Circuit Cellar Ink 204
July 2007

Table of Contents


CJ Abate

HTML Task Manager

A Look Back and Forward in Tech Time


John Gorsky

New Product News

  • WIZ100SR and WIZ110SR serial-to-Ethernet modules from WIZnet, Inc.
  • SeaI/O-270U seven-port optically isolated USB 1.1/2.0-compatible hub from Sealevel Systems, Inc.
  • DS26519 16-port T1/E1/J1 long- and short-haul transceiver from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
  • LS41 and LS42 series of varistors from EPCOS, Inc.
  • Arria GX transceiver-based FPGAs from Altera Corp.
  • 5000 Series oscilloscopes from Agilent Technologies, Inc.
  • MicroSpeed mezzanine connectors from ERNI Electronics
  • FIN212AC uSerDes for image sensors from Fairchild Semiconductor Corp.
  • DSA01 combination tilt/sensor switch from NKK Switches
  • Minisens miniature AC and DC isolated current sensor from LEM


Alexander Mann


A Compact MCU-Based Mail Client

Alexander's mail client system uses an Atmel ATmega32 microcontroller and a Microchip Technology ENC28J60 Ethernet controller to continually check for e-mail. When mail arrives, you can immediately read it on the system's LCD and respond with a standard keyboard.



Carlos Cossio

Internet Password Manager

With this ATmega168-based password managing system, you can enter, display, and securely store all of your passwords and usernames. The handy device connects to your PC via a software-controlled USB interface.



Albert Tran
Andrew Kwan
Kevin Brown
Jason Vangilst

Motion Tracking and Analysis System

This group of designers combined their passion for billiards and embedded systems to design a pool tutorial system. The system tracks the motion of the balls on a pool table and provides visual shot suggestions and predictions.



Eric Kesselring

Multipurpose Automotive Gauge

When Eric could not find the right gauges to update the instrumentation in a 1965 Mustang, he built his own multipurpose gauge. Now he can monitor everything from engine air flow to oil temperature.



CJ Abate

HTML Design Stellaris 2006 Winners Announcement

The DesignStellaris2006 Contest challenged engineers to implement Luminary Micro's Stellaris family of ARM Cortex M3 controllers and Keil's RealView Microcontroller Development Kit in innovative new designs.


John Hyde

Flash Drive Connection

Add a Flash Drive to Your Next Design

Interfacing flash memory drives just got a lot easier with the Vinculum ASIC. The 48-pin LQFP includes a DOS-like command line interpreter that can read and write USB flash memory drives.


Silicon Update


Tom Cantrell

Pyxos Power

If your project is in need of a standard network or has wiring concerns, nodes, or a complex protocol, Echelon's Pyxos FT chip may be the perfect fit. Tom explains how it will give you the reliability, security, and power of wires without the mess.

From the Bench


Jeff Bachiochi

Are You Up for 16 Bits?

A Look at Microchip's Family of 16-Bit Microcontrollers

Microchip Technology and Circuit Cellar have teamed up to bring you the Microchip 16-Bit Embedded Control Design Contest. Jeff introduces Microchip's 16-bit microcontroller and digital signal controller (DSC) families. Are you up for the challenge?

Lessons from the Trenches


George Martin

From "Hello World" to Big Iron

It's time for the "big iron." George shows you how to start writing code and building a project with an NNDK-MOD5234 development kit. He got his project up and running using a serial port interface.



Crossword Puzzle


Advertiser's Index / August Preview


Steve Ciarcia

HTML Priority Interrupt

Keeping the Lights On: Reality Time

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