
    2288 x 1520 - 2M
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