Applications

Nowadays electronics are omnipresent. Sometimes, to complete a task, just a smart, compact component is missing.
In those cases a small enterprise can provide a fast and cost effective solution.
On this page we provide a selection of solutions that were developed over the years.



EMI PreAmpEMI Wide-Band Pre-Amplifier
EMI Filter TestEMI Filter Test Boards
Digital IODigital IO-Module
Loadcell ADCLoad Cell Data Converter
SteganoSquareData Collector with Ethernet
ASi-XceiverSeriell-to-AS-i - Bridge
WLAN2UARTSerial-to-WiFi - Converter Platform
PMA302010Mechanical Test Adapter
BLEsensorBluetooth Low Energy Sensor
SSI_USB_DUOConverter Platform
SSI_USBConverter Platform
SSI_TOOL1Converter Platform with FPGA
ZirconiumControl Equipment for HPLC Analyser Pumps
HotDog5090Digital Temperature Controller for HPLC Column Oven
allTimerCustomer Specific Timer
TECLABDisplay Controller for Lab Instruments
RFID_baseCompact RFID Base Station
TQ10_melodySubminiature Melody Generator
xmasball2012Floating Christmas Ball 2012
CentiPadEmbedded Linux Module
USS1701Ultrasonic Gas Flow Sensor
RS422splitterRS422 Encoder Splitter/Repeater
ShutterDigital Speed Control for Shutter Motor
MAHPONGMAHPONG TV-Tennis


20dBm Wide-Band EMI Pre-Amplifier

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  • HF-pre-amplifier with adjustable frequency response
  • SMA female connectors
  • cascadable 50Ω inputs/outputs
  • applications
    • EMI probe pre-amplifier
    • spectrum-analyzer tracking-generator pre-amplifier
  • parameters standard configuration
    • main frequency range 20MHz to 1GHz
    • output power 20dBm
    • idle power consumption 90mA * 5V
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EMV Filter Test Boards

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  • testboard for the evalutaion of HF-properties of electronic components
  • allows validation of datasheet parameters
  • verification of interaktion between components
  • cost optimzation by component comparision
  • reduces EMI design risk
  • configuration examples
    • line and supply filter / dampening filter
      • SMA female connectors
      • coplanar waveguide 50Ω
      • pi-filter structure with several SMD-pads
    • supply filter
      • SMA female connectors
      • coplanar waveguide 50Ω
      • pi-filter structure with several SMD-pads
      • pi-filter structure with THT-Pads
      • auxiliary pads for SMD-fuses and protection diodes
    • universal carrier
      • pads for SMA female connectors or coax
      • filter struktures can be directly applied by insulation milling
  • example frequency response measurement
    • 1000Ω 0603 ferrite
    • various additional capacitors
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Digital Input-/Output-Module

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  • Bus enabled Digital Input-/Output-Module
  • Application interface
    • ARM Cortex M0 MCU
      • STM32F051K8
      • 64kB Flash / 8kB SRAM
    • 2x bus interface
      • 2-wire-RS485
      • 24V power supply
    • 4x configurable digital in-/outputs
      • digital input, isolated, wide range 5V..28V
      • digital output, isolated, max. 28V 100mA
      • status display
        • status LED green - input voltage detected
        • status LED orange - output contact closed
      • test buttons
    • temperature sensor
    • 1x status LED
    • all connectors are WAGO 250 terminal block 1,5qmm RM3.5
  • Housing
    • case and cable entries protection IP67
    • material: aluminium
  • Dimensions
    • PCB: 90mm x 68mm
    • Case: 100mm x 100mm x 81mm
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Load Cell Data Converter

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  • Bus enabled loadcell signal converter
  • Designed for official verification according to "International Recommendation OIML R 76-1 Edition 2006 (E)"
  • Application interface
    • ARM Cortex M0 MCU
      • STM32F051K8
      • 64kB Flash / 8kB SRAM
    • 2x bus interface
      • 2-wire-RS485
      • 24V power supply
    • 1x load cell
      • 4-/6-wire
      • AC/DC-measurement
      • 24bit ADC AD7195
    • calibration seal connector for hard firmware protection
    • temperature sensor
    • 1x status LED
    • all connectors are WAGO 250 terminal block 1,5qmm RM3.5
  • Housing
    • case and cable entries protection IP67
    • material: aluminium
  • Dimensions
    • PCB: 90mm x 68mm
    • Case: 100mm x 100mm x 81mm
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Data Collector with Ethernet

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  • Extendable module for multi-channel data collection.
  • Application interface
    • ARM Cortex M4 MCU @ 168MHz
      • STM32F417VG
      • 1024kB Flash / 192kB SRAM
      • 168MHz
      • CRYPTO-Hardware
    • 1x 100Mbps Ethernet
    • 5x UART RS232 RX/TX
    • 1x UART switchable RS232 / RS485
    • 4x digital input, isolated, wide range 5V..28V
    • 4x digital output, isolated, max. 28V 100mA
    • 4x ADC, 12bit, 0..3,3V
    • 1x SPI, 8x ChipSelect, 3,3V
    • 1x I2C, 3,3V
    • 1x SD/MMC Card
    • battery buffered real time clock
    • 1x status LED
    • power supply 5V
    • all connectors are WAGO 250 terminal block 1,5qmm RM3.5
  • Dimensions: PCB: 150mm x 135mm
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Seriell-to-AS-i - Bridge

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  • AS-Interface, short "AS-i", means Actor-Sensor-Interface. It is an industrial fieldbus system, which transports data and power supply on two wires. Since 1999 AS-Interface is an international standard according to EN50295 and IEC62026-2.
  • Application example:
    • power and data transport via two wires
    • data protocol: RS232 115200 8N1
  • ASi-Xceiver is an AS-i development platform which implements the following functions without AS-i-ASICs:
    • AS-i bus master
      • physical translation of Sensor/Actor-Data to AS-i
      • logical translation of Sensor/Actor-Data to AS-i- or proprietary protocol
    • AS-i slave
      • physical translation of Sensor/Actor-Data to AS-i
      • logical translation of Sensor/Actor-Data to AS-i- or proprietary protocol
    • AS-i power supply
      • injection of 24V supply voltage into the AS-i-bus
  • AS-i bus interface
    • 62 devices
    • data rate 160kBaud
    • line length 100m (without repeater)
    • WAGO 250 cage clamp 1,5qmm RM3.5
  • application interface
    • ARM Cortex M0 MCU
      • STM32F030F4P6
      • 16kB Flash / 4kB SRAM
      • 48MHz
      • TSSOP20
    • 1x UART (3,3V / RS232 / RS232 floating)
    • 1x SPI (3,3V)
    • 1x Status LED
    • supply output 3,3V (400mA max.)
    • supply output 24V (4A max.)
    • WAGO 250 cage clamp 1,5qmm RM3.5
  • AS-i 24V power supply
    • power supply input 24V (3A max.)
    • AS-i data coupler (3A max.)
    • WAGO 250 cage clamp 1,5qmm RM3.5
  • requirements specific parts assembly options
  • supply voltage range: AS-i bus voltage 16..34VDC
  • supply current: self < 40mA, standby-current application dependant < 5mA
  • dimensions: PCB: 85x56mm (optional plastic case ca. 114x64x29xmm)
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Serial-to-WiFi - Converter Platform

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  • WiFi/IoT - adds WLAN / IP to any device and connects your application to the "Internet of Things"
    • HTTP/webserver
      • provides wireless access via webbrowser from smartphone, tablett or laptop
      • uniform user interface for Windows, iOS, Android, Linux
    • TCP/IP / UDP/IP
      • flexible and efficient access, for example, to sensor data
  • WLAN spezifications
    • 802.11 b/g/n protocol
    • Wi-Fi Direct (P2P), soft-AP
    • Integrated TCP/IP protocol stack
    • +19.5dBm output power in 802.11b mode
    • Wake up and transmit packets in < 2ms
    • Standby power consumption of < 1.0mW (DTIM3)
  • application interface
    • 1x UART (3,3V or RS232)
    • I2C (optional), SPI (optional)
    • 2..7 digital inputs/outputs
    • user key
    • 2x LED
  • development environment
    • open IDE Eclipse/GCC
    • available for Windows 7 and Linux
    • long-term project maintenance safety
  • requirements specific parts assembly options
  • supply voltage: 3,3VDC fixed or 4,5V..14VDC
  • supply current: self < 200mA, standby-current application dependant < 0.1mA
  • dimensions: PCB: 43x29mm (optional plastic case ca. 60x36xmm)
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  • application in High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • development of the electronics hardware
  • support of low level firmware development
    • integrated controller for external column heater
    • 4 wide range digital inputs (5V..24V, up/down biased), 4 wide range digital output contacts (48V 250mA), 2 switched 24V power outputs
    • RS-232, USB, and Ethernet switch (TCP/IP) software control interfaces
  • EMC design of overall system
    • fitting circuit and layout
    • selection of components, for example, power supply unit
    • EMC compatible chassis optimization
    • supervision/performance of EMI-tests
    • supervision-/preparation UL/CSA/ETL-certification (electric/safety)
  • a product of prolab GmbH - the Zirconium Ultra/SP pumps
    • presented at ASMS 2013 in Minneapolis
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PMA302010 - Mechanical Test Adapter

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  • universal mechanical test adapter, adjustable to different devices under test
  • the fitting test device for professional quality control of your devices
  • design of the baseplate during the hardware design process, directly from device under test CAD data
  • transparent pricing - 50-65% typ. savings compared to third party suppliers
    • exchangeable base plate
    • leading, spring loaded guide pins
    • spring loaded contact pins
    • adjustable downholders
    • plastic adjustment screws for optimum downholder force
    • device under test specific electronics interface
  • technical data of standard adaptor (other dimensions available)
    • footprint (B x T): 300mm x 200mm
    • height: 100mm (w/out downholders)
    • usable area: 255mm x 155mm
    • mass: 2.5kg
    • baseplate thickness: 10mm
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  • compact Bluetooth sensor platform
    • Texas Instruments CC2541F254RHAT
      • 2.4-GHz Bluetooth low energy System-on-Chip
      • Bluetooth 4 Low Energy Standard (BLE)
      • up to 2Mbps data rate
      • MCU Core 8051
      • simplified BT accreditation possible
    • periphery
      • MPU-6050 6D-sensor
        • 3x acceleration
        • 3x gyro
    • step-up-converter
      • dynamically adjustable
      • operating mode dependent MCU voltage
      • 1x AAA NiMH 800mAh
    • MicroUSB-charging connector
      • charge logic
        • battery voltage measurement
        • charge current measurement
    • operating mode display by two LEDs
    • operating mode select by push button
  • Firmware
    • BLE Stack by TI for IAR Embedded Workbench
    • application specific extensions
    • TI drivers, for example, for Win10 and iOS
  • current consumption: < 0.2mA standby, 0.5..20mA operation
  • dimensions: PCB 50x28mm (including battery ca. 50x42x13mm)
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SSI USB DUO - Converter Platform

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  • flexible platform for customer specific converters, e.g.
    • translation from ABZ to SSI
    • SSI or ABZ scaling
      • e.g. 1000 pulses per revolution to 400 pulses per revolution
    • SSI to RS232 or RS485
  • digital interfaces for up to 2xSSI / 2xABZ / 6xRS422 / 6xRS485
  • fast bidirectional drivers for up to 10Mbit/s
    • achievable clock rates depend on the application (e.g. SSI-slave 2MHz, ABZ-scaling 1MHz)
  • communication 1x USB-device (optional RS232)
  • free logic configuration using ARM Cortex M4 Controller
  • requirements specific parts assembly options
  • power supply: via USB (opt. separate 5VDC or 24VDC).
  • current consumption: < 200mA
  • dimensions: 85x50.5mm (optional plastic case ca. 114x64x39mm)
  • SSI-products are listed at IB Kirchen
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SSI USB - Converter Platform

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  • flexible platform for customer specific converters, e.g.
  • digital interfaces for up to 1xSSI / 1xABZ / 3xRS422 / 3xRS485
  • fast bidirectional drivers for up to 10Mbit/s
    • achievable clock rates depend on the application (e.g. SSI-slave 2MHz)
  • communication 1x USB-device (optional 2x 3V3-RS232)
  • free logic configuration using ARM Cortex M4 Controller
  • requirements specific parts assembly options
  • power supply: via USB (opt. separate 5VDC-9VDC)
  • current consumption: < 200mA
  • dimensions: 68x43.8mm (optional plastic case ca. 87x57x39mm)
  • SSI-products are listed at IB Kirchen
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  • display- and communications-unit for a high performance temperature maintaing equipment
  • circuit design and firmware development
    • integrated STM32 controller for display, touch and backlight
    • communications interface between host-PC and dedicated temperature controller
    • staves programmable beeper, 2x case fan, 3 digital inputs, 1 floating digital output
    • RS-485, RS-232 and VCP-/DFU-USB software control interfaces
  • a product of head electronic GmbH - the TEClab16-24
    • presented at LASER World of Photonics 2013 in Munich
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allTimer - Customer Specific Timer

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  • customer specific timer with LCD
    • display range up to 99.99s
  • cost optimization by microcontroller application
    • assembly language program
    • instruction clock 8192 Hz
    • LCD direct control (glass only, 3-fold multiplexing)
    • program memory usage ca. 500 x 12 Bit
    • data memory usage ca. 23 Byte
  • microcontroller PIC16F57
    • 2048 x 12 Bit Flash
    • 72 Byte SRAM
    • 20 MHz max.
    • SSOP28 package
  • battery runtime
    • ca. 5000 operating hours using CR 2032
    • supply voltage 2.8..3.3V
    • supply current ca. 15..40μA
  • PCB
    • 52mm x 35,5mm
    • microcontroller
    • LCD-interface
    • battery holder
    • up-/down voltage converter (optional)
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Compact RFID Base Station

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  • industrial standard 125kHz RFID
    • EM Microelectronic EM4095
    • base modul for read/write
  • high range due to 2,8mH transceiver coil
    • adaptable to customer specific coils
  • integrated Manchester-to-serial-decoder
    • 5V-RS232, 9600 Baud
    • adaptable to customer specific protocols
  • microcontroller ATtiny10
    • SOT23-6 package 2mm x 3mm
    • 1 kByte Flash
    • 32 Byte SRAM
    • 8 MHz
  • module size
    • 26mm x 26mm x 3,5mm
  • development of hardware, firmware and test-/programming-adapter for IB Kirchen
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Subminiature Melody Generator


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  • demonstrator for subminiature tone generator
    • tone generator in assembly language
    • melody memory for 200 notes
    • minimal config is 4 SMD elements on ca. 1 square centimeter PCB
    • sensor input for e.g.
      • switch
      • light sensor
      • magnet sensor
    • ultra-low-power
      • standby current below 1 micro ampere
      • standby time at CR2032 several years
      • operating current ca. 1 milli ampere plus speaker current
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  • microcontroller ATtiny10
    • SOT23-6 package 2mm x 3mm
    • 1 kByte flash
    • 32 Byte SRAM
    • 8 MHz
  • PCB Demonstrator
    • 26mm x 11mm
    • microcontroller
    • PWM-amplifier and filter(optional)
    • voltage regulator (optional)
  • PCB with CR2032 battery holder
    • 29mm x 24mm
    • microcontroller
    • PWM-amplifier and filter(optional)
    • push button
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Floating Christmas Ball 2012


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  • Demonstrator for compact control application
    • PD-controller in assembly language
  • microcontroller ATtiny10
    • SOT23-6 package 2mm x 3mm
    • 1 kByte flash
    • 32 Byte SRAM
    • 8 MHz
  • PCB
    • 50mm x 11mm
    • microcontroller
    • PWM-amplifier
    • current measurement amplifier (optional)
    • power supply
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SSI TOOL 1 - Converter Platform with FPGA


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  • flexible platform for customer specific converters
  • digital interfaces for up to 2xSSI / 2xABZ / 6xRS422 / 6xRS485
  • fast bidirectional drivers for up to 10Mbit/s
  • precision analog inputs up to 2x 24bit +/-10V
  • communication 1x RS232
  • free high speed logic configuration due to FPGA
  • optional integration of XILINX PicoBlaze microcontroller inside FPGA
  • requirements specific parts assembly options
  • SSI-products are listed at IB Kirchen
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  • application in the High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • exact digital temperature control for highest reproducability of measurement results
  • cost optimized design based on Atmel AVR ATmega1284
  • communication via RS232 and Ethernet
  • development of the electronics hardware
  • support of low level firmware development
  • a product of prolab GmbH - the HotDog5090
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  • AT91RM9200 ARM9 CPU / SDRAM / Flash / miniSDcard
  • communication:
    • LAN / seriell / USB / Sound
  • interfaces:
    • address-/data-Bus / I2C / SPI / 1wire / CAN
  • 1,1W typical power demand
  • 94mm x 62mm
  • CentiPad was developed as a platform for HAREROD customer applications
    • recent application e.g. as development platform for the Finnish AALTO-1 satellite
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Ultrasonic Gas Flow Sensor

  • conversion of a LabVIEW setup into a cost efficient small appliance
  • analog frontend for ultrasound transducers
  • digital signal prozessor TMS320F2812
    • signal acquisition and processing (Assembler)
    • command interpreter (C)
  • system interface: 5V sensor supply and RS232 interface
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Digital Speed Control for Shutter Motor

  • application for medical gas analysis
  • replacement of an analog DC motor control by 8pin ATtiny15
  • simpler commissioning and better long term stability
  • longer life time due to additional motor fitness functions
  • significant cost reduction
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Control of a Portable Nutrition Pump with Microcontroller

  • application in medical patient nutritioning
  • replacing an analog DC motor control by 8pin PIC12
  • simpler commissioning and better long term stability
  • improved performance
  • significant cost reduction
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MAHPONG TV-Tennis

  • often build, fun for the whole family
  • BAS-video-generation in AVR-Assembler
  • link to German MAHPONG-Seite
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