March 2006 Meeting Notes

Compiled by Dave Jaffe

Contributions from: Kevin Appert

Henry Vinerts' March 2006 Meeting Notes
Reports Across the Big Pond
for Vierte Dimensions
German Forth Dimensions


Starbucks Coffee, Tea, Bagels, and Pastries


Application Development on the FORTHstamp - CH Ting
"I will talk about application development on the FORTHstamp, which I consider to be the best platform for firmware engineering. I will show several examples and do some demonstrations."

  • FORTHstamp uses Analog Devices ADuC 7020 microconverter.

  • Ting has also made a smaller PC board with only 1 A/D pin brought out. There is a problem with the PC board traces shorting out with the metal backing of chip.

  • One can write application programs that can be meta-compiled for running from ROM at startup.


Lunch - go to TOGO's or bring your own meal and stay at Cogswell


Forth FPGAs and Robotics - Dave Wyland
Dave Wyland is a long-time Forth advocate who now spends time with the Homebrew Robotics Club. He will speak to us about experiences and opportunities for Forth in FPGAs for robotics applications.


Interesting Items, Volume 4 - 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.

Presentation in PDF - 1.11 Mb

Items discussed:

Ubuntu - Linux for Human Beings


Maker Faire
April 22 -23, 2006
San Mateo Fairgrounds

Evolutionary Robotics

Wi-Spy - RF Spectrum Analyzer - $99

Homebrew Robotics Club

From Kevin: - Electronic Design - 03/16/2006

Preview of the upcoming Embedded System Conference

Latest Amateur Radio Satellite Is No Empty Suit

Bob's Mailbox this month in Pease Porridge

Antique Collection - HP Oscillators

Bob Pease and Dr. Howard Johnson "Get Real about High Speed Data Transfer"

National Semiconductor/Electronic Design video pop quiz

Interesting Advertisements:

Fanless, rugged off-the-shelf embedded PC - 6" cube

Magnetoresistive field and/or position sensors

TI Evaluation Board for their eZ430 MCU which comes with it's own USB Development Tool. The whole thing is about the size of a Thumb Drive and sells for $20.

Meeting Announcement

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