Circuit Cellar Ink 92
March 1998

Table of Contents


Janice Hughes

Task Manager

Reality Alert


Reader I/O

Letters to the Editor


Harv Weiner

New Product News

  • Motor Mind B from Solutions Cubed
  • TIR2000 IR controller from Texas Instruments, Inc.
  • DI-150RS Starter Kit from Dataq Instruments, Inc.
  • Model 552 Series telephone line protector from Patton Electronics Co.
  • Model 5650A servo controller from Technology 80, Inc.


Bill Bailey
Jon Reese
Randy Sargent
Carl Witty
Anne Wright

PDF Robots with a Vision

Using the Cognachrome Vision System

Having a problem mastering Sampras's serve? This robot equipped with a color-conscious vision system, can chase down your wayward tennis balls. You'll find it's a grand slam system. Game, set and match to M1.


Ingo Cyliax

Power Systems in Autonomous Robots

Power presents a special challenge when it comes to robot design. After reviewing the various types of batteries, Ingo shows how he untethered the power system on the Stiquito robots he introduced in an article in INK 73.


Bruce Reynolds


Programming Intel's 8749 for Robotic Control

Bruce is an advocate of age-old wisdom: If you can do it simply and with common components, do it! As he proves with MicroBot, overkill is unnecessary. You can still cram a lot of functionality into an 8-bit micro.


Note: Information on 8749 availability by Craig Miller in INK 94 Reader I/O.

Embedded PC


Harv Weiner

Nouveau PC

  • ZF FlashDisk-SC from ZF MicroSystems
  • PCISDNU PC/104 terminal adapter from Xecom, Inc.
  • Embedded Processor Module from Intel Corp.
  • PC-500 single-board computer from Octagon Systems
  • PC/Ranger compactPCI enclosure from Kinetic Computer
  • 2107 single-board computer from Toronto MicroElectronics, Inc.

Embedded PC


Chip Freitag
Jeff Kirk

Converting 8051 Code for an 'x86 Embedded Processor

Although many prefer using C when moving to a 16-bit processor, there are times when low-level drivers and time-critical code demand that portions of the code remain in assembler. Chip and Jeff suggests ways to ease that process.

Embedded PC


Ingo Cyliax

HTML Real-Time PC

Picking a PC RTOS

To implement a real-time system, you have to figure out which RTOS to pick. Using a robot control application as an example, Ingo establishes what fundamental criteria you need to look at first.

Embedded PC


Fred Eady

Applied PCs

Embedding PC Card, Part 1: The Time has Come

With PC Cards, the designer gains many additional resources without the cost of incorporating all the functionality in everyone's product and without having to "buy" more real estate. Fred shows you how to make the most of PCMCIA.


Gordon Dick

Motor Speed Control with a Microtwist

If you need to modify an analog speed-control circuit, you're in for a major redesign. But if your system is digital like Gordon's, adding an extra feature isn't so complicated. Hop onboard to learn how to develop speed control with a 68HC11.

Download: Motorspd.asm


MicroMint Catalog


Advertiser's Index


Joe DiBartolomeo


EMI Gone Technical, Part 2: Suppression Components

Sometimes it feels like a case of eenie-meenie-miney-moe when it comes to figuring out which suppression component is best for you. Time to chat with Joe. He has some guidelines that help you find the best fit.


Jeff Bachiochi

From the Bench

Proprietary Serial Protocols -- No Help from Traditional UARTs

Even when you don't have the tools, you need to know how to get the job done. For instance, with proprietary protocol message formats, traditional UARTs aren't an option. Jeff checks your options.

Note: Comment by Terry Koh in INK 95 Reader I/O


Tom Cantrell

PDF Silicon Update

ShBoom Box

A little bored? Patriot Scientific's ShBoom to the rescue. It brings past and present together with stack-machine architecture, Java portability, and code density to make one mean little CPU.


Steve Ciarcia

HTML Priority Interrupt

For Once, I Sort of Agree

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