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FC's Electronic Circuits

FC's Circuit Archive

New and Updated Projects

Software

Some of my Free Software may be useful for working on electronics projects.

Also, see my list of Linux Cross Assemblers and related projects.

Electronic Stuff For Sale

Several of the solar power circuits featured here are available from my kit enterprise, CirKits.com. You can support this site by buying a kit.

Overview

Here are some electronic circuits that I have designed and published. I have attempted to include a number of fairly unusual circuits, with an emphasis on useful applications over simple toy circuits. The majority of these projects can be built with readily available discrete components. Only a few of the circuits rely on microprocessors.

Micros can greatly enhance the power of a small device, but the specialized development tools can put the project out of reach for many hobbyists and the development systems tend to go obsolete. The Arduino platform is an easy to learn microprocessor platform with a free software development environment, it is so popular that it will be around for many years.

Most of the circuits on this site have been drawn with the open-source XCircuit circuit drawing program, it runs under both the Linux operating system and Windows.

I'm a big fan of the Linux operating system. If you have a spare PC lying around, I recommend exploring a number of different Linux distributions. Linux Mint with the Mate desktop performs well on older and newer hardware. Mint is a derivative of Ubuntu. Fedora is another popular distribution, there are many to choose from. A large selection of free electronic, audio, video and ham radio applications are available under the various Linux distributions.

Linux also makes a great platform for dedicated systems: take an older computer, install Linux and the appropriate free software utilities and turn it into a specialized device. Possibilities include web servers, firewalls (smoothwall), security systems, multi-track audio recorders (Ardour, Audacity), weather stations, music jukeboxes, Tivo devices, electric train controllers (JMRI) and much more.

The Android cell phone platform is quickly becoming the most wide-spread Linux-based system. Visit LWN.net for the latest Linux news.

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Electronics Resources

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Audio Projects

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Arduino Platform

Magazines

Electronic Kit Companies

Commercial Products for the Electronics Hobbyist

Electronics Software Tools

  • Eagle Cad Software for Windows and Linux (free version available)
  • XCircuit an open-source (free) circuit drawing program
  • PCB a free Unix/Linux Printed Circuit CAD program
  • Kicad Unix/Linux Printed Circuit CAD program
  • FreePCB PCB layout editor for Windows
  • gEDA collection of electronic design software
  • Open Collector electronic software
  • OROCOS Open Robot Control Software
  • Linux Cross Assemblers

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