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In case anyone hasn't seen this, there is a cool 555 timer contest going on.
It is actually being judged by Forrest Mims!
http://www.555contest.com/
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Heh - that does sound like a cool contest - I'll have to check it out! Thanks for posting that!

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OK here's what we do.

Rub the Atmel writing off an Attiny85 and add something like NE555. Then write a nifty program that does something not too fancy (that will give the game away) but that will knock to socks off a 555 circuit  smiley-twist

What's the first prize anyway, a tube of 555s.
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What's the first prize anyway, a tube of 555s.
Nahh, a pretty hefty chunk of stuff probably
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guaranteed winner
design something that needs 555 of the little suckers! smiley
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I'm not sure what the actual prizes are, but they are being sponsored by DigiKey and Beagle Boards among others.
Also just read Hanz Camenzind who created the chip is also judge!
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I was thinking 555 LEDs in a project but that involves buying more...

Yeah the prizes should be pretty epic! smiley-grin
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Very clever. Is Attiny85 pin-compatible with 555?

OK here's what we do.

Rub the Atmel writing off an Attiny85 and add something like NE555. Then write a nifty program that does something not too fancy (that will give the game away) but that will knock to socks off a 555 circuit  smiley-twist

What's the first prize anyway, a tube of 555s.
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Rub the Atmel writing off an Attiny85 and add something like NE555.
I predict that it will have trouble driving 200mA through an output from a 12V supply...

The AVR reset circuit discussed recently isn't totally out of the running, though.  A bit on the simple side.

How else might a 555 be used together with a microcontroller?  This would at least be an area that hasn't already had hundreds of 555 circuits already published!
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Very clever. Is Attiny85 pin-compatible with 555?

not even close
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The capabilities of the 555 IC have been way overrated for some reason  smiley-razz
BTW Do you get extra points for building a working 555 on a breadboard with discrete transistors from the schematic?  smiley-grin
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They now have a list of sponsors and prizes totaling over $6,000, including a Fluke 287 and a BeagleBoard-xM!
http://www.555contest.com/prizes-sponsors/
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They now have a list of sponsors and prizes totaling over $6,000, including a Fluke 287 and a BeagleBoard-xM!
http://www.555contest.com/prizes-sponsors/
I have to admit, I was thinking of entering but since that guy's done the self balancing thing with a 555, I'm not going to.

No way I can top that.
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You know, mowcius, there are different categories - so you could submit something fundamentally different.
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Does it have to be a working circuit? I have this idea of completely covering a baseball hat with glued on 555 chips. I guess if it does have to do something electrically I could glue leds on top of the 555s. Damn battery will probably give me a headache.

I'm sure that hasn't been done before, and don't none of you go stealing my idea, just because Arduino is open sourced and all.
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