Electronics & Beyond (November 2000)

Written by: Pete Luckhurst



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The November 2000 issue of "Electronics and Beyond" contains articles on topics like alternative memory storage devices, microcontroller applications for model motor control, smart textiles in wearable electronics, remote printer control, and the potential of automated environments in homes. Additional features include explorations into Excel for engineers, developments in artificial life, optical circuits, and new digital video equipment.

Table of Contents

  1. Beyond Silicon Disks (Page 8): Mike Bedford explores alternative memory storage devices, ranging from fluorescent disks to protein memory.

  2. Model Motor Control (Page 16): A guide to creating a Pulse Width Modulated 12-volt controller for models using an ST7 microcontroller from ST Microelectronics.

  3. Research News (Page 20): Chris Lavers delves into wearable electronics, covering smart textiles from Philips research, DIY Rocketry, and the latest developments from NASA.

  4. Remote Printer Controller (Page 24): An innovative transmission line idea for controlling printers in remote locations, highlighting the utility of microcontrollers.

  5. Reader Survey (Page 35): A survey seeking reader input on future article topics for the magazine, with an incentive of a chance to win a Xicor Development kit worth £120.

  6. Automated Environments (Page 43): Reg Miles investigates the future of embedded microelectronics in home environments.

  7. Excursions into Excel (Page 48): Mike Bedford starts a new series on how Microsoft Excel can assist engineers in various tasks.

  8. Artificial Life (Page 49): David Clark explores the potential and science fiction-like scenarios that could arise from artificial life.

  9. Magnetic RAM from Motorola: Reg Miles reports on a new development in magnetic RAM by Motorola that might replace current semiconductor memories.

  10. Triac Principles and Circuits - Part I: Ray Marston examines basic Triac operations and presents a variety of circuits to experiment with.

  11. Optical Circuits - The Way Forward (Page 66): Stephen Waddington provides insights into the latest advancements in optical technology.

  12. New Digital Video Equipment from Sony (Page 70): Reg Miles discusses Sony's latest digital video equipment and its impact on achieving a 'film look'.

  13. Self-assembling Magnetic Particles (Page 71): An article on how self-assembling magnetic particles at the nanometer level could advantage IBM in magnetic storage.

Additionally, the magazine includes sections on:

  • News Report
  • What's On & Diary Dates
  • Technology Watch
  • Internet Comment
  • Excursions into Excel
  • In The Pipeline

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.