Circuit Cellar Ink 98
September 1998

Table of Contents


Janice Hughes

Task Manager

The Final Rendition


Reader I/O

Letters to the Editor


Harv Weiner

New Product News

  • FT9U24AM USB game port controller from Saelig Co.
  • Microgripper probes from Emulation Technology, Inc.
  • PC Caller ID plug from ITU Technologies
  • QED Analog Conditioning Board from Mosaic Industries, Inc.


Tom Consi
Jim Bales

PDF HTML, HTML, HTML Smart Rockets

Data Acquisition in Model Rocketry

Model rockets have always served as ideal vehicles for teaching physics and engineering basics. With this new data-acquisition device, Tom and Jim show how to trace the rocket's acceleration and store the entire flight and its data.

Download: rocket.ZIP


Robert Lacoste


Audio Spectrum Analyzer

Sure, a DSP can make the calculations and generate the pixel bitmap for an audio spectrum analyzer, but at what cost? Robert gets the same result from a single PIC processor with a design so good he walked away with a Design98 first prize.


Embedded PC


Harv Weiner

Nouveau PC

  • Elan104 SBC from Arcom Control Systems, Inc.
  • FCLite solid-state disk from Curtis, Inc.
  • CMi586DX133 cpuModule from Real Time Devices USA, Inc.
  • PCM-AUDIO-DLX PC/104 audio board from WinSystems, Inc.
  • MM686 PC/104 peripheral module from Inside Technology USA, Inc.

Embedded PC


Jim Brady

PDF, PDF HTML, HTML, HTML Networking with DeviceNet

Part 1: How DeviceNet Stacks Up

With all the debate on networks these days, it's easy to get confused about the differences between networks, buses, and field buses, particularly when a new technology comes along. Join Jim for the lowdown on DeviceNet.


Embedded PC


Ingo Cyliax


TCP/IP Networking

With Ethernet chips becoming a dime a dozen, it's a lot easier to justify having your network Ethernet driven. Ingo walks you through all the nitty-gritty steps of how to get your Ethernet-based device working with real-time capabilities.

Embedded PC


Fred Eady

Applied PCs

Radio Frequency and Micros, Part 1: Transmitter and Receiver Modules

Ever take on a contract, then realize it's a speck over your head? Fred, too. However, DVP's RF devices are out-of-the-box solutions. They let you operate many transmitter/receiver pairs just like an Ethernet network. No need to be an RF guru.


Robert Priestley

Automotive Travel Computer

Adding a Performance/Trip Monitor to Your Car

Start your engines! It's time for a high-tech car rally. This computer figures out your gas usage, distance, speed, RPMs, fuel, and more. It even has an alarm that lets you know when your heavy foot is tempting local police.



Stuart Ball


Build a Serial Port PROM Programmer, Part 2: Two Adapter Modules

After Stuart checks out the hardware setup for the low-cost serial port programmer he put together last month, he gives us an up-close look at how the software and programming algorithms make everything tick.


Jeff Bachiochi

From the Bench

The Next Step in EL Driver Technology

An alien? No, it's just Jeff wearing his new electroluminescent nametag. After debriefing us on the fundamentals of EL panels, he tells us how we too can get that strange green glow.


Tom Cantrell

HTML Silicon Update

Sensory Overload

Sensors Expo always offers the latest in sensor technology, and Tom's here to report. Whether it's position sensing, voice recognition, or strain guage devices, get a sense of what's best for your application.


Advertiser's Index / October Preview


Steve Ciarcia

HTML Priority Interrupt

Which Numbers Count

Circuit Cellar Online

Tom Cantrell

HTML Silicon Update Online

Yet Another Benchmark?

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