Next Meeting -
Saturday, April 26th

Cogswell College
1175 Bordeaux Dr.
Rooms 197A and 197B
Sunnyvale, CA  94089

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

Security Notice

When attending SVFIG meetings, please be aware that Cogswell College now locks its doors on weekends. To facilitate your entry to the building, there will be an SVFIG member stationed at the door from 9:45am to 10:15am to admit recognized SVFIG meeting attendees. If you are attending an SVFIG meeting for the first time, please bring a printout of this agenda to identify your interest in Forth and thereby gain admission. If you arrive after 10:15am, there will be a telephone number posted for you to call to alert someone of your presence at the door. The front door will also be checked at 20 to 30 minute intervals to accommodate individuals without cellphones.

Do not, under any circumstances, allow strangers to enter Cogswell. Those who are authorized admittance have key-cards.

April Meeting Agenda

09:45 --- Coffee and a Chat

10:10 --- Forth Day 2008
Suggest a speaker or volunteer to speak!

10:15 --- eForth on Olimex SAM7-EX256 ARM board - CH Ting
"I just got eForth running on an Olimex board with an AT91SAM7X256 ARM7 microcontroller. This chip is interesting because it has 64 Kbytes of RAM, 256 Kbytes of flash, and an 8 MHz ADC. The Olimex development board includes a small color LCD display. It should be a good host for my digital storage oscilloscope project. I will talk about my efforts and demonstrate the software."

Noon --- Lunch
Some folks bring their lunch, some folks go to Togos.

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

13:30 --- Cool Stuff at the Embedded Systems Conference - Dave Jaffe
Dave will describe, through photos, some of the cool products that impressed him at this month's Embedded Systems Conference.

14:00 --- Random Access - All in attendance
We always find something to talk about.

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 in the May:

  • FPGA-based SP2 processor - John Rible
    "I'd like to update you all about my FPGA-based SP2 processor. It's running nicely for Rick Van Norman and is getting a SwiftX port. I should be able to show it on Actel's low-power Igloo $350 demo board. Combined hardware / software demos are possible."

Coming to SVFIG in the future (hopefully):

  • 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.

  • Tentative - June Meeting in San Mateo at the home of CH Ting

Please register your interest for these topics:

  • Viewing of Analog by Design shows hosted by Bob Pease - list of shows
  • 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 on news:comp.lang.forth
  • Review and discussion of interesting Forth projects and many files at the Yahoo Win32Forth Group

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 Propeller 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 classes.

If you have anything you'd like to talk about in April,
please contact Kevin Appert.

Meeting Notes