Circuit Cellar Ink 153
April 2003

Table of Contents


Jennifer Huber

HTML Task Manager

Engineering Pop Culture


John Gorsky

New Product News

  • Flashlite 186 DOS-based SBC from JK Microsystems
  • MC3110CP parallel-interface motion processor from Performance Motion Devices, Inc.
  • USBee LX Digital Test Pod from CWAV
  • MCF5407 soft modem reference design from Motorola, Inc.
  • SM5415 and SM5455 pressure sensors from Silicon Microstructures, Inc.
  • OEM2500 Coyote Rabbit 3000 based SBC from Z-World


David Tweed

HTML Test Your EQ


Mike Keesling

Autonomous Robot

Mini-Sumo Meets IsoPod

Before putting your pride on the Shikiri line in a mini-sumo ring, you should make sure your warrior 'bot has the brains to match his brawn. In this article, Mike shows you how to build the perfect IsoPod-based brain for your autonomous robot warrior.

Download: Keesling 153.ZIP


Peter Hiscocks
Jim Koch

Electrical Engineering Robot

Follow the Line

Interested in steering their students toward successful electrical engineering careers, Peter and Jim built a line-following robot. Serving primarily as a lab aid, the eebot is a ready-built starting point for students enrolled in software and system programming courses.

Download: hiscocks & koch 153.ZIP


Lonne Mays

HTML Muscle for High-Torque Robotics

Is your favorite robot getting to be a bit too atrophied for your taste? Does it lack vim and vigor? If so, don't worry. What you need is high torque and speed. With the MC33887D integrated H-Bridge and a little direction from Lonne, you can bulk up your robot in no time.


Robert Morrison

Updating the Home Control System

Part 2: FPGA Design Methodology

Ethernet support, audio, and video -- these are what HCS dreams are made of. Last month, Robert awakened you to the possibility of bringing such technology to the table. Now he's back with the FPGA design methodology and source code to get you started.

Download: morrison 153.ZIP


George Novacek

Communications Protocol

MIL-STD-1553B Data Bus

In the early 1970s, the MIL-STD-1533 communications protocol -- grandfather to many of today's protocols -- was created to enhance military and aerospace applications. In this article, George maps the MIL-STD-1533's history and explains its effect on new technology.

Embedded PC


Fred Eady

HTML Applied PCs

Test-Driving the Z8

Do you remember your first experience with the Z80 microcontroller? Some things sure have changed over the years. Follow Fred as he looks to the past and future while test-driving the easy-to-use, inexpensive Z8 Encore! development kit from Zilog.

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Bruce M. Pride

Portable MSP430 DMM

To develop and debug electronic control-based systems, Bruce designed a portable DMM. By combining multimeter functions and a power supply in a single device, he has logic-level detection and point-to-point continuity capabilities, and can power breadboard circuits.

Download: pride 153.ZIP


Ed Nisley

Above the Ground Plane

Balanced Mixing

Ed knows how important carefully controlled mixing is to radio design. This month, he'll show you how to bring some practicality and efficiency to your next radio project. So, get ready to learn what a switched-diode, double-balanced mixer can do for you.


Jeff Bachiochi

From the Bench

Intro to Mindstorms

Give Legos to a child and get half a multicolored airplane in return. But what happens when you give them to an engineer with a micro and motors? Before answering, let Jeff introduce you to the Mindstorms RIS.

Download: jeff 153.ZIP

Short Solutions


Tom Napier

Get One-Chip Programmer Power

Have you been searching for one-chip programmer power? Look no further than your own workbench. In this article, Tom shows you how easy it is to build an LM78S40 converter chip to supply a PIC or PROM programmer with 5 and 13 V.

Download: napier 153.ZIP


Tom Cantrell

HTML Silicon Update


Some tickets allow you to see professional sporting events, others get you into amusement parks. This month, Tom familiarizes you with E-Chips -- the newest and hottest tickets for accessing the I-way.


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Steve Ciarcia

HTML Priority Interrupt

What You Don't See Counts

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