March 13th, 2008

DIY Slave Camera Flash

Slave Camera Flash Hack in the picture

Matt Mets wanted to add a slave flash for his camera so he started working on this project by dismounting a flash from an old camera he had around. After doing some research on other projects with the same subject he was forced to build a clock to control the inverter because the original one was stuck into the old camera and was to messy to be extracted. The idea almost worked, but unfortunately the transistors overheated and melt a part of he’s board. He is now working on perfecting the circuit.

Slave Camera Flash Hack: [Link]

VMUSIC is a product that not only lets you add USB Flash drive interfacing to your product but allows you to play back MP3 and other popular digital music formats direct from a USB Flash drive. Extensions to the VDAP command set allow you to play a selected file as well as control the volume, balance, etc. of the sound channel and monitor the status of the file being played. VMUSIC is ideal for adding MP3 playback from USB drive capability to home entertainment and in-car audio systems, as well as other appliances requiring audio playback capability from USB Flash drives.

VMUSIC Module - easily add USB Flash Drive interface

Vmusic features include :

  • One USB “A” socket to connect to USB Flash drive
  • Audio line-out connector for audio playback
  • Stereo 3.5mm headphone jack socket and audio line-out connector for audio playback
  • Single 5V supply input
  • Program or update firmware via USB Flash disk or via UART interface

Link to product page.

    This news got my attention because I am a fan of flash memory and I’ve been waiting for some time a big capacity flash memory that can replace the Hard Drive from a computer. I don’t know if this memory could replace a Hard Drive but is definitely a big step forward. Samsung announced an advanced process to pack the maximum of 16 of the multi level cells just 30 nanometers. That means they are able to deliver 64 gigabits of flash memory onto one chip.

Samsung Prepares the 128 GB Flash Memory Card

    The process was called self-aligned double patterning technology (SaDPT). By using the process described above, Samsung can produce 128 GB NAND memory card. Consequently, the price for memory cards will drop, which is a good thing for the consumers. Also, the high storage cards could replace the traditional hard disks being more efficient. But we have to wait till the technology will be released, maybe in 2009.

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