Circuit Cellar Ink 181
August 2005

Table of Contents


Jennifer Huber

HTML Task Manager

Modern Solutions Improve Outdated Projects


John Gorsky

New Product News

  • C compiler for Freescale's ColdFire from Crossware
  • SG-BGA-6156 0.8 mm pitch BGA sockets from Ironwood Electronics
  • EZSV10 DC Brush Servo Driver from AllMotion Inc.


Steven Pope

Flight Computer for High-Power Rocketry

Steven's ZSAT II flight computer can compile data like altitude and acceleration, and then send it to his cell phone. The eZ8F642-based system includes a Trimble GPS module, a long-range RF module, and a controller for a wireless video camera.



Tom Napier

Real-Time Pulse Generator

Access to faster PIC processors inspired Tom to revisit an old pulse generator design. The result is both a practical construction project and an exercise in real-time programming.



Amir Darvishi
Wael Badawy

Build a Hardware Accelerator

With a little direction from Amir and Wael, you can implement a hardware accelerator within a soft-core RISC processor in a System-on-a-Chip embedded platform. The accelerator is perfect for a vision system application for a mobile robot.



Romeo Costanzo

Strong-Encryption for PICs

Part 1: Triple-DES Algorithm

Triple-DES is a widely used encryption algorithm. In this series of articles, Romeo shows you how to use it with PIC MCUs. He also describes how he implemented Triple-DES to create a one-time password generator for an electric lock.



Michael Griebling

Hardware Synthesis Using VHDL

Part 1: VHDL Implementation

Michael presents an XC3S200-based timing system that includes a date/time function, an alarm, and a stopwatch. He used VHDL to get the job done.


From the Bench


Jeff Bachiochi

Simulate First

Simulation Techniques for Testing New MCUs

Simulators are designed to help you debug your code. But as Jeff will show you, you can also use a simulator to get a feel for a new microcontroller and its peripherals. The idea is to play around with an MCU before spending money on it.



Brian Millier

PSoC Pulse Generator

Brian built a digital pulse generator for his home several years ago. However, when the HP pulse generator he uses at work died, he hit the bench and designed a replacement for it, using a Cypress PSoC-based version of his original design.


Applied PCs


Fred Eady

Reach for Interface Control

Add a GUI to a ZF8042A-Based Design

Fred needed to add a GUI to a ZF8042A-based application, so he turned to Reach Technology's SLCD controller. The controller offloads GUI support tasks and communicates with the ZF8042A by way of a high-speed serial connection.


Above the Ground Plane


Ed Nisley

Analog Tips and Tricks

Are you looking for ways to improve your analog and RF circuitry? Take a few tips from Ed to get started. In this column he shows you how easy it is to take your PCB wiring skills to the next level. Who knows, your digital projects just may improve too.


Silicon Update


Tom Cantrell

I Left My Chip in San Francisco

The chips and accessories featured at the March 2005 Embedded Systems Conference will be the technologies driving the automotive, industrial, and real-time applications of tomorrow. Read on for a look at what the industry leaders, from Atmel to ZMD, have in store for you.


David Tweed

HTML Test Your EQ


Advertiser's Index / September Preview


Steve Ciarcia

HTML Priority Interrupt

Risk and Opportunity

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