Circuit Cellar Ink 86
September 1997

Table of Contents


Ken Davidson

Task Manager

Digital TV Now


Harv Weiner

New Product News


Do-While Jones


The New Digital Direction

Do-While traces the evolution of television technology, looking specifically at how compatibility with early technology has shaped current developments. He then introduces HDTV fundamentals, going over how the new monitors, bandwidth, and converters will work.

Note: See letter from Michael Coop in INK 91.


Mike Podanoffsky

PDF Compressing Audio and Video Over the Internet

With the advent of video technologies and the Internet, the plain old telephone service just doesn't cut it any more. Mike tells how a hardware/software codec maintains high-performance CD sound, full color, and high-quality image size.



David Prutchi

PDF The Laser Billboard

A Low-Cost Laser Image Projection System

In Texas, there aren't many distractions for drivers, so billboards are priced skyhigh. David finds an alternative by developing his billboard using lasers. He gives some laser basics before walking us through the steps of how to build our own.

Download: LASER.ZIP

Embedded PC


Harv Weiner

Nouveau PC

Embedded PC


Simon Napper

Writing Device Drivers for Embedded PCs

With less and less time to design a product, it's even more important to streamline the design cycle. Simon shows how writing device drivers via a code generator tightens the schedule, reduces errors, and organizes a team's code.

Embedded PC


Chuck Raskin

PDF HTML, HTML PC/104 Quarter

Motion Control with PC/104

PC/104 enables precise motion control to reach into the compact capacity of the indeustrial application's closet. Chuck guides the reader in what kinds of choices need to be made when PC/104 and motion control come together.

Embedded PC


Fred Eady

Applied PCs

Managing a NASA Plant-Growth Chamber, Part 1: Picking the Hardware

With our feet firmly planted on the ground, it's hard to imagine the adjustments necessary to take a plant experiment into space. Fred walks us through the sensors and hardware he needs to track humidity, temperature, and CO2.


Ingo Cyliax


MC68030 Workstation, Part 1: The Hardware

What do you do when components are no longer sold? Ingo built his own system. It was the only cost-effective way he could get a 68k platform to teach assembly-language programming when Motorola's MC68000 ECB was discontinued.


Advertiser's Index


Jeff Bachiochi

From the Bench

KBDXLATOR, A Cure for the 16.6-kbps Odd Parity Blues

At times, irritations in life become intolerable. This month, it happened to Jeff. He needs his keyboard to work as an asynchronous serial device. So, it's back to the drawing board.

Download: FTB86.ZIP


Tom Cantrell

Silicon Update

Radio Chip

Tom, a long-time hater of computer cords, reaches into the not-so-distant future to see what's coming to the rescue. His crystal ball shows RF chips unsnaggling the rat's nest under his desk.


Steve Ciarcia

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