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0..9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

(To find chips for distinct functions, see the functional pages.)

C

Cable

local Harddisk cable definitions
www.hardwarebook.info/ The HardWare Book (very good!)
www.zippertubing.com/ Zipper Tubing

Manufacturers:

Where Manufacturer
www.daburn.com/ Daburn Electronic
www.specialtycable.com/ Specialty Cable

Cable modem

A modem* for sending digital information over antenna cable systems.

www.cablelabs.com/ Non-profit research and development consortium of cable television system operators

Some of the major players in the multimedia/modem* chipset world include:

See also 'ADSL'.

Cache

www.howstuffworks.com/cache.htm - How it works

CAD/CAM software for PCB's

Computer Aided Design / Computer Aided Manufacturing software for making Printed Circuit Board's.

See EDA.

Caller ID

This is the information about the calling party which is send using modem* signals between the first two rings when you're being called. Modern telephone equipment can receive and show this information. It's officially called Calling Number Delivery (CND).

local Definition
www.ee.washington.edu/circuit_archive/text/ Look under 'Caller ID Information'

CAN

local This entry got it's own page.

Capacitor

Where Manufacturer
www.aerovox.com/ Aerovox
www.avx.com/ AVX
www.bourns.com/ Bourns Inc
www.cci-msc.com/ Circuit Components
www.kemet.com/ KEMET
www.koaspeer.com/ KOA-Speer
www.duracap.com/ Mallory-DuraCap International
www.nacc-mallory.com/ Mallory Capacitors
www.novacap.com/ Novacap
www.tusonix.com/ Tusonix
www.vishay.com/company/brands/roederstein/ Roederstein
www.sprague.com/ Sprague
www.vishay.com/ Vishay
www.wima.de/ WIMA

Captive Fastener

Where Manufacturer
www.captive-fastener.com/ Captive Fasteners

Cardbus

See PCMCIA
Cardbus System Architecture
Don Anderson of Mindshare, Inc
Addison-Wesley,
1996
ISBN: 0201409976
About $25

Case

See also Enclosure and Rack

CCITT

Commite' Consultatif Internationaux des Telephone et Telegraph (?)
International institute for telephone and telegraph standards

See also ANSI, CEN, DIN, IEEE, ISO, NEN

CD

Compact Disc.

www.ip.philips.com/ Philips: About the CD, CD-ROM, DVD-video, DVD_ROM, DVD+RW standards etc.
www.ifpi.org/ International Federation of the Phonographic Industry

Cellular phone

Also called a mobile phone.

www.worldofcellularsecrets.com/ (gone?)

CEM

Contract Equipment Manufacturer. They manufacture the products for OEM's like Cisco, Compaq, Dell, HP, IBM etc.

Flextronics
Sanmina
Solectron

See also:

OEM Original equipment manufacturer
local Other CEM's

CEN

Comite' Europe'en de Normalisation
European standards commitee

See also ANSI, CCITT, DIN, IEEE, ISO, NEN

Chemical

Where Manufacturer
alpha.cooksonelectronics.com/main.asp Alpha Metals
www.chembuyersguide.com/ ChemBuyersGuide.com
www.millipore.com/ Links to chemicals and electronics stuff

Chess computer

www.howstuffworks.com/chess.htm - How a chess computer works

Chiplist

CPU's in PC's by Aad Offerman
www.chiplist.com/ new site
www.faqs.org/faqs/pc-hardware-faq/chiplist/ as a text file in 5 parts (1998 version)

Chip making

Can you make your own chips?

local MISC mailing list
local Companies helping with making chips
www-mtl.mit.edu/semisubway/semisubway.html Semiconductor Subway: Semiconductor Research

Chipset

A chipset is a set of chips working together and which are sold as a set. Usually people mean a set of chips to populate a PC mainboard.
These sets contain all the usual chips that used to be on the original AT motherboard like the two 8259's the 8255, 8253, 8244, the TTL glue, the memory refresh and parity. More modern stuff to set the refresh rates, cycle times etc. Lately also the IDE, floppy controller, printer port and serial ports have been integrated. I'm not sure if the RTC can also be integrated (except for the battery of course) but I guess so. The integration will never stop of course...
There were also chipsets for VGA cards and modems etc. though. They were usually sold together with a software packet so a manufacturer/seller only needed to assemble the stuff and sell it...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chipset Wikipedia description
www.intel.com/products/chipsets/ Chipsets from Intel
www.intel.com/design/motherbd/atx.htm The form factor for the current ATX standard motherboards
www.tomshardware.com/us/ Tom's Hardware Guide
www.matrix-bios.nl/ Alle Metzlar's BIOS site
www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/191 At Hardware Secrets
www.via.com.tw/en/products/chipsets/ At VIA

See also under BIOS.

Choke

Where Manufacturer
www.coilcraft.com/ Coilcraft
www.delevan.com/ Delevan


Circuit Schematic

Schematic drawing for making a PCB.

local About PCB making
www.doknet.nl/ Order schematics for repairing consumer electronics
www.muzique.com/ Analog Music Zone
www.ee.washington.edu/circuit_archive/ Circuits Archive
www.radiolocman.com/shem/search.html Get power out of RS-232 port
www.epanorama.net/circuits/ Circuits
vancouver-webpages.com/pub/peter/nmea_interface.txt NMEA interface schematic
www.ee.ualberta.ca/html/cookbook.html Electronic Cookbook Archive
www.fortunecity.com/tinpan/humperdinck/223/effect.htm Humperdinck House (Guitar effects)
www.cir.com/parts/data/cybercir.htm Program with over 1100 electronic circuits etc. (Costs $39)
www.capilano.com/schematic/free_schematics.html At Capilano using their format
www.firebottle.com/ampage/schems/ Musical instruments with tubes
solorb.com/elect/ FC's Electronic Circuits
www.muzique.com/ AMZ musical schematics (slow on 20010513)
www.mitedu.freeserve.co.uk/ Circuit Exchange International
web-ee.com/ Electrical Engineering Homepage

Books:

title order at Amazon USA price indication
Encyclopedia of Electronic Circuits, Volume 7 ISBN: 0070151164 $32
3,000 Solved Problems in Electrical Circuits (Schaum's Solved Problems Series) ISBN: 0070459363 $20
The Forrest Mims Engineer's Notebook ISBN: 1878707035 $16 A have the old Radio Shack version!

John wrote in 'news:sci.electronics.repair':

Does anyone know a good site to find circuit diagrams for televisions? I need a circuit diagram for a 'Toshiba colour TV' model no. 145E7B.

Usual answer for people in the UK: Go to your local public libaray. There is an annually published book of schematics (and other service info) titled "Television Servicing". Normally in the reference dept.

I copied one for a Toshiba 175T9B just this Saturday...

There are also series for VCRs, and for Satellite receivers.

Regards, Mike.


COMSOL has the largest range of embedded development tools in Europe.

C Programming Language

c-faq.com/ Steve Summit's FAQ in HTML
local Using C versus Assembler
www.howstuffworks.com/c.htm How they work
www.esacademy.com/myacademy/classdescription.php?classid=15 Online Training: Embedded C Programming (part 1)
www.esacademy.com/myacademy/classdescription.php?classid=16 Online Training: Embedded C Programming (part 2)
www.esacademy.com/faq/docs/cpointers/ Article: Using C pointers, structures and unions

CND

Calling Number Delivery.

See Caller ID.

COFF

Common Object File Format
The book:
Understanding and Using COFF
By Gintaras R. Gircys
ISBN: 0937175315
from:
O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
632 Petaluma Avenue
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(O'Reilly is also quite active on the Internet.)
  • It's out of print
  • O'Reilly has no stock on hand
  • They have specifically said it will never be reprinted
  • They would be willing to put the info on the web but they have no idea how to do that, so it won't happen any time soon.
Ken Greenberg <ken@calast.com>
Description of the format from SUN.
Emails about COFF.

Coil

Where Manufacturer
www.coilcraft.com/ Coilcraft
www.delevan.com/ Delevan

Commodore 64/128

Famous computers made by CBM.

Chips that it contained:

6581 C64's sound chip (SID). It has 3 AM* synthsizer channels and one 4-bit sample channel...
6510 CBM Basically a 6502 with 2 8bit I/O ports added to it (Used for memory paging and tape I/O) (Or just one 6-bit I/O port?)
6526 CIA (Complex Interface Adapter). A super I/O chip with 2 8bit I/O channels, a serial port, real-time clock, 2 programmable timer/counters.
906114-01 2Kx4 SRAM*
6569R3 C64's video chip

More about the special chips that they contained

See also:

Communication Program

A communication program is needed to talk from your software development computer with your embedded controller project.

It's use is mainly:

Platform suggested programs to use where to find?
UNIX CU standard
UNIX Kermit GNU?
DEC UNIX Tip standard
Linux Minicom (looks like DOS's Telix/Procom) standard, freshmeat.net/
Windows3.1 'Terminal' standard
Windows3.1 Procomm for DOS Simtel, www.qdeck.com/
Windows3.1 Telix for DOS Simtel
Windows3.1 Telix for Windows Simtel
Windows95 ?
Windows98 ?

CompactPCI

Passive backplane specification for (industrial) PCI

CompactPCI
www.gndusa.com/ was Gespac
www.gdca.com/prolog/ Bought by the Motorola Computer Group
www.ziatech.com/

CompactPCI Systems Magazine

www.compactpci-systems.com/

Compiler

Where What
local 68332 mailing list discussion about which compiler to buy
www.idiom.com/free-compilers/ Free compilers and interpreters
www.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/apps/circuits/pic_cc-0.4.lsm C compiler for PIC with source code
www.ianstedman.co.uk/PIC_Zone/PIC_Compilers/PIC_C/body_pic_c.html C compiler for PIC, withdrawn!
www.compilerconnection.com/ Compiler companies
www.eg3.com/aglimpse.cgi/01?and_query1=compiler&case=on&engine=EG3 Compiler overview
www.idiom.com/free-compilers/ Free (8051?) C compilers and assemblers
www.npsnet.com/danf/cbm/languages.html Languages for the C64 (6502)
www.avocetsystems.com/ Avocet's C compilers

Where Manufacturer
www.borland.com/ Borland

A CD-ROM for compiler developers

There is a CD-ROM from Prime Time Freeware titled Prime Time Freeware for Unix (version 4-2 is the latest) that contains all sorts of public domain goodies including an extensive language section with tools like flex, bison, Cocktail Toolkit, etc. and sources of an enormous number of language compilers/interpreters etc. They pack other topics like docprep, cad, databases etc. onto the CDs (4 ?) that constitute the release which costs $50. You can check out the contents etc. on their home page www.ptf.com/.
Ramesh Narayanaswamy

Computer Architecture

This generally means how the central processor is build (RISC versus CISC* for example).

pages.cs.wisc.edu/~arch/www/ Computer architecture

Connector

home.concepts-ict.nl/~nctnico/docs/simm_pin.txt SIMM pinouts
www.hardwarebook.info/ Connectors in general
www.epanorama.net/ Tomi Engdahl's site for PC stuff
marina.mfarris.com/theref/theref.html TheRef: Mainly floppy and HD* connections

Where Manufacturer
www.3m.com/ 3M
www.advintcorp.com/ Advanced Interconnect
www.tycoelectronics.com/components/ AMP* Inc.
www.amphenol.com/ Amphenol
www.fciconnect.com/ Berg Electronics (now part of FCI Connect)
www.daburn.com/ Daburn Electronic
www.deutsch.com/ Deutsch
www.elco.com/ Elco
www.fciconnect.com/ FCI Connect
www.hollingsworth.com/ Hollingsworth
www.idinet.com/ Interconnect Devices, Inc.
anacapa.kycon.com/ Kycon Cable and Connector
www.methode.com/ Methode
www.mill-max.com/ Mill-Max
www.molex.com/ Molex Inc.
www.panduit.com/ Panduit
www.samtec.com/ Samtec
www.trompeter.com/ Trompeter Electronics
www.tycoelectronics.com/components/ Tyco Electronics

See also PCI.

Convert

For converting units see under Unit.

COP8

MCU from NS

See local

Course

CPLD

Complex Programmable Logic Device

www.xilinx.com/ More info

See also FPAA, FPGA, PLD and VHDL.

CPU

Central Processing Unit. (What's now a single chip main processor in a computer, was originally a complete PCB full with discrete logic. The 2900 range from AMD could be used, but the big companies like IBM all used their own designs. These processors were called bit-slice because the words that were to be handled were sliced into 1 and later 4 bits per chip (registers, ALU's, busses, buffers).
Some hobbyists even built their own CPU's this way but the i4004, i4040, i8008 and i8080 generally put a stop to that for most of them...

CRC

Cyclic Redundancy Check

local CRC
www.ross.net/crc/download/crc_v3.txt CRC Guide
www.programmersheaven.com/download/13761/1/ZipView.aspx CRC Guide

Crossref IC

Where Manufacturer
www.nteinc.com/ NTE Electronics

Crystal

local This subject got it's own page now...


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