Next Meeting -
Saturday, July 26th
at the home of
400 Arlington Way
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Agenda to: George
Final Meeting Agenda for
Due to the closure of
Cogswell College this summer, SVFIG will not be able to enjoy our normal
July's SVFIG meeting will be held in the home of CH Ting at 400
Arlington Way in Menlo Park.
Directions: Ting's home is
between 101 and Middlefield Road, between Willow and Marsh Roads. Get off HWY
101 at Willow Road to the west. At the third traffic light, turn right onto
Coleman. At the second street circle, turn left. That's Arlington Way. See
Maps for the exact location.
Broadband Internet access will not be
10:00 --- Coffee and a Chat
10:15 --- Forth Day 2008
speaker or volunteer to speak!
10:30 --- Menu System for Digital Storage
Oscilloscope - CH Ting
"I will present a new menu control system
for the digital storage oscilloscope. I hope that I will get the ADC to work by
the July meeting so that I will be able to demonstrate it. However, I may not
be able to get that far. But, I will definitely get the menu control system
done, and show it on the Olimex SAM7256 board."
Noon --- Lunch
A BBQ lunch will be
provided by our host in his yard.
13:00 --- Introductions, announcements,
rumors, and random access
13:10 --- Iron Man Museum Tour
A headcount will be taken of those interested in going to the
Hendy Iron Works Museum in
Sunnyvale. It is open to the public by appointment only. A tentative date for
the tour is Monday, August 11th around lunchtime.
13:15 --- Interesting Items - Volume
11 - Dave Jaffe
Dave will continue his survey of interesting
newly-introduced microcontrollers, I/O peripherals, sensors, products, and
gadgets that can provide useful and unique capabilities to Forth embedded
systems. If anyone has come across anything that fits this category, pass them
along to him for inclusion in his presentation.
14:00 --- Audible Computing, Part 4:
Searching for the Perfect Platform - Masa Kasahara
In Part 4,
Masa will talk about his quest for the perfect machine to implement his ideas.
It should be small enough to be portable and not too expensive, either. What do
you think he came up with?
14:30 --- Dynamic Memory Reconfiguration
for eP32 - CH Ting
"An embedded system must boot from ROM, but
for speed and ease of programming, it is better to run it in RAM. I tried to
emulate the ROM-RAM reconfiguration used in some of the ARM7 chips where
physical ROM memory is in block 1, physical RAM memory is in block 2, and block
0 is virtual memory which can be dynamically mapped to either block 1 or block
2. This scheme was tested on the Altera NIOS II Board and is the ideal
architecture for embedded Forth systems."
How you can help SVFIG:
- Bring your speaker and topic suggestions
to every meeting!
- Your input for and participation in next
year's Forth Day is always welcomed.
Coming to SVFIG on
- IRC using wget in GForth -
Coming to SVFIG in the future
WAV File and Soundcard I/O Software
Using Win32Forth - Andy Korsak
This software was written for
amateur radio applications. Andy has suggested that it might be useful to look
at his code in advance of his talk. Contributions to this work-in-progress
would be welcomed. You can download and view his sound card software on the
group (membership required), or here.
Please register your interest for these
- Viewing of Analog by Design shows
hosted by Bob Pease - list of
- The world's second Babbage Engine is
coming to town. Maybe we can have a meeting at the Computer History Museum to
take a look.
- Review and discussion of recent postings
- Review and discussion of interesting Forth
projects and many files at the
Off the table:
- There has been a lack of interest for a
presentation by a representative from Gumstix.
- There has been no success in contacting
the author of
Forth - written locally by Cliff L. Biffle
- A tour of
TechShop in Menlo Park is not
planned at this time. If you would like to visit the facility, please make your
own arrangements. Check out their talks, events, and instructional
If you have anything you'd
like to talk about in July,
please contact Kevin