Electronics & Beyond (June 2001)

Written by: Pete Luckhurst



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The June 2001 issue of Electronics & Beyond celebrates the centennial of Meccano, delves into the world of configurable robots, and explores the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) with a special focus on wind power. It addresses the critical issue of the ozone layer's depletion, presents modern circuit ideas including a simple one-chip capacitance meter, and revisits a historical project on loop alarms.

The magazine also continues its series on operational amplifiers, discusses the significance of international standards, delves into the importance of CE marking for product standards, and takes an intriguing excursion into Excel featuring the Mandelbrot Set. In the realm of microelectronics, it covers basic concepts of AVRs, the essentials of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA), and introduces Advanced RISC Machines (ARM). Additionally, it offers a sci-fi adventure, regular updates on electronics news, viewer opinions, upcoming events, book recommendations, a photo gallery, web electronics insights, product reviews, classifieds, and the latest in technology watch.

Table of Contents

Alternative Technology & Electronic Themes

  • Meccano's 100th Anniversary: Celebrating a century of creativity and innovation with Meccano.
  • Configurable Robots: An in-depth look at CONRO robots and their capabilities by Reg Miles.
  • Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT): Exploring CAT's focus on sustainable solutions and wind energy.
  • Ozone Layer Depletion: Examining the current state of the ozone layer and its implications by Douglas Clarkson.
  • Modern Circuit Ideas: Introducing a simple one-chip capacitance meter by John Edwards.

Projects & Reports

  • Historical Project: Revisiting the On Guard Loop Alarm from Vol 16 Issue 109.
  • Modern Project: Continuing the exploration of operational amplifiers in Part 4 of the Op Amp Cookbook by Ray Marston.
  • International Standards Importance: A report from the International Standards Organisation on the critical role of standards.
  • CE Marking: Gareth Bradley's insights into achieving CE mark standards for products.
  • Excel Excursions: Part 8 of Mike Bedford's series, featuring the Mandelbrot Set.

Microelectronics & Beyond

  • AVRs Basics: Understanding numbering systems and microelectronics building blocks by Adrian Wallis.
  • Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA): Demystifying FPGAs with Peter Mason.
  • Soft UART for DSP21xx Family: Technical exploration by Dhananjay VGadre.
  • Introduction to Advanced RISC Machines (ARM): A primer on ARM technology.

Storytime & Regular Features

  • Sci-fi Adventure: A captivating story by Jonathan Aldred.
  • Regular Sections: Including EAB News, Air Your Views, What's On, Bookshop, Photo Gallery, Web Electronics, Product Review, Classifieds, and Technology Watch​

About the author

Pete Luckhurst is a Website Manager at Maplin.

After getting an early start in the world of computing with C64 & Amiga computers, Pete now spends much of his spare time in PC VR and dabbling in game development. He also has a strong interest in film, photography and music.

Among other endeavours, he previously worked in a Maplin store, so it was a no-brainer when the opportunity arose to work on the modern incarnation of Maplin online. Besides writing for the blog, Pete works alongside the Maplin team to help keep the online store running smoothly.