Thursday, August 3, 2017

KiCad Getting Started Guide in Myanmar Language

KiCad is a suite of free software to design PCBs.[KiCad on Wikipedia]. I have been using it to make PCBs and it is OK so far. It is also easy to use. It comes with tools to check design rules and to produce Gerber files for manufacturing. I have written a getting started guide for KiCad in Myanmar language to take note about my experience and methods. And I combined them with English version guide which can be found on its website [Getting Started in KiCad, March 5, 2017]. My Myanmar version getting started guide for KiCad book can be found at

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Flash content protection for LPC824

In this article, I would like to discuss about evaluation of LPC824 low cost 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 microcontroller using OM13071 LPCXpresso824-MAX Development board. LPC824M201JHI33 is used in the board. Its size is only 5 x 5 x 0.85 mm in HVQFN package.

In order to evaluate it, MCUXpresso Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is downloaded and installed. Other tools for it can be found at this link . After launching MCUXpresso and assigning a workspace folder, example projects can be imported by clicking Quick Start Panel (near bottom left corner) -> Import projects from file system ... -> Browse LPC open resources as shown in the following figure.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Programming serial port in C++ with wxWidgets for Windows and Linux

We would like to present a class library 'serial.h' developed by us to use serial port (com port) on both Windows and Linux. This cross-platform 'Serial' class is written in C++. A simple example for C++ console program is demonstrated. Using it with wxWidgets for GUI application is also presented. The source code can be found at

Figure. A wxWidgets GUI application using 'Serial' class with Visual Studio 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

Opencv-3.2.0 on Windows 10 - 64 bit Using Visual Studio 2015

Using the latest version OpenCV (currently opencv-3.2.0) pre-built for 64 bit Windows with Visual Studio 2015 is discussed. It is available to download at
Then, the downloaded file, opencv-3.2.0-vc14.exe is extracted at C:\opencv as a folder called opencv320. Visual Studio 2015 IDE is downloaded from and install. The following steps are tested on Windows 10 64 bit using Visual Studio 2015 and OpenCV-3.2.0. For other versions, the precedures are similar.

At first OPENCV_DIR is declared as an enviroment variable. Run 'Command window' in administrator mode by right clicking start menu and choosing command prompt (admin). Enter

setx -m OPENCV_DIR C:\opencv\opencv320\build\x64\vc14

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A LaTeX Report Template for Myanmar Language Using XeTeX

This is a template for LaTeX report in Myanmar language using XeLaTeX. It is available at

To properly render Myanmar fonts using LaTeX, it is necessary to use TeX typesetting engines that support Unicode such as XeTeX. Simple examples for testing XeTex can be found in an older post Myanmar (Burmese) Language with XeTeX and LuaTeX.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Integration of Accelerometers

We have several 3-axis accelerometers attached to a rigid body at arbitrary positions. The rigid body is moving at arbitrary linear and angular movements, but the accelerometers can only sense linear accelerations. Consequently, the information about angular movements of the rigid body is not available.

A question is whether it is possible to integrate them to get an equivalent accelerometer without using angular movement information.
After consideration, I think the answer for that question is 'YES'.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Creating Dynamic Link Library (DLL) in C++ and Using it in Visual Basic .NET

I need to create a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) to be used in Visual Basic .NET 2012 (vs11). And I want to write the DLL in C++. Two different ways to accomplish the task are discussed below.

  • CLR Class Library
  • Win32 DLL