Circuit Cellar Ink 104
March 1999

Table of Contents


Elizabeth Laurencot

Task Manager

Archival Alternatives


Reader I/O - Circuit Cellar On-line

Letters to the Editor


Harv Weiner

New Product News

  • ADAM-3000 signal conditioning modules from American Advantech Corp.
  • Design Center breadboard from Diversified Engineering
  • DS87C550 microcontroller from Dallas Semiconductor
  • iceMaster-8051-SF from MetaLink Corp.
  • VC Series industrial cameras from Vision Components


Peter House

A CEBus Plug-and-Play Relay

Now that prices are falling for a complete receive-only device, it's getting even easier to create a low-cost consumer electronics device. Listen up to see how Peter built this CEBus relay. The secret for its success is in the power line.



Craig Pataky

PDF In Black and White

A Barcode Decoder

Decoders are plentiful and you can certainly buy one, but sometimes you need to build your own for a custom application. That's what happened to Craig. Listen up as he explains how to make sense of the world in black and white.



Ross Bannatyne

Driving in New Directions

A Chipset for Vehicle Control Systems

Chipsets cut down on development time because there's less of a need to evaluate interacting components. They're even more valuable if they can be applied to a number of related products (ABS, TCS, and ESP come to mind ...).


Bob Perrin

PDF HTML Web-Based Circuit Engineering

You use the Internet, right? E-mail, online catalogs, search engines -- they've become part of daily life. Soon, you may even get to simulate circuit designs online. Listen in as Bob sorts through the design trends available on the Web.

Embedded PC


Harv Weiner

Nouveau PC

  • PC/104 Can-Tainer enclosure from Tri-M Systems, Inc.
  • MMT-188ES SBC from Midwest Micro-Tek
  • TEK-CPCI-1004 Pentium CompactPCI SBC from Teknor Industrial Computers, Inc.
  • PC/II+DX '486 PC/104 SBC from Megatel Computer (1986) Corp.

Embedded PC


Richard Russell

Embedded Framework and Foundations

Any structure needs a good foundation, and embedded applications are no different. Effective development of the structure requires a sturdy framework. Richard helps us out by putting one together for '186-based systems.

Download: Russell.ZIP

Embedded PC


Ingo Cyliax


Embedded RT-Linux, Part 5: Real-Time Programming

Information without an application doesn't take you far. So, Ingo finishes up this series by showing us how to put Linux to work. He describes how to install the RT-Linux extender and demonstrates how the different functions work.

Embedded PC


Fred Eady

Applied PCs

ICE on Tap, Part 1: SuperTAP Setup

Faster than a speeding bit, able to emulate '486 processors in a single bound -- it's SuperTAP. This virtually crash-proof system uses two processors for debugging, and Fred's got all the hardware details right here.


Joe DiBartolomeo


TPU, Part 3: Programming in Microcode

If you're going to program the TPU, you'd better know how to use its native microcode! But, the real trick to writing microcode is understanding the hardware. Fortunately, Joe, has all the explanations right here.


Jeff Bachiochi

PDF HTML, HTML From the Bench

JTAG: Working with CoolPLD

A lot of manufacturers are seeing the advantages of JTAG, especially when it comes to in-circuit serial programming. Join Jeff as he takes a look at one of the low-cost tools that make it all possible.


Tom Cantrell

PDF HTML Silicon Update

Flash Forward: The 68HC908GP20

Tom thinks the 8-bit MCU market is getting back on the growth track and flash MCUs are going to be a big part of it. Join him as he takes a look at a new player whose name you may already be familiar with.


Advertiser's Index / April Preview


Steve Ciarcia

HTML Priority Interrupt

Paper is Dead?

Circuit Cellar Online

Tom Cantrell

HTML Silicon Update Online

Yet Another Architecture?

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