Circuit Cellar Ink 160
November 2003

Table of Contents


Jennifer Huber

HTML Task Manager

Tools and Techniques of the Trade


John Gorsky

New Product News

  • LH7A400 Zoom SDK for Sharp Bluestreak from Logic Product Development
  • rfPIC Development Kit 1 from Microchip Technology, Inc.
  • Nios Development Kit, Stratix Professional Edition from Altera Corp.
  • Cypress PSoC Evaluation Kit from McGilvra Engineering
  • PicoServio and Servio servo and I/O controller from PicoBytes, Inc.
  • 9XCite low-cost 900 MHz transceiver from MaxStream


David Tweed

HTML Test Your EQ


Engin Ipek
Bruce Land

Mixed-Signal AVR Simulator

Engin and Bruce have designed a mixed-signal AVR simulator that you can use to analyze the analog, digital, and program behavior of small systems built around AT90S8515 microcontrollers. The simulator is a great tool to have in the classroom, but, as you'll soon see, it's also perfect for your workbench, particularly because you can modify the source code to handle multiple processors.



Jennifer Huber

Flash Innovation 2003 Design Contest Winners


Philip Nowe

HTML Timing (Analysis) is Everything

A How-To Guide for Timing Analysis

Philip's main issue with young engineers is that many of them have been taught excellent circuit design techniques but haven't been schooled in the importance of timing analysis. What is timing analysis? Why is timing analysis important? How do you perform timing analysis? Whatever your level of expertise, you're sure to find Philip's answers informative.


Yoon Cho
Joe Huntley
Greg Nuttall
Bryan Olson
Derek Richardson

Pure Digital Audio

Build An All-Digital Amplifier

What do you get when you lock a group of engineers, a PIC16F877, and various audio parts in the same electronics lab? Just what you'd expect -- an intelligent design that will enhance any home entertainment system without breaking the bank. Follow this step-by-step article, and you'll soon have a powerful, all-digital audio amplifier for your home entertainment system.



Aubrey Kagan

Hierarchical Menus in Embedded Systems

What is the most efficient method for implementing menu structures in embedded systems? Aubrey had been mulling over this question for several months until he recently worked out a way to implement a hierarchical menu system that allows you to reuse software for displaying and changing parameters to save ROM space and achieve maximum flexibility.



Danny Graves

High-Temperature Superconductor Overview

The expensive cooling processes needed to achieve the superconducting state can make using superconductors impractical. High-temperature superconductors, on the other hand, don't need to be cooled as low, and are therefore less expensive to use. Danny's review covers the basics to get you started experimenting with high-temperature superconductors.


Jim Turley

Programming the 386 in 32-Bit Protected Mode

Remember when the 386 was the hottest chip on the market? Today, there are dozens of other 32-bit CPUs, and the 386 is no longer the superlative processor. But wait, there's a lot you might not know about the 386. In this article, Jim explains how entering Protected mode will open your eyes to the 386's applicability.

Embedded PC


Fred Eady

HTML Applied PCs

RF Made Simple

Think of Fred as your own personal litmus test for all of the new embedded technology thrown your way. This month, he brings the LPRS easy-Radio to the Florida room and puts it to the test. Read on to find out if his results impress you enough to try your hand at building an easy-Radio/CH2124 modem station.


Jeff Bachiochi

From the Bench

OOPic Eases Programming Headaches

Does programming give you a headache? If so, Jeff recommends OOPic, which allows you to combine predefined objects (e.g., keypads and LCDs) in a virtual circuit, and then compile and download the code in a special processor. It's that simple.



Tom Cantrell

Silicon Update

Go Sell the Spartans

What does the future hold for the modern FPGA? The answer isn't cut and dry. FPGAs are massively successful, but as time presses on, they are becoming increasingly complex and remaining pricey. This month, Tom looks at the direction of the FPGA industry.


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Steve Ciarcia

HTML Priority Interrupt

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