Circuit Cellar Ink 241
August 2010

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CJ Abate

HTML Task Manager

Proactive Engineering

Questions & Answers


CJ Abate

Custom Instrumentation Engineering

An Interview with Brian Millier

Brian Millier is an instrumentation engineer in the Department of Chemistry at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. He also runs Computer Interface Consultants. Circuit Cellar published 39 of Brian's articles between 1994 and March 2010. In June 2010, I interviewed him about topics ranging from his first experience with an MCU to his most current project.


John Gorsky

HTML New Product News


David Tweed

HTML Test Your EQ - Answers for Issue 240

The Consummate Engineer


George Novacek

Embedded Safety

Components fail. It's your duty as a competent engineer to ensure the effects of failure are predictable and benign. Here you'll learn to develop and implement basic failure mode analysis.


Colin O'Flynn

Advanced USB Design Debugging

As USB becomes more and more ubiquitous, you must have a solid understanding of how the technology works and how you can use it in your designs. Start by studying the advanced features of USB and then move on to working with a USB MCU.


Aubrey Kagan

The 4-to-20-mA Current Loop

The 4-to-20-mA current loop has been around for a long time, and it isn't going anywhere despite a wide range of fieldbus options. If you design applications for industrial electronics, you're destined to use a 4-to-20-mA interface (if you haven't already).



Devlin Gualtieri

Build an X10 Controller

Part 2: The Controller Program and Utility

You have a circuit design for your X10 controller. Now it's time to address the firmware. This is a review of a controller program and a utility to convert a human-readable event file into serial data the X10 controller understands.


Above the Ground Plane


Ed Nisley

Crystal Properties

Circuit Models, Measurement, and Conversion

Understanding a crystal's properties is key to getting oscillators working. Here you learn about a crystal's circuit model, how to measure a crystal's properties, and how to convert the values into parameters for the model.


The Darker Side


Robert Lacoste

A Tour of the Lab

Part 1: Time Domain Measurement Equipment

Building a design lab is an exhilarating experience. It's exciting to shop for parts, set up new equipment, and begin planning new projects. But it also can be a stressful endeavor, especially when you're working on a tight budget. Here are some tips for choosing the right test equipment given your design needs and resources.

From the Bench


Jeff Bachiochi

Application Communication with USB

Part 3: Assembly Code Finale

Ready for the last installment in this articles series about USB communication? You understand the enumeration process and you're familiar with the standard device descriptor. Here you learn about the two interactions that take place through the configured device's established endpoints (EP1 and EP2).


Silicon Update


Tom Cantrell

MIPS and More

When it comes to 32-bit MCUs, no doubt ARM-based parts are on a roll. So, is the story over? Not so fast, say major players. Microchip Technology, for one, is going all-in with chips based on the MIPS architecture. Their latest parts are a reminder there's more to a successful embedded design than an instruction set.


Crossword Puzzle


Crossword Puzzle - Answers for Issue 240


Advertiser's Index / September Preview


Steve Ciarcia

HTML Priority Interrupt

Is the Internet Making Us Smarter or Dumber?

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