0.13-micron process technology, the
processor utilizes 478-pin packaging
and features a 400 MHz system bus.
In 1,000-unit quantities, the Intel
Celeron processor at 2.80 GHz is
priced at $117.00. PCs based on the
new chip should be available by the
time you read this.
Circuits and Devices
Circuit Building Blocks for
Engineers, Students, and
Anew product for developing electronic circuits — called
Schmartboard — was introduced late
in 2003. Available at electronic retailers such as R and D Electronics
and on Schmartboard's website, the
product is aimed at electronic engineers, engineering students, and electronic hobbyists.
Traditionally, an engineer might
spend weeks designing a new layout,
wait another week or two for production of a PCB, and spend a substantial
sum on the prototype only to find out
that revision is needed, after which
the process begins again. Students
and hobbyists might spend weeks
working with wire-wrap boards. The
Schmartboard, on the other hand, is
designed to allow both professional
and amateur designers to assemble a
board in a matter of hours and make
modifications to it as needed, eliminating the need to order a custom
PCB or deal with wire-wrap boards.
Basically, the product consists of
a variety of pretraced printed circuit
boards that can be connected like
building blocks, referred to as "elec-tronic circuit building blocks." They
allow the user to build electronic circuits on a SchmartBoard block by
block, and then connect the blocks
together to form a functional board.
Because the boards are pretraced,
the need for wire jumpers is minimized, in contrast to breadboards or
wire-wrap boards. You can buy individual through-hole or surface-mount
circuits, but Schmartboard also offers
a 26-part combination pack for
$49.95. Available accessories include
mechanical bridges, headers, and
jumpers. For details, visit www.
Industry and the
Wind Energy Center Opens
New Mexico's most ambitious
wind farm — called the New
Mexico Wind Energy Center — recently started producing electricity for the
Public Service Company of New
Mexico (PNM, www.pnm.com), the
state's largest electric and gas utility.
The center — the world's third-largest
wind generation project — was officially dedicated in October.
Affordable Motion Control Products
Circle #113 on the Reader Service Card.