I installed Arduino IDE 009 since I figured I should learn this stuff if I’m going to sell Arduino’s (and clones)
My project today was to build a simple NPN Hfe (Beta) meter to do some tests on the now ultra-rare 2sc2291 matched pairs. My multimeter has one but I wanted to make sure I was testing with the same setup as the one in the datasheet, with a Vce of about 6V and Ic = 1mA. The results are in the x0xd0x wiki
This is the breadboard circuit I used:
its similar to the one described on the x0xb0x page, but with the op amp swapped around for NPN’s
The sketch is rather small, I just take the two analog measurements, do a bit of math and spit out the calculated beta. I checked this against my meter and it matched up for lower betas (although not for higher ones, which may mean I’ve got current leaking into the opamp)
If you design and hack electronics for fun or work, then you know that PCB costs can be a big part of your budget. There’s a lot of manufacturers there, and they all use different pricing schemes.
Argh! So hard to compare!