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Silicon Chip May 2012

This month read about the new Australian Synchroton, this impressive circular, megavoltage machine enables scientist's to determine the structure and composition of all materials, this excellent article looks inside the building and explains the theory behind the operation. Also this month, a look at ADSL technology and how it delivers high speed internet to most homes. This article explains the basics and also provides a useful glossary, giving definitions of the various acronym's used in ADSL literature.

This month's projects includes a terrific new PIC and AVR Programming board, this unit will program most of the PIC and AVR microcontrollers on the single board. The unit is compatible with the various programming software from Microchip and Atmel. A standard single ZIF socket is used for programming the microcontrollers, allowing quick and easy removal of the IC, once it is porgrammed. Also this month, a professional High Temperature Thermometer, this unit can measure from -50°C to 1200°C and also provides thermostat switching at a set temperature. The Thermostat can switch on either high or low thresholds and includes a heavy duty relay for switching. The unit is ideal for ovens, kilns, solder baths, fridges or freezers. A digital readout is provided and the unit is housed in an attractive case. Finally this month, the construction details for the 1.5kW Induction Motor Speed Controller, this high performance unit can be used on a wide range of Induction Motors, to provide accurate speed control. All projects come complete with circuit diagram and electronic parts list.

Part Code: SILCHIPMAY2012


  • The Australian Synchroton
  • Getting The Most from ADSL


  • PIC/AVR Programming Adapter Board, Part 1
  • High Temperature Thermometer/Thermostat
  • 1.5kW Induction Motor Speed Controller, Part 2
  • SemTest: A Discrete Semiconductor Test Set, Part 3
  • Ultra Low Distortion 135W Stereo Amplifier, Part 3

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