Creative Engineering

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April 28, 2018

Project Goals

  • Create a sophisticated embedded system that can monitor a plant's environment such as soil moisture, lighting level, temperature and humidity.

  • Display the sensor readings on a mini OLED display for users to review.

  • Intelligently enable the la...

February 22, 2018

Project Goals

  • Learn to connect the 5V popular distance sensor to the 3.3V S5D9 IOT board.

  • Use one shot timer to generate the trigger pulse to start sensing.

  • Use timer and input interrupt to measure the return echo pulse from the sensor.

Diagram 1: Connec...

February 18, 2018

Project Goals

  • Based on what is developed from Part 1 and Part 2.

  • Show how to use the powerful real time OS ThreadX to manage the run time for temperature reading and display update.    The benefits of using ThreadX are removal of the complex and error-prone mai...

February 5, 2018

Project Goals

  • Learn to configure ports for GPIO, PWM, ADC, QPI Flash.

  • Learn to generate the drivers for Timer, Input Interrupt, ADC, Watch Dog Timer, QPI Flash read/write

  • How to set up the hardware for testing.


Renesas S5D9 IoT Fast Prototyping Kit


February 2, 2018

Project Goals

  • Learn to configure port for popular bus standards.

  • Learn to generate both driver and framework versions. 

    • The driver version can work without ThreadX RTOS.

    • The framework version is suitable for applications that require ThreadX RTO...

December 14, 2017

Project Goals

  • Take what is developed from Part 1.   

  • Add an external SHT31 sensor. (new hardware) 

  • Change the code to read the current temperature (F) from an external SHT31 sensor instead of an onboard AMS EN210 sensor. (software change)

  • Add the...

November 10, 2017

Project Goals

  • Develop the basic C code from scratch for the S5D9 board

    • Read the current temperature (F) from onboard AMS EN210 sensor (I2C interface).

    • Display the current temperature (F) on OLED display (I2C interface).

    • Display the...

September 18, 2017

Project Goals

  • Use Alexa to have two way communication with the S5D9 board

    • Read the current temperature and pressure.

    • Turn on / off or blink the three built-in LEDs on the board.

    • Turn on / off or blink the two external LEDs that are connected...

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