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Engineering a robot while on ambien.

This design, this curse, is finally starting to gain momentum. I am sourcing parts for my robot and given I know what features I want to implement, part sourcing is still tough. I am loosing my mind trying to stay awake and thumb through data sheets as fast as possible. All while it makes since, while the mind is fresh. You could spend a lot of cash on a particular part, or change design and it may end up costing less. But never over look the old “caught up in this chess match of, well this part is cheaper, but this part is better.” Often I find myself designing a circuit using cheap parts only to find out that the cheap parts need supporting parts that cost too much. This is daunting and could be a career all in it self.
Nevertheless I press on. I found a perfect IC to backbone my H-Bridge. The A4904 automotive full h bridge MOSFET driver turns out be be a complete unit for driving N-chan Mosfets and particularly N-chan Power Mosfet. I get all this for $4.27 in a 24 TSSOP package. I think I will ask for 8 samples from Allegro. So this may end up free of charge.
pointer for the nerds. On datasheets the words “automotive” typically means that the device runs on ~ 12 volts. This is valuable to know as it makes searching for mosfets and other IC so much easier.
Starting to doze out I want to mention some last details that are my notes:
Circuits that are complete or partial complete
Bat-led-cell 12V 2000ah
Switching power supply 3.3v core I
Switching power supply 5v core II
5v precession reference core III
2. H bridges
Wireless Bluetooth
4 GPS 128 satellite tracking
4 Servos
4 DC motors
1 chassis
1 pan & tilt
I/R sensor array
Sound detection
Gas sensor, monoxide, co2 etc.
Time clock calendar
Television ir transceiver






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floodhound - raised by hippies in the green fields of Missouri. Bemused in electronics and machine tinkering.

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