Circuit Cellar Ink 38
September 1993

Table of Contents


Ken Davidson

Editor's INK

Mainstream Processing


Reader's INK

Letters to the Editor


Harv Weiner

New Product News


Michael R. Smith

Is the AMD29050 a FIR-bearing Animal?

Can the Am29050 RISC processor be used where a dedicated DSP normally rules? Using a finite impulse response (FIR) filter as an example, one university professor explores the possibilities.



David S. Birkett

Using Your PC for Function Analysis and Control

With the addition of a bit of hardware and software, there is a test bench hidden inside your PC. Find out how to control chip-level function generators and analyze incoming waveforms, all with your PC.



Dwayne Phillips

Neural Network Basics

You don't have to be a surgeon to understand how neural networks function. Dwayne introduces the Adaline and Madaline, two fundamental concepts in neural network design.

Download: NNET.ZIP


Ed Nisley

Firmware Furnace

Ticks, Pops, and Restarts: The '386SX Project Gets a BIOS Extension

The PC's built-in BIOS doesn't always do all the tricks you need. When you have some custom hardware, it's time to add some custom software. Find out how to add a BIOS extension and check out another Nisley war story.

Download: FF38.ZIP


Jeff Bachiochi

From the Bench

Giving the Optical Card Reader Improved Vision

Concluding his optical ID card reader project, Jeff adds a Hewlett-Packard optics package to improve the reader's resolution and adds a dedicated processor for some network-ready intelligence.


Tom Cantrell

Silicon Update

Penny-pinching OTPs

When you're in a pinch for space and need to keep costs down, but must have more smarts than a simple gate array can provide, it's time to check out the latest round of tiny, inexpensive processors from Phillips and Zilog.


John Dybowski

Embedded Techniques

Storage for the Masses

Using a small microcontroller doesn't necessarily mean you're saddled with a small amount of memory. Using bank-switching techniques or even a special serial interface, lots of memory is well within your reach.

Download: ET38.ZIP


Advertiser's Index


Russ Reiss

Patent Talk


Ken Davidson

ConnecTime -- Excerpts from the Circuit Cellar BBS


Steve Ciarcia

Steve's Own INK

The Collegiate Challenge

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