Final Thoughts

11 May

A Few Final Thoughts
Recent advances in computers and networking technology have spurred tremendous interest in the development of computer-controlled devices, smart appliances, and so called web-enabled devices: electronic devices that communicate directly with the Internet.  We hope this book has helped jump start you on the development of your own web-enabled devices using commercially available electronics.

Using a generic, Java-programmable network interface with a wide variety of inter- face busses, you can now make just about any device a network device. In this chapter we will briefly comment on the future of TINI and some of the many possi- bilities for connecting devices using TINI as the network controller.

The Future of TINI

During the early development of this book, Maxim Integrated Products Inc.1  pur- chased Dallas Semiconductor. Before this purchase, Dallas had big plans for future versions of TINI. All indications are that these plans will continue to develop into

new TINI products.  Look for continued improvements to TINI in the coming months and years. By the time you read this book Dallas Semiconductor will have released the TINI software version 1.1, which will include several significant improvements.

•  Dynamic class loading.

•  Object serialization.

•  Reflection.

•  IPv6.

•  Prioritized processes and threads.

•  Stack traces.

•  Support for mountable file systems.

Dallas Semiconductor has also announced2  and released a preliminary datasheet for the DS80C4003  Network Microcontroller that is expected to replace the 80C390 microcontroller on a future TINI version. The 80C400 will be an integrated CPU, 1- wire interface and 10/100 Ethernet interface. It will support the following features:

•  Flat 16-MB address space.

•  CAN 2.0B controller.

•  Three full-duplex serial ports.

•  Eight bidirectional 8-bit ports.

•  Support for IPv4 and IPv6.

•  Clock rates up to 50 MHz.

•  16 total interrupt sources with 6 external interrupts.

•  Programmable IrDA clock.

•  Advanced power management.

Dallas Semiconductor is clearly on the right road to reducing the chip count of the

TINI chipset for reduced cost, size and power on future versions of TINI.

Connecting Your Device

There are many visions of the networked future, with everything connected to and controllable through the Internet. Some fanciful visions include refrigerators that will track your home food inventory and automatically reorder your groceries as you consume them. Other visionaries dream of the days when all of your home appliances (like your dishwasher and clothes washer) will be networked and will automatically send email to the proper service technician when the appliance determines that it needs maintenance.

While these (and other visions) are certainly possible, the value of these services seems questionable, particularly after considering the added cost to add a network capability to a low-cost appliance and the added cost of providing a network connec- tion and the monthly monitoring service.

Why internet-enable anything?

While the need to network everything seems questionable, there is plenty of reason for connecting certain devices to either a LAN or the Internet. One of the more compelling reasons is that an embedded controller no longer needs a display or hardware user interface. A standard web browser can become the standard user interface (everyone has one of those, right?) for your device. The user requires no

new software to monitor and interact with your hardware and you can reduce the cost of your design by eliminating the need for user interface hardware (keyboard, display, etc). Another benefit is that the Internet provides a way for you to collect operational data about your device and learn how and when your customers use it and what features they use or don’t use.  This also provides a way for you to add features or correct problems in the software remotely.

So, why use the Internet? Why not use one of the many other available network technologies? First and foremost, the Internet (and Ethernet) has become very common and so connectivity (routers, hubs, network interface cards, cables) is cheaper than with most proprietary communications schemes. Most office buildings have full network connectivity (even if it’s just a LAN) and many houses are now being fully wired for Ethernet. This existing network can now be the basis of home or office automation and monitoring tasks previously done with other wired networks. Worldwide connectivity via the Internet is everywhere (almost). By taking advantage of this, you can monitor and upgrade your devices over great distances almost as easily as if they were in the same room. The Internet also provides an easy means for distributing some of the processing load to other computers. By using a standard network and a TINI (which provides access to this network almost for free), you

might monitor a collection of weather or environmental sensors, for example, distrib- uted all over the world. While TINI is well suited for the task of monitoring sensors and reporting data over the network, a networked TINI could then retrieve additional weather-related information from publicly accessible weather servers. Additionally, data that may be too computationally intensive, such as the time of sunrise or the phase of the moon, could be calculated and retrieved from a computer on the network that is more suited to the task.


Throughout this book we have discussed and demonstrated the many interfaces available to you for controlling hardware and reading sensors—from I2C, CAN, 1- Wire, parallel IO, and serial ports.

We have also discussed and demonstrated the many ways TINI offers to connect to your LAN and the Internet: 10 base-T, RS-232 serial connection, and PPP connections.

Figure 14-2: TINI network  connections

Using TINI as the base of your next embedded hardware design provides you with all of the tools to network enable just about anything (sensible or not). Here are just of few of the limitless possibilities of devices you can embed with TINI to make a remote networked device:

•  Instrumentation and laboratory processes.

•  Remote monitoring of manufacturing facilities, office buildings.

•  Home or office alarm systems.

•  Monitoring of distributed events (weather stations, remote seismic stations, environmental monitoring).

•  Even networking your coffee pot (as silly as this may seem at first, this is little more than a scaled-back implementation of remote monitoring and control of things like manufacturing processes).

Figure 14-3: TINI networked  coffee pot

What’s Been Done with TINI

A number of talented developers have produced a very interesting and varied array of applications using TINI. Here is a sampling of some of the hardware and software development using TINI.

TINI Ethernet MP3 Player4

The MP3elf is an Ethernet-connected MP3 player that receives an MP3 stream from a local area network server and delivers it to amplified speakers or a hi-fi system. The MP3elf  hardware is based on the STA013 MP3 decoder chip (from STMicroelectronics) and a TINI single-board Java computer.

TINI CAN Monitor5

TINI is used in a prototype system that is able to establish an on-line connection between agricultural equipment with CAN sensors (that senses monitor equipment operating conditions) and a TCP/IP-based network for data analysis.

Servertec Web Server for TINI6

The Servertec Internet Server is a Web Server designed to run on TINI.  Using this server, developers can easily create web-based applications that interact with a wide range of devices to control lighting, heating/cooling units, door entry, refrigeration, medical testers, monetary transactions, appliances and vending machines.

X10 Libraries for TINI7

Jesse Peterson has developed a Java library that can control both the CM11A and CM17A X10 controllers. This allows you to control X10-enabled devices from Java programs running on TINI.

TINI WAP Server8

The lightweight server allows any WAP-enabled PDA or cell phone to be served with WML and WMLScript based applications from a TINI embedded device. This server includes full image support to send WBMP and PNG graphics to the wireless browser.

TINI Beer Keg9

The device demonstrates the use of TINI for remote monitoring the status of an office beer keg (temperature and volume remaining).

TINI Drink machine10

TINI monitors the drink machine in the Rochester Institute of Technology Computer Science building. This uses 1-Wire devices that include switches and a temperature sensor for each slot.


TINI is the heart of a true Internet appliance, a toaster that collects weather forecasts and burns that forecast onto a piece of bread.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

In the early 90s, when most people were just becoming aware of the Internet, there were a few university labs experimenting with connecting hardware to the Internet. The webcam was born. Nowadays, just about everybody has an Internet connection at home, and at work, our photocopiers, laser printers, and lab instruments are all IP addressable on a LAN.  Web browsers are an integral part of how we access information. Do you have some project idea that you would like to put on the

Internet? Are you ready to build the better Internet mousetrap?  We hope this book will give you a good start, by introducing how to build Internet-enabled devices via an inexpensive, ready-made, Java-powered microcontroller.


1. Warren Webb,

Ethernet Invades Embedded Space, EDN, September 11, 1998, pg 71-80

2. Warren Webb,

Embed The Web for Fun and Profit, EDN, March 18, 1999, pg 57-68

3. Warren Webb,

Designing Web Appliances on a Shoestring, EDN, April 13, 2000, pg 89-96

4. NS Manju Nath,

Low-Cost Techniques bring Internet Connectivity to Embedded Devices, EDN, November 11, 1999, pg 159-166

5. Dan Strassberg,,

EDN, September 2, 1999,  101-108

6. Richard A Quinnell,

Web Servers in Embedded Systems Enhance User Interaction, EDN, April 10, 1997

7. Nicholas Cravotta,

Managing Internet Enabled Devices,

EDN, September 20, 1001, pg 48-60

8. Bill Travis,

Sensors Smarten Up,

EDN, March 8, 1999, pg 76-86.



10/100 BASE-T, 6 cable, 11-13

10BASE-T, 6


CLASSPATH, 117-119 libraries, 117-126 hardware,  119-120 program,  120-126 defined, 345

devices, 369-370 bus protocol,  349 reset, 350

communication details, 350-353 bus commands,  353-359 connecting PC to, 370-379

how TINI communicates  with, 418-431 finding all devices, 400

memory mapped  driver, 441

1-Wire Java API, 380-393

1-Wire Net, 102, 345-431


address, Ethernet, 13-14

address decoder (on TINI), 256-259 address space, (see TINI, address space) address, Internet, 14

API, 25, 185-190

AT commands,  524

authentication, user with PPP server, 554-561


BAT files (for compiling), 232-234 binding

To port number, 59 bridge, 8

broadband connection,  8, 9

BuildDependency, 209

buttons, adding to TINI, 273-280 listing, B-1 – B-10 (on CD-ROM)


cable categories, 11 cabling,

PPP, 523

serial, 105-106,  112 network, 11-13

CAN bus

Definitions, 467

Versions, 468

Frames, 472

Implementation, 469-482

How TINI does, 163, 483-500

Hardware,  484-486

Classes, 487

Bit timing, 478, 488

Bus monitor,  490-500

Physical Layer, 481

CAN interface, 158

CAT-3 cable, 11

CAT-5 cable, 11

CE0-3 signal name, 131

CIDR, 16

Class A, 14-15

Class B, 15

Class D, 14

Class E, 14 classes

Java, 37

Network, 14 classful routing, 14

CLASSPATH, 32, 35, 85,  107-108, 109,

118, 119

client/server relationship,  20-21 connecting to Internet, 8-10 connection,  dial-up, 9 constructor,  37

Controller Area Network (see CAN bus) CPURST signal name, 130, 131, 136,


CRC, 359-362

CTX signal name, 131, 440, 485

CRX signal name, 131, 440, 485 crossover cable, 6, 12, 524

Controller Area Network

(see CAN bus)


D9, connector,  302

D25, connector,  302 data bus buffer, 255

data communication equipment,  (DCE),


data  terminal equipment,  (DTE), 300

DHCP, 17

DNS, 14

domain names, 14

DOS batch files, 232

DOS command  window, 236

DS1315 real time clock, 151-152

DS1321, 144-146

DS1820 1-Wire thermometer,  500

DS1920 thermometer,  366-369,  411-418,


DS2401 silicon serial number, 120, 501

DS2405 addressable  switch, 362-365,


DS2406 1-Wire switch, 500

DS2480, 149-150,  375

DS80C390, 127, 133

DTR232 signal name, 131. 150-151,

160-161,  307


E10/E20 socket board,  158-172

EN2480 signal name, 131. 149-150 encapsulation, 18

error handling, 52-54

Ethernet, 5, 514-518

Address, 13-14

Controller (on TINI), 156

Example programs,, 148,  277, 335, 491, 495, 502,  505,  57,  75,  55,  399, 449, 261, 274, 58, 120 45, 27, 114, 67,  60, 63, 77, 73, 82, 460, 282, 263, 265, 266, 287, 455, 318, 528, 546, 535, 537, 271, 293, 284, 279, 283,  396, 33, 538, 548, 555, 50,  227, 339, 456, 341, 153, 385, 86, 314, 323, 54, 58, 403,  412, 422, 425, 428, 211, 43, 247,  137 exception handling, 51-58

EXTINT signal name, 131, 168, 273,



flash ROM, 141-142

FTP, 20

Using, 235-236

Finally keyword, 58


gateway, 8

GNUmake, 237


hardware, network, 5

HTTP, 20

HTTP server, 60-73 hub, 7, 8

HyperTerminal, 180-181,  525


I2C, 157, 433-466

Addressing, 439

Data format, 435-439

Definitions, 434-435

How TINI does, 157, 440

Master/slave concept in, 434

Memory-mapped driver for, 441

TINI software for, 442 iButton, 149, 348, 430 inheritance,  41-51 instance, 37

interface (in Java), 82

Internet address, 14

Internet connectivity, rationale behind,


Internet Protocol, 14, 511

Interrupt selection circuitry, 168

INTOW signal name, 131, 147-149,


I/O circuits, C-1 (on CD-ROM) IP address, 14, 516

IP network, 511

Ipconfig, slush command,  511-514


Java Development Kit, 25-30

Installing, 25-30

Java Runtime Environment, 25

Java, 25, 37-59

Classes, 206

Methods,  206 references, 4


loading and running, 109 loading firmware with, 113 description,  177-179

DTR error, 184 javax.comm., 30-36

JDK (see Java Development Kit) Jedit, 240-241

JRE (see Java Runtime Environment)


keypad, adding to TINI, 280-286


LAN (see Local Area Network)

LCD display, adding to TINI, 260-272

LED display, adding to TINI, 286-294

LED status lights on TINI, 157 local area network, 5, 6


MAC address, 13-14

makefiles (for compiling), 238-240

MAN (see Metropolitan  Area Network) memory map, (see TINI, memory map) memory mapped  devices, 255-260 method,  defined, 37

metropolitan area network, 5

MicroCans, 349

microcontrollers,  (see network-enabled microcontrollers)

MicroLAN (see 1-Wire Net)

minicom, using, 180-181

Modem class, 528 testing, 535-537

modem connection,  528


network address, 7, 13-17 network classes, 14-15

network communication, 17-21 network devices, 93

network hardware, 5 network hub, 7

network interface card, 6, 9 network programming,  59

network-enabled  microcontrollers, table of,


NIC (see network interface card)


object, 37

object-oriented  programming,  39-40

One-Wire (see 1-Wire) OOP diagrams, 39-40

Open Systems Interconnection, 18

OSI, 18

OWIO signal name, 131, 149-150,  419


package diagrams for TINI API, 185-190 parallel communication software, 334-337 parallel device example, 337-344

parallel ports, 331-344

PCE0-3 signal name, 131, 257

PCA82C250, 485

PCF8574 remote 8-bit I/O expander, 455 pinout, TINI, A-6 – A-7 (on CD-ROM) point-to-point protocol,  9

port adapter, 381-396 port (TCP/IP), 21

assignments, 22 ports (CPU), 134-136 power supply, on TINI, 164


TINI as client, 538

TINI as server, 545

ppp command  in slush, 561-566

PPP connection,  9, 518-520 physical interface, 523

PPPCommand class, 561

PPPEvents, 520, 521

PPPServer class, 548 prerequisites, 4 protocol  stack, 18 protocols,  18-19, 21


Real time clock, 151-152

real-time clock demo program, 153 repeater, 8

RJ-11 cable, 12

RJ-45 connector,  11, 162, 304 router, 8

RS232 interface (also see “serial port” and

“TINI, serial port”, 150, 295

RX232 signal name, 131, 150-151,  307 rxtx, 35


SAA1064  LED display driver, 447

SCL signal name, 440

SDA signal name, 440

SDK (see Software Development Kit)

serial cables/connectors, 300-305

serial communication software (API), 311 serial line voltages, 298-299

serial port,

baud rate divisor, 330-331 cable wiring, 303 connector pinout,  302 general, 295

java access, 30-36 loopback test, 85-91 on PC, 85-91,

TINI (serial0-3), 295-331 serial server, TINI, 204, 308 server, 21

reading/writing to, 63, 67 silver satin, 11

slush, 113, 190, 204

Adding commands,  226-232 commands,  193-199

files and environment, 199-204 modifying, 219-232 recompiling, 219-223,  561 starting,  191-193

SMTP, 20 socket, 21

reading/writing to, 60 socket board,  E10/E20,

CAN interface, 163

DTR reset enable, 160-161 ethernet interface, 162-163 external 1-Wire interface, 162

external interrupt  selection circuitry,


flash, additional,  164-166 flash, over ride, 166

internal 1-Wire interface, 169

LCD interface, 172 parallel IO, 169-172 regulated power supply, 164 serial2, serial3, 167-168 serial interface, 160-161

socket boards,  other

Vinculum Technologies, 173

Systronix, 174

making your own, 175

Software Development Kit, 25 subclass, Java, 42

subnetwork, 16-17 superclass, Java, 42 switch, 8

Systronix, 174, 254


TCP/IP, 9, 17-18, 516 layers, 19

protocol  stack, 59

Telnet, 20

terminal connection,  180

Thermochron,  349 threads,  74-84, 205 throwing, exception, 52


120-volt AC sensor for, C-4 (on CD-ROM)

120 VAC switching for, C-8 (on CD-ROM)


buttons, 273-280

Flash memory to, 251

Keypad, 280

LCD display, 260

LED display, 286-294 memory, 245-251

memory-mapped devices, 255

SIMM connector,  253-254 address space, 139-140

address decoder,  256-260

API, 185, 421-425

CAN (controller area network), 163,


CLASSPATH, 107-109

components, 130, A-1 (on CD-ROM) CPU pinout,  133-136

CPU Reset, 146

datasheets, A-5 (on CD-ROM) external 1-Wire bus, 419 external 1-Wire I/O, 149 external interrupt,  168 firmware, 182-185

flash ROM, 141-143 flash override, 166 future of, 569-570

general specifications, 101, 127-130 hardware,  127-176

I/O, 295-344

internal 1-Wire bus, 147, 420

I2C interface, 157-158,  440

LED status lights, 157

LED indicator, C-5 (on CD-ROM)

libraries, 107-109 loader, 180-182 memory map, 140 memory, 205

network, 514, 518, 572 networking classes, 518 nonvolatile RAM, 144

optically isolated voltage input, C-2 (on CD-ROM)

optically isolated output, C-8 (on CD-ROM)

parallel ports, 169-172,  332-333 pinout, A-6 – A-7 (on CD-ROM) port adapter  objects, 420 position sensing circuit, C-3 power supply, 164

PPP, 520

programming,  114, 204-232

RAM nonvolatizer, 144 real-time clock, 151

relay control, C-6 (on CD-ROM)

serial ports, 150-151,  305-311

SIMM, 102, 130-132

socket accessories, 173-175 socket boards,  103-105

solid-state relay, C-7 (on CD-ROM)

static RAM, 143-144 stick, 129-130

switch input, C-1 (on CD-ROM)

third-party software, 241-243

UART, 167

versions, 128 A-1 (on CD-ROM)

watchdog timer, 137

TINIConvertor, 208-209

TINI microcontroller board,  98

TMEX, 381

twisted pair cable, 11

TX232 signal name, 131, 150-151,  307


UART, 296

UDP, 19 uplink port, 7


objects, 73 class, 73

USB, 377

user authentication, 554-561 utilities, 232-237


Vinculum Technologies, 173, 254


WAN (see Wide area network)

watchdog timer, 137

Web server, java, 60-73, 211-218

Wired AND, 1-wire, 347 wide area network, 5

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