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USB Thermometer

A simple method to read data from the USB port

USB Thermometer
For many years the serial RS232 computer port could be relied upon as a sort of MacGyver universal port. Nowadays PCs are unlikely to be supplied with this 9-pin sub-D connector. When you need to hook up some electronics to a computer, the USB port looks like the only option. The computer however needs a corresponding software driver. Here we describe an elegant patch around this problem.
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Component list
R1,R3 = 68Ohm
R2 = 1.5kOhm
R4 = 470Ohm
R5 = 10kOhm
C1 = 100nF ceramic, 5mm pitch
C2 = 25µF 16V, electrolytic, 2.5mm pitch
IC1 = ATtiny85-20UP, 8-pin DIL, programmed, Elektor # 120620-41 [6]
IC2 = DS18B20, 3-pin TO92 case
D1,D2 = ZF3.6, zener diode, 0.5W
D3 = LED, green, 5mm
K1 = USB socket, Type A, PCB mount
K2 = 6-pin (2x3) pinheader, 0.1’’ pitch
PCB # 120620-1 [6]
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