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Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging at CES 2011

This week Las Vegas is hosting the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show, a trade show where hundreds of consumer oriented companies annouce their new products. While I’m not there, I am paying close attention to all of the news coverage. One interesting product that has popped up is from Fulton Innovation’s eCoupled product line. Their demo in Las Vegas […]

Renewable Energy Tax Incentives Extended

President Obama signed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 on Friday, December 17th, 2010. This will extend the Section 1603 Treasury Grant Program. The Grant Program was created as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The program can cover up to 30% of the cost […]

Hurling Pumpkins at the World Championship Punkin Chunkin

Oztek recently sponsored the Launch-Ness Monster at the World Championship Punkin Chunkin in Bridgeville, Delaware. Launch-Ness is captained by Jay Goodell, a Design Engineer at Oztek. I myself helped build the Monster. Punkin Chunkin is a compeition where the goal is to throw a pumpkin further than everyone else. Launch-Ness monster competed in the trebuchet division, […]

Porting Free Modbus for the SCR-1000 Control Board

For our SCR-1000 board, we needed to implement a Modbus stack for communicating with the board over RS-485. We have previously ported the FreeMODBUS stack to the Texas Instruments 28335 for use on the OZDSP-3000 board, so again we selected FreeMODBUS for use on the Stellaris part that controls the SCR-1000. The SCR-1000 only requires the use of the RTU mode […]