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DCC Command Station

Digital model control with the ARM7 micro

DCC Command Station
Electronics is making more and more inroads into the domain of model trains. Trains are now controlled with digital codes, and in many cases the entire system can be operated from a computer. In this article we present a design for the device that forms the heart of a digitally controlled model railway: the DCC Command Station. The computing power in this design is provided by a high-performance ARM7 processor.
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Gerber file

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Component list
R1,R3,R4,R6,R9,R14,R17-R22 = 10k
R2 = 470
R5 = 100k
R7,R10 = 680
R8 = 120
R11,R12,R13 = 1k
R15 = 100
R16 = 8.2
C1-C8,C10=C13,C15 = 100nF
C9 = 4700µF 40V radial
C14 = 390pF
D1-D4,D10,D11 = 1N4001
D5 = 1N4148
D6-D9 = BYW100-200
T1,T2,T3 = BC547
IC1 = MAX3232CPE
IC2 = 74HCT125
IC3 = 74LS125
IC4 = 7812
IC5 = 7805
IC6 = LTC1485CN
IC7 = TLP521-1
IC8 = 24C64
S1 = pushbutton, 6mm, PCB mount
RE1,RE2 = 12-V relay, 2x changeover, e.g. Finder type 40.52
Heatsink, Fischer type SK104, 25mm, for IC5
Heatsink, Fischer type SK104, 35mm, for IC4
K1,K2 = 20-way SIL socket
K3,K7,K10 = 6-way SIL pinheader
K4 = 4-way SIL pinheader
K5 = 9-way sub-D socket (female), angled pins, PCB mounting
K8 = 2-way PCB terminal block, lead pitch 5mm
K6,K9 = 6P4C modular connector, PCB mount, e.g. Hirose TM5RE1-66
K11 = 20-way DIL pinheader
K12,JP1,JP2 = 2-way pinheader
K13,K14 = 4-way PCB terminal block, lead pitch 5mm
K15 = 5-way SIL pinheader
ARM CPU module (unprogramme); Elektor SHOP item 040444-91
PCB, Elektor SHOP item 070989-11
Kit of parts incl. programmed ARM module; Elektor SHOP item 070989-71
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