A Timely Look at RFID Technology

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Most of us have had that annoying experience of setting off an alarm as we leave a store because one item in our bags has a still-active radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag. So it’s back to the cashier for some deactivation … Continue reading

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Embedded Programming: Rummage Around In This Toolbox

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Circuit Cellar’s April issue is nothing less than an embedded programming toolbox. Inside you’ll find tips, tools, and online resources to help you do everything from building a simple tracing system that can debug a small embedded system to designing … Continue reading

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Doing the Robot, 21st-Century Style

Honda's ASIMO humanoid robot

Growing up in the 1970s, the first robot I remember was Rosie from The Jetsons. In the 1980s, I discovered Transformers, which were touted as “robots in disguise,” I imitated Michael Jackson’s version of “the robot,” and (unbeknownst to me) … Continue reading

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MCU-Based Projects and Practical Tasks

The PP4 hand-held PIC-to-PIC programmer

Circuit Cellar’s January issue presents several microprocessor-based projects that provide useful tools and, in some cases, entertainment for their designers. Our contributors’ articles in the Embedded Applications issue cover a hand-held PIC IDE, a real-time trailer-monitoring system, and a prize-winning … Continue reading

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CC281: Overcome Fear of Ethernet on an FPGA

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As its name suggests, the appeal of an FPGA is that it is fully programmable. Instead of writing software, you design hardware blocks to quickly do what’s required of a digital design. This also enables you to reprogram an FPGA … Continue reading

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CC280: Analog Communications and Calibration

The base unit including the 5-to-15-V power supply is simple for its functionality. The two eight-pin DIP ICs are a voltage comparator and the switching regulator.

Are you an analog aficionado? You’re in luck. Two articles, in particular, focus on the November issue’s analog techniques theme. (Look for the issue shortly after mid-October, when it will be available on our website.) Dick Cappels, a consultant who … Continue reading

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CC279: Working with RobotBasic

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In Circuit Cellar’s October issue, columnist Jeff Bachiochi introduces readers to RobotBasic, a free robot control programming language that you can use to control real or simulated robots, and provides a detailed explanation on how to use it. “About five … Continue reading

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CC279: A Fresh Focus on Programmable Logic

We’re not finished adding new features to our magazine. Last month, we rolled out our redesign and told you a bit about Ayse K. Coskun, who is writing a new bimonthly Green Computing column. This month, we introduce you to … Continue reading

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CC278: New Issue, New Look, New Media

Brian Millier's September article

Over the years, Circuit Cellar editors have learned you simply can’t stand still when your magazine focuses on ever-evolving embedded electronics. So with the September issue, we introduce a dramatic redesign to make the magazine’s look more contemporary and its … Continue reading

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CC277: (Re)Discovering Embedded

Closeup of the Raspberry Pi

Authors in this issue range from a columnist who reintroduces us to the advantages of switched-capacitor filters to a frequent contributor who discusses his first encounter—and project—with the credit card-sized Raspberry Pi computer. Columnist Robert Lacoste recently rediscovered one of … Continue reading

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CC 277: (Re)Discovering Embedded

Closeup of the Raspberry Pi

Authors in this issue range from a columnist who reintroduces us to the advantages of switched-capacitor filters to a frequent contributor who discusses his first encounter—and project—with the credit card-sized Raspberry Pi computer. Columnist Robert Lacoste recently rediscovered one of … Continue reading

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CC276: Not a Hockey Fan?

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Hockey can be fun, unless you’re building a surface-mount device (SMD) prototype and the “puck” is one of the tiny components getting away from your soldering iron. In an article appearing last month in Circuit Cellar, “DIY?Surface-Mount Circuit Boards: Tips … Continue reading

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CC275: Shape The Future

Tech the Future essayist Fergus Dixon designed this DNA sequencer, the subject of an article in the May 2013 issue of Circuit Cellar.

In January, Circuit Cellar introduced a new section, Tech the Future, which dedicates page 80 of our magazine to the insights of innovators in groundbreaking technologies. We’ve reached out to a number of graduate students, professors, researchers, engineers, designers, and … Continue reading

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CC274: A Sensory Experience

An Atmel ATmega88 microcontroller is at the heart of the CNC router controller.

The May issue of Circuit Cellar provides a number of articles focusing on how to utilize measurements and sensors in your designs. Knowing how to generate a magnetic field to calibrate a sensor can help with a number of DIY … Continue reading

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CC273: Necessity and Invention

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Tom Cantrell wanted to stop fiddling with his sprinklers as he tried to balance conserving water in California and keeping his lawn green. So he asked himself if he could craft a weather-savvy sprinkler controller. In the April issue of … Continue reading

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