CEPD News 
March, 2010 - Vol 3, Issue 2

March 2010 


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Society News
Web Based Calculators
Amateur Radio
Quick Links
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Society News
The next IEEE Signal Processing Society meeting will be on March 16th, 5:30pm at Devry University, Rm 300. 
The topic is:
Algorithms in FPGAs:  Rethinking System Architecture in the world of the Megachip
by Brian Kurtz (Altera Corporation)
Please click on the link for more information and to
Web Based Calculators
Thanks to Richard and Glenn, CEPD's website contains handy engineering calculators to help you with your designs.  They include:
Amateur Radio
A lot has changed in ham radio. In 2007, the FCC changed the rules for amateur radio licensing.  The new licensee classes were reduced to three: Technician, General and Extra.  The Morse code proficiency requirements have been dropped.  For a small fee you can take one to all three exams in one sitting.
Depending on your license class, you may operate or experiment on frequencies from MHz to hundreds of GHz.  There are many digital data, voice, remote control and photograph and file transfer transmission modes.  Stations can consist of a handheld transceiver, a base station with visible or hidden antennas or a remotely operated station which may also be connected via the internet. Communication may be via line of site, atmospheric "skip", satellite (also shuttle and space station), or moon bounce.  Many operators communicate worldwide with less than 5W of power, but others operate with power up to 1500W.  After transmitting in some modes, you can check your worldwide reception for free via monitors connected to the internet.  Low cost equipment is available at swap meets "ham fests" or through commercial stores. 
Here are some links with more information: FCCfree study guides, test locations and times, Boulder Amateur Radio Club, ham bandssignal monitors.  -Dave AC0QG
Another Favorite Link
We periodically update our favorite links on our website (see the left panel of this newsletter).  These links include free engineering and business tools.  A new one we are adding to our list is:
Resist: Blake Leverett's program to calculate optimum resistor values for dividers, amplifiers, etc.
If you would like help developing a new product or if you find your project under staffed, CEPD can help you meet your deadlines. Our staff draws on years of diverse product design experience to provide creative and timely solutions for your product needs. Some of our specialties include:
  • DSP
  • Embedded Systems Hardware and Software
  • Data Acquisition
  • Wireless Sensor and Telemetry Systems (Zigbee, Cellular, VHF, etc.)
  • Motor Control Systems
  • Programmable Logic: FPGA / CPLD / EPLD
  • Analog Circuit Design
  • Switching Power Supply Design
  • PCB Design and Layout
  • Analysis and Documentation
Our goal is to provide cost effective and expedient design options for our clients. Our services range from an hour of consultation to large turn-key product development projects. We provide detailed proposals, accurate estimates and time schedules to help you manage each phase of the project. We can offer fixed cost or time and materials proposals to suit your specific needs. There is no cost to you for the proposals we create and the initial discussions required! 
The Staff of CEPD, Inc.
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