Circuit Cellar Ink 148
November 2002

Table of Contents


Jennifer Huber

HTML Task Manager

'Tis the Season


John Gorsky

New Product News

  • MUSKETEER reprogrammable ASIC "stamp" from QuickCores IP


David Tweed

HTML Test Your EQ


Shahzad Umar

Embedded Real-Time Java in an MPU

Java technology is rapidly gaining acceptance among developers all over the world. In this article, Shahzad will walk you through the process of embedding real-time Java on a 68HC11. As he explains the process, think about ways to apply the technology to your own designs.

Download: umar148.ZIP


Jennifer Huber

HTML PSoC Design Challenge 2002 Winners Announcement

  • 1st Place: PSoC Range Finder by Fabio Piana, Italy
  • 2nd Place: OnTV-21 by Bernard Debbasch, U.S.
  • 3rd Place: Vector-SoC, A 1-GHz Vectorial Network Analyzer by Robert Lacoste, France
  • Honorable Mention: Precision Digital Controller Using the PSoC CY8C26443-24PI Microcontroller by H.N. Naveen and S. G. Sriharsha, India
  • Honorable Mention: Intelligent Light Effects Controller for Entertainment Systems by Victor Kremin, Ukraine
  • Honorable Mention: LCR Meter by Laurent Lamesch, Luxembourg
  • Honorable Mention: Simple Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Phone Headset by Steven Wong Kai Juan, Singapore
  • Honorable Mention: Low-Power "Contactless" Tag Reader by Chanh Ho Minh, France
  • Honorable Mention: PSoC-Based Audio Analyzer by Jerry Wasinger, U.S.
  • Honorable Mention: Audiometer by Amit Davjekar, India
  • Honorable Mention: Sonoran: An Ultrasonic Cave-Mapping Platform by John Neumann, U.S.
  • Honorable Mention: Remote Human Health Monitoring System by Victor Kremin, Ukraine
  • Honorable Mention: Neurochip: Using Configurable Microelectronics to Study Neurobiology and Animal Behavior by Jaideep Mavoori, Mark Enstrom, Mike Tu, Chris Diorio, and Tom Daniel, U.S.


Vitit Kantabutra, Ph.D.
Pasquale Corsonello
Stefania Perri, Ph.D.
Maria Antonia Iachino

Efficient, Practical Adders for FPGAs

In the 1800s, Charles Babbage developed calculating engines that made addition more efficient. Today, carry-skip adders are used in many digital systems. Recently, a group of engineers took the technology a step further by designing efficient carry-skip adders for FPGAs.

Download: kantabutra148.ZIP


Divyata Kakumanu
Joel Jorgenson
Tristan Simetkosky
Conrad Thomas
Brian Morlock

A Low-Power Embedded Thermal Sensor System

It's important that your embedded electronics systems have thermal sensors capable of monitoring their external environments. With a PIC16C717 and this project as your guide, you can build your own low-cost, wireless, thermal sensor system for your future designs.

Download: kakumanu148.ZIP

Robotics Corner


Tom Baraniak

HTML Ultrasonic Homing Device

Tom Baraniak is neither an otologist nor a plastic surgeon, but he can definitely fix the ears on that robot of yours. With this project, Tom demonstrates how to construct a pair of ultrasonic ears that will enable your robot to steer its way to exact locations.

Download: baraniak148.ZIP


Richard Soennichsen

The Air Data Computer

When it comes to airplane safety and control, there's always room for improvement. In this article, Richard shows us how to enhance a small plane's control panel with an air data computer that's capable of displaying speed, altitude, and fuel data on a 2 x 24 LCD.

Embedded PC


Fred Eady

Applied PCs

Geckodriving Your Motor Control Applications

Although not a machinist, Fred knows how to retrofit old milling machines, and can apply this engineering technique to various projects. This month, he shows you how a Geckodrive and precision software can enhance designs that call for precision motor control.


Robert Martin

ARMs to ARMs

Part 1: Welcome to the World of ARM

Assimilating yourself to the world of ARM can be like moving to a new country: it's difficult if you're not familiar with the language and landscape. But with Robert as your guide and translator, you're sure to gain the confidence needed to use the architecture in your own projects.


Jeff Bachiochi

From the Bench

Smart Auto Brake Light Eliminates Turn Indicators

Small engineering projects won't end world hunger, but they can make the roads a little safer. This month, Jeff gives you a good reason to follow him closely: he's building an animated solid-state brake light.



Tom Cantrell

Silicon Update

Sensors and Sensibility

At the 2002 Sensors Expo, Tom saw the determination of designers to create innovative, sensible sensor technology. This month, Tom explains where sensor technology has been and where it's going.


Advertiser's Index / December Preview


Steve Ciarcia

HTML Priority Interrupt

As Long as the Light Goes On

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