Circuit Cellar Ink 31
February 1993

Table of Contents


Ken Davidson

Editor's INK

Increasing the Bandwidth


Reader's INK

Letters to the Editor


Harv Weiner

New Product News


H. Brooke Stauffer

PDF The Smart House System

A Technical Overview

There are a number of home automation technologies vying for market share. SMART HOUSE was developed as a proprietary system initially aimed at new construction. Find out just what makes SMART HOUSE tick.


Jeff Fisher

PDF Switched-On CEBus: A CAL Interpreter

The key to future home automation products will be a standard means of communication. CEBus shows promise of being that standard. Find out what the language of CEBus looks like and how it is used.

Download: CAL.ZIP


Steve Ciarcia

PDF Temperature Monitoring

Add Some Temperature Sensors to the HCS II

When Steve encounters something that just doesn't sound right, he jumps right in to verify it for himself. He recently had a new HVAC system installed and had to find out just how well it really works.


Ken Davidson

Putting the Wraps on CEBus

We've finally come to the end of the process of putting the CEBus specification together. Now that engineers can begin designing real products, what is being done currently and what can we expect in the future?


Ed Nisley

Firmware Furnace

Blindsided by Technology: The '386SX Embedded Firmware Project

Having long ago pushed the little 8031 to its limits, Ed has set his sights on a new development platform for future projects. While some may think his choice is overkill, you'll soon agree with his reasoning.

Download: FF31.ZIP


Jeff Bachiochi

From the Bench

Simple Steps for Easy Positioning -- Controlling Stepper Motors

What do you do when you need precise motor control without a feedback loop? Use a stepper motor. Basic stepper motor control doesn't have to be hard, especially given the caliber of controller chips available.


Tom Cantrell

Silicon Update

Smart LEDs -- The Hard Way, the Soft Way, and the Right Way

The ubiquitous LED can be found in countless display applications. New display modules and driver chips are making the job of adding a highly readable display to your next project even easier.


John Dybowski

Embedded Techniques

Embedded Timepieces

Since most embedded controllers deal with real-world events, a real-time clock is usually a necessity. There are lots of options available, with the hardware/software tradeoff usually deciding which one is used.


Russ Reiss

Patent Talk

Let Me Explain

As the information age continues, CD-ROM technology has made a wealth of data available to desktop computer users. Russ introduces us to several patent databases and sets the stage for his new column.


Advertiser's Index


Ken Davidson

ConnecTime -- Excerpts from the Circuit Cellar BBS


Steve Ciarcia

Steve's Own INK

The Sample Game

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