I’ve been getting quite a few requests from people looking for the software that used to be hosted on VLSITools.com.  Since I’m no longer maintaining that site, I’ve added a software page to this blog where those tools can still…

Building My Router Table

In starting a workshop from ground zero (an empty 1.5 car garage), one of my first projects was constructing a router table.  I wanted something large and sturdy with a nice mobile base.  Commercial units were either too expensive or…

Terra Incognita & Transformerless Power

One of my recent projects involves a microcontroller circuit powered from AC mains. The project is heavily cost constrained, so my first reaction was to educate myself a bit on transformerless power supplies (converting 110Vrms AC into 3.3V DC without…

Atmel's 128RFA1 and the joy that is QFN

My latest undertaking, and the inaugural project of my new home workshop, is built upon Atmel’s Atmega128RFA1 chip.  Being a Microchip follower for the last decade, I was hesitant at first to jump into the Atmel pool.  After a week…