Circuit Cellar Ink 196
November 2006

Table of Contents


CJ Abate

HTML Task Manager

Making a Contribution


John Gorsky

New Product News

  • Philips LPC210X Starter Kit from Crossware
  • Luminary Micro LM3S102 KickStart kit from IAR Systems, Inc.
  • Vinculum USB host controller ICs from Future Technology Devices International
  • LT3476 2-MHz four-channel constant current LED driver from Linear Technology Corp.


Alexander Enzmann

USB Flash PIC Programmer

Why buy a PIC programmer when you can customize your own? Alexander shows you how. His programmer operates on USB power and doesn't require any device drivers.



Eric Gagnon

Control Panel Design

Implement a Modular Physical User Interface System

Are you tired of designing expensive custom control panels for all of your new embedded systems? Eric's user interface building block modules simplify the process.



Colin O'Flynn

Open-Source AVR Development

Ready to join the open source community? Colin introduces you to the AVR-GCC toolchain for AVR microcontrollers. Now you can contribute to a project from a Windows-based environment.


John Dammeyer

Electronic Gear Control

Add Electronic Gears to a Metal Lathe

John upgraded his metal lathe with a PIC18F2620-based gear control system. In this article, he explains how to design and write code for your own electronic gearbox.



Brian Millier

Low-Cost Gas Leak Detector

A gas leak in the chemistry lab in which Brian works can mean big trouble for the electronic instruments he uses on a daily basis. That's why he built an ATmega88-based gas leak detector. The system enables him to monitor for small leaks around the lab's expensive equipment.



Ilya Mamontov

TV-Based Oscilloscope

Ilya turned an ordinary TV into a digital storage oscilloscope with a sampling rate of 160 ksps. In this article, he explains how to use an LPC2138 microcontroller to build a high-resolution system of your own.



Alain d'Espaignet

Smart Probing

An R5F2113-Based Soil-Monitoring System

Alain's R5F2113-based monitoring system measures soil moisture, temperature, and light levels for potted plants. An audible alarm sounds when any measurement exceeds or falls below the preset limits. The principles he describes can be used in a variety of designs.


Applied PCs


Fred Eady

Stand-Alone Ethernet Control

Ethernet technology is constantly evolving. Fortunately, you have Fred to explain what's new before you leap into your next single-IC Ethernet project.


From the Bench


Jeff Bachiochi

Smart Character Display

MCU-Based Information Messaging Made Simple

Back in 1990, Jeff built a simple microcontroller-based LED moving message display. Today you can build a "smarter" PIC16F737-based system for a lot less money.


Silicon Update


Tom Cantrell

Memory Lane Change

Get ready for a walk down memory lane. Tom describes the major paradigm shifts that have occurred in memory technology over the past three decades and then readies you for what's ahead.


Crossword Puzzle


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Steve Ciarcia

HTML Priority Interrupt

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