58 THE SERIAL PORT IS DEAD!
LONG LIVE THE SERIAL PORT!
Taming The Universal Serial Bus.
Sure, USB sounds like a great idea if you're
a PC motherboard designer or a nuclear
brain surgeon. But the rest of us just miss
the simplicity of serial over a DB- 25. Regain
your mastery of serial comms with this cool
■ By Joe Pardue
67 OVENFLOW 1.0
Discover a program to control SMD
(surface-mount device) soldering using
a toaster oven.
■ By Kit Ryan
74 PCB BASICS: FROM YOUR BRAIN
TO A FINISHED BOARD
Learn how easy the process really
is to turn your schematic into a
finished printed circuit board.
■ By Fred Eady
12 TECHKNOWLEDGEY 2008 26
Events, Advances, and News
Topics covered include robotic
bat planes, the ultimate
keyboard, a lower-priced nav
system, just to name a few. 82
16 THE DESIGN CYCLE
Advanced Techniques for Design Engineers
Firmware you can touch.
Reader Questions Answered Here
Sump pump circuit, regenerative
radio, DC to DC regulator, more.
The Latest in Networking and Wireless
The 700 MHz spectrum.
Sharpening Your Tools of Creativity
Good intentions and “faux”
92 PERSONAL ROBOTICS
Understanding, Designing & Constructing
Habitat for Hobbies — Part 1.
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