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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 10:30 am    Post subject:  How about a Glossary ?? Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

It seems there have been request for a glossary within this subforum over the past couple of days. As we all know, this area of electronics if FILLED with specialized LINGO and can be a daunting task in trying to keep up with some of the threads here. What do you guys think?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Good idea ... a short list of candidates Very Happy



1 wire

Peripheral interface bus type originally made by Dallas Semiconductors, now owned by Maxim.

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Xilinx

Manufacturer of FPGA stuff.

[edited to make it less long Very Happy]

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Crap, you mean we used all these terms already and the forum is only a week old? ....... Shocked Shocked Shocked

Well that list sure prooves we need a glossary ....

Thanks !

Oh, I think a spelling error exists in the topic title ....... Embarassed

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I got some associations, but indeed I went through the posts and most came from there. It's not too shocking I thought, but still a lot of work to make it.

I'll post a new version with some extra cryptics added.


BTW, if you want you can edit the title of your first post, it has a speling issue indeed.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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DDR

Dual ? Dynamic Ram ?


Double Data Rate. Can refer to SDRAM or flip flops which do data transfers on both positive and negative edges of the clock.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

ScottG wrote:
Double Data Rate.


Thx, updated.

We need some other form for this I think .. I could make a nice layout in html but it seems clumsy this way.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

NCA

Numerically Controlled Amplifier (or Attenuator)

NCF

Numerically Controlled Filter

NCO

Numerically Controlled Oscillator

NCLFO

Numerically Controlled Low Frequency Oscillator

UART

Universal Asynchronous Receiver Transmitter

FSM

Finite State Machine


EDIT ADD:

LFSR

Linear Feedback Shift Register

LUT

Look Up Table

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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Oh, I think a spelling error exists in the topic title ....... Embarassed

not anymore

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

ScottG wrote:
Numerically Controlled [...]


Yes wee need those Very Happy

will update later.

Think I'll make a web page & iframe it in here. It could have links as well.

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Oh, I think a spelling error exists in the topic title ....... Embarassed

not anymore



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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ISE

Xilinx tool


edit : Xilinx "Integrated Synthesis Environment". A integrated development environment by which you can manage projects, enter and implement designs for FPGA's and CPLD's


IDE : Integrated Development Environment

MPLAB : Microchips FREE "IDE" development tool to develop applications for all their microcontrollers.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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We need some other form for this I think .. I could make a nice layout in html but it seems clumsy this way.


Thinking the same thing Jan. Very Happy This is too informal. This was really a question if it was a good idea to have a glossary and not intended to be the actual list. I made this topic sticky but would really like to see a more formal single list of terms. This "real" glossary will be the sticky topic.

I would of course help with it .......... Wink

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MIPS

A manufacturer of microprocessors


Actually they don't make any processors at all, they sell the intellectual property for their processor architecture. The MIPS is then embedded into larger SOC IC's. "SOC = System On Chip". Right now the cable modem industry is one of the biggest users of this architecture. The latest venture is the MIPS technology using in Microchips 32 bit MCU's .......

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Blue Hell wrote:

We need some other form for this I think .. I could make a nice layout in html but it seems clumsy this way.


Yeah, it is. Maybe we could have a specialized version of Search? Or maybe it's time for an electro-music Wiki that those who are knowledgeable could add to -- hopefully without getting overly verbose Razz

CPLD Complex Programmable Logic

VHDL Very (High-Speed Integrated Circuits) Hardware Description Language

OSC OpenSound Control
a communication protocol which allows musical instruments (especially electronic musical instruments such as synthesizers), computers, and other multimedia devices to share music performance data in realtime over a network.

...but I suppose anyone could go to Wikipedia, like I did.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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Or maybe it's time for an electro-music Wiki


Please do, I think it's a great idea for this function.

I was thinking just this thought as the list started to get longer and then began to fragment. Wiki would relieve the responsibility of update from just one person.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I like the idea of linking the Wikipedia definitions right in the glossary post Very Happy But yes, one or two persons would then need to keep updating it. That might be an unfair burden Shocked How much work would it be to start a electro-music Wiki ??

SPARTAN

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

We've been discussing the Wiki thing in the past, that was a bit troublesome then.

I like the idea of having links, but it would be good to have a short description as well.

If we would have a text file like :

Code:

Rabbit            {A type of micro controller}
SDRAM             {}
SMT               {Surface Mount Technology}
SOC               {System On Chip}
SPI               {Serial Peripheral Interface}
SRAM              {Static RAM}
SVF               {State Variabl Filter}
SPARTAN           {A type of FPGA made by Xilinx. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spartan_%28FPGA%29]}
State machine     {A formal abstraction for describing the workings of some process or machinery.}
TTL               {Transistor Transtor Logic}
TriCore           {}
UART              {Universal Asynchronous Receiver Transmitter}
USB               {Universal Serial Bus}
VBA               {Visual Basic for Applications}



I could probably make some PHP code to generate a web page from it, that web page could be shown in an IFrame in the glossary page, it would not matter where the text file, the PHP code or the generated HTML would be, so I could run that at home. We then would need some extra stuff to be able to GET and PUT the text file, with a simple checkout counter ... might manage that in a weekend ... or two ...

bad idea ?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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Assembler
A low level programming languange
A translator for assembler


Assembly is the language. One uses an assembler to assemble assembly.... Sorry to be a nitpick Embarassed

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

DrJustice wrote:
Sorry to be a nitpick Embarassed


Nitpicking is a important social ritual amongst primates Rolling Eyes

And you are right of course.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

arrow Test, please report - it won't work from my own PC Very Happy :

Edit : I moved the glossy to a later post.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Looks like it works for me. I'm using the OLD version of Mozilla, not FireFox
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Ok, thanks!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

works for me. firefox, winxp
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

It looks nice and those wiki references are a great feature.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

You mean like it could actually be usable Shocked Laughing

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