Saturday, February 28th

Stanford University
Terman Engineering Center
Room 556

Terman Engineering Center can be found on these maps - just search for Terman: Google map or Searchable Stanford Campus Map

There is open parking on weekends. Park in any A or C or metered space.

Take the elevator to the 5th floor. Walk across the foyer and up the ramp just to the left of the glassed-in office. Room 556 is at the top of the ramp - entrance on the left.

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Wireless Internet access is anticipated (though not guaranteed) at Stanford, so bring your wi-fi enabled laptop.

Meeting Agenda for February 2009

10:00 --- Coffee and a Chat

10:15 --- eForth in C - CH Ting
"I decided to bite the bullet and learn C to rewrite eForth. I bought the book, C Programming for the Absolute Beginner by Michael Vine, and started from Chapter 1. I got gcc, M4, and MAKE with cygwin on my PC. I think it is probably easier to work with cygwin than MicroVision from Keil."

11:40 --- Lunch
Lunch on-campus. To avoid the "noon lemming effect", we'll leave a little early.

13:00 --- Introductions, Announcements, Rumors, and Random Access

13:22 --- Developing Working, Hard Real-Time, Deep-Embedded Software for the Intellasys Platform - Samuel A. Falvo II
Interactive testing requires intrusive artifacts on the Intellasys platform, which may interfere with cores important to the functioning of the rest of the chip. Using light-weight formal methods within an iterative development process helps guarantee successful software with minimal debugging infrastructure and effort.

14:27 --- Engineering TV
Fifty engineering topic channels. Four new episodes per week. It worked last time, and some of the stuff is pretty cool!

14:46 --- Break

15:00 --- Interesting Items - Volume 13 - 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.

15:30 --- Adjourn

15:31 --- Indoctrinate U - Extra Bonus Footage
There are a couple of clips on the DVD which weren't shown last month. It's a little off-topic but important! Note that this version of Indoctrinate U contans explicit language. There will be no Forth discussed afterwards, so if you're not interested, you're free to leave.

"Speech codes. Censorship. Enforced political conformity. Hostility to diversity of opinion. Sensitivity training. We usually associate such things totalitarian regimes, not with the American universities that nurtured the free speech movement."

16:00 --- Adjourn

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:

Update on IntellaSys Chips - John Rible
The chips John Rible will be selling to SVFIG are in test now and perhaps he'll be at the meeting to give us an update.

Prototyping with QFP Parts - Kevin Appert
This presentation will be based on an article in the September 2008 issue of Circuit Cellar entitled "Prototyping with QFP Parts".

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 Win32Forth group (membership required), or here.

Please register your interest for these topics:

If you have anything you'd like to talk about for the February meeting,
please contact Kevin Appert.

Meeting Notes