2014 Happy New Year!!!

钟表,可以回到起点, 却已不是昨天; 日历,撕下一页简单, 把握一天很难。
2013只剩最后1天, 若是美好,叫做精彩; 若是糟糕,叫做经历。
随着年龄的增长, 我们不是失去了一些朋友, 而是懂得了谁才是真正的朋友!
缘分万千,顺其自然;以心换心,才能永远 !
祝福所有的朋友和家人:旧历圆满,新岁飘香!2014 新年快乐!

“当上海遇见布拉格”捷克艺术展览 – 赴上海参观捷克Dalibor自制的辉光管

“When Shanghai meets Prague” exhibition – Visit nixie tubes made by Dalibor at Shanghai Museum of Glass.

2013年12月21日,上海,晴,3℃
作为一名痴迷的辉光管爱好者,当然不会放过任何机会亲自参观国外辉光大师的作品,在听说捷克艺术展览“当上海遇见布拉格”在上海玻璃博物馆开启以后,就开始期待这一天!
今天在好友的带领下,顶着寒风来到了上海玻璃博物馆,冷落了一楼那些别致的玻璃艺术品,直奔二楼捷克展馆。
刚进捷克艺术展馆,摆在入口中间重要位置的,就是我的好友/捷克玻璃工艺大师/资深辉光管爱好者 Dalibor的辉光钟作品,当然,这两颗仅有的辉光管就是Dalibor本人手工制作的。
在设计之初,Dalibor在问我,他想将这个作品起名叫“Shanghai Time”,让我帮忙给起一个中文名字,想来想去,还是觉得“上海时光”比较贴切。
更加荣幸的是,这个作品的高压升压部分,用得就是我的NCH6100HV辉光管高压升压模块
展览时间从2013年12月11日 至 2014年3月11日,历时4个月,上海玻璃博物馆在上海市宝山区长江西路685号,希望上海的朋友可以亲自前去观赏。
去的朋友记得给Dalibor投个票哦!
下面,就和我一起来欣赏Dalibor的辉光管作品:

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2013.10.19-20 上海创客嘉年华 37号展台. 『辉光钟之家』作品展

2013.10.19-20上海创客嘉年华『NixieClockHome | 辉光钟之家』将展出所有作品 (37号展台),诚邀各位朋友莅临现场。
地址:上海杨浦区淞沪路290号 创智天地广场

NCH6100HV 辉光管高压升压模块 | Nixie Power Supply

最后更新日期 | Latest Update 3/12/2018:

感谢微软工程师Kevin的详细评测!
A big thanks to Kevin, a Software Engineer at Microsoft, for his professional and detailed review. He did a great job making a nixie clock of his own, using my NCH6100HV as the high voltage module.

以下引用自他的文章 (原文链接 https://0x7d.com/2017/nixie-tube-clock/#Nixie_Power_Supply):“If you are looking for a good off-the-shelf power supply, YanZeyuan’s NCH6100HV is a pretty good choice. As a word of warning, don’t get the cheaper knockoffs as they use inferior components. The fake one I got was capable of sourcing ~200V but could only source 8mA compared to the 40mA from the NCH6100HV. The NCH8200HV is also a good choice if you are looking for a smaller high efficiency (86% @ 17mm × 18mm!) power supply.”

译文:如果你需要一款(辉光管)的电源,严泽远的NCH6100HV是个非常好的选择。不过需要注意,不要买市面上的假货。我买过的假货可以提供~200V的电压,但是只能提供8mA的电流,而严泽远的NCH6100HV可以提供40mA电流!如果你正在寻找体积更小、效率更高的辉光管高压电源,NCH8200HV也是一个很好的选择,他可以做到高达86%的转换效率,体积只有17mm x 18mm。

以下是购买链接 | Where to buy the genuine NCH products:

中国 China:

NCH6100HV: https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=22046131143
NCH8200HV: https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=556285148260

Direct in China 中国直销: Email yan@nixieclock.org

美国 USA:

Amazon 亚马逊:
NCH6100HV: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074N5LVFH
NCH8200HV: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074S2T7X3

Direct  in US 美国直销:Email aiden@nixie.ai


原文:

辉光管绚丽的色彩源自辉光气体放电效应,但辉光气体放电的必要条件就是高电压,故很多喜爱辉光管的朋友在制作辉光管应用之前,往往止步于这个如何产生高压的问题;
从我最早的QS30-1辉光管时钟作品,到最新的IN-14辉光钟v2版一路走来,曾设计和更新了多种DC-DC高压升压电路;这一次,我把升压电路单独封装成高压升压模块,为各种不同电压和电流应用需求提供了方便可靠的能量源;

NCH6100HV高压升压模块是一款专为荧光管、辉光管、电平指示管等高压用电设备设计的高效率直流至直流变换器,它采用高性能固定频率电流控制模式控制器为核心,内置精密陶瓷可调电位器,输入电压范围12-24v输出电压范围85-235v,并且具有外部控制引脚,能够方便的打开和关闭高压输出。
整个模块体积小巧,转换效率高,发热量低,并且带有免接线式输入/输出端子,使用方便,也可以使用标准的2.54mm间距插针将本模块方便的固定在其他电路板上。

 

先Show看一下整个模块的实物照片:

再看一下它的驱动能力:(下图为12颗前苏联产IN-18辉光管,阳极电压170v,阳极电阻6.8KΩ,符合IN-18推荐阳极电流4-6mA)

 

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红外线遥控器全新升级 | New IR Remote

相对于复杂的造型设计,我更追求简约的外形风格,所以,我的时钟作品几乎都采用红外线遥控器来进行控制;例如开关机、查看日期和闹钟以及温度、设置日期时间等等;
之前一直采用时下流行的超薄遥控器,她身材娇小,很薄,21个按键也能够满足需要,但通过这些年的观察发现,超薄薄膜型红外遥控器的寿命比较短,使用时间久了需要用力按压按键才能正常使用。

为此,经过对市场上众多同类产品的对比和筛选,Nixie Clock Home的新款红外线遥控器全新升级!

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基于Futaba GP1211AI的VFD点阵动画时钟

声明:本作品的电路设计和软件设计为kazuyuki。
自从白菜VFD 128×64在市场上出现以来,相信有不少朋友都过了把VFD的瘾,尤其是在kazuyuki的带领下一路过来,版本已经升级到了V7。
我也忍不住口水,弄了一套kazuyuki的V7套件,过了把瘾。在此,感谢kazuyuki,感谢所有为玩转128×64付出过的朋友们。
但是外壳的设计和制作一直以来都是DIY的瓶颈,对于V7来讲,一款廉价又实用的外壳显得尤为重要;
今天,终于结束了V7裸奔的日子,经过几番设计,一款成本在15元左右的V7外衣诞生:

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IV-18荧光管电子钟装配指南【IV-18 Energy Pillar Assembly Instructions】

上个月推出了IV-18(ИВ-18)荧光电子管时钟DIY套件,由于外壳装配过程稍稍复杂,所以这两天用Solidworks绘制了一整套3D装配指南图片,供大家参考。
IV-18 (ИВ-18) the VFD tubes Clock DIY kit published last month, the housing assembly process is a little more complicated, so these two days with Solidworks drawn complete set of 3D assembly guide pictures for your reference.

整个外壳的装配过程请按照图示说明进行,如有疑问请大家给我留言!
The housing assembly process is carried out in accordance with the illustration, any questions please leave a message or email me!

此图高分辨率,点击此图可以放大! Click to enlarge!

此图高分辨率,点击此图可以放大! Click to enlarge!

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IV-18(前苏联ИВ-18)荧光管电子钟【Energy Pillar.能量柱】【严泽远作品】

一直以来,对金属质感的东西颇有些亲睐,但鉴于DIY金属外壳的难度,自从水晶城堡作品诞生以后,就没有打算在金属外壳设计上再投入大量的时间和精力。直到……

直到遇见IV-18荧光电子数码管以后,又开始了一轮新的折腾……的确,IV-18荧光管独特的外形、通透的管身,冷艳的色彩,让她与金属外壳搭配一定是完美的创作。于是,经过一次又一次的设计、修改、打样,一年多断断续续的制作,又一款电子管时钟作品诞生——Energy Pillar能量柱……


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Adapter for IV-22 VFD Module | 荧光管显示模块转接板

IV-22 VFD Module | 荧光管模块 设计之初就考虑到了外接电源与I、O接口的连接问题,同QS30-1辉光管显示模块一样,我也为她设计了专用的Adapter转接板。
原本,模块与模块之间均采用的是单排弯脚的8Pin排针和排母,这些针脚包括所有的控制I/O和电源接口,所以对于应用来讲,要连接电源适配器或者Arduino等控制模块需要朋友们自己动手用杜邦线连接,无法用MiniUSB线直接为模块供电,有了这个转接板,可以方便的使用DC3.5/1.35接口的直流电源或者MiniUSB接口直接为模块供电,见下图:

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IV-22 VFD Module for Arduino [hardware design]

VDF tube, vacuum fluorescent display, which was invented in Japan in 1967, typifies the display component of the vacuum electronic era.

Just as the Nixie Tube, VFD tube is also on the verge of extinction. It has been fade out from modern applications since the 1990’s. Young generations may have never seen its limpid cyan fluorescence, given life by the intelligence of the last century.

With the same concept of developing the Nixie Tube module for Arduino, in order to make the VFD tube reborn, combined antiquated electronics with modern technology, the VFD tube module is developed as independent blocks. Without headaches about high-voltage generation, logical driver, soldering, geekers can focus their time and energy on achieving the design idea of the final works. Meanwhile, for designers with no electronic background, Arduino is all they need, of which 4 I/O pins can supply full control on a dozens of VFD tube modules with individual RGB led background lights. Other MCU systems or developer kits would do the same.

Thanks aGuegu for testing my VFD tube moudle first-handed and developmet of its Arduino library.

The technology of VFD is still widely used nowadays, however, no more in tubes. VFD screen is Hi-fi equiment, Automobile instrument panels. This device consists of a hot cathode (filaments), anodes (phosphor) and grids encased in a glass envelope under a high vacuum condition. The cathode is made up of fine tungsten wires, coated by alkaline earth metal oxides, which emit electrons when heated by an electric current. These electrons are controlled and diffused by the grids, which are made up of thin metal. If electrons impinge on the phosphor-coated plates, they fluoresce, emitting light. Constract to the Nixie tube, it requires lower supply voltage, which means is safer and longer life expectancy.

This module application use model IV-22 (ИВ-22) VFD tube, dimensioned as a rectangle of 32mm * 22mm. It display on top with 12 pins. These batch of tube were mass manufactured in former Soviet Union during the Cold War, whereas, they are stored in warehouse corners and being forgotten. But its material guarantees its unlimited shelf life.

The specifications of IV-22 VFD tube:
1.  High vacuum inside, unlike the inertia in nixie tube.
2.  Lower vlotage requirement and energy consumption. The filament voltage is between 1.0 and 1.3 volt, working both on DC and AC. The voltage of anodes (phosphor) against grids is 22-30v. The current in filament is 100mA, while 4-10mA in grids.
3.  Seven-segment digital display, can present decimal figures and basic letters.
4.  Cyan colored, bright light with high contrast, visible even in daylight, and not Glare.

Check some photos, and more description comes afterwards.

http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff474/yanzeyuan/Nixie%20Module%20for%20Arduino/IV-22%20VFD%20Module/2012_12_12_IMG_8615.jpg

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