Designed & Made
in America (DMA)



Latest Blog Publications as of Aug 15 2021

[.NEW.] Part 22 - Latest Addition To The IoT Platform Project Series    Update Jan 25, 2022 [.NEW.]

Internet of Things (IoT) - Security,Privacy,Safety - The Information Playground
IoT Core Platform Development Project
Updated Jan 25, 2022
Part 22: 
- Peripheral I/O Development - ITF Development  M&A Realities of Supply Chain  - Continued

Overview for Part 22:
In Part 22, continued development of the Interface Test Fixture's (ITF) & CPLD's  Architecture:

  • The realities of Discontinued components from manufacturers and the effect on products and the blog.

  • Reinstated discontinued component update- Changes development direction ?

  • The comparison between Altera Quartus Release 15.1 and the new Intel/Altera Release 20.1 results are very different using the exact same design.

  • Update on Intel Quartus Prime Lite release 21.1 compatibility older design upgrade comparison - Successful

  • Where the industry stands today on the preferred embedded processor for new applications and who are the top players leading the market at this time. 
  • Free Logic Analyzer Display (LAD) Control software free download - no adds, phone home links, etc., runs on a USB independent of OS win XP, 7,8,10.


[.NEW.] Comming Soon - Earth's Magnetic Field Changes as Planets Orbit Align in our Solar System  [.NEW.]

BASIL Networks has several projects on-going in addition to this blog series.  Since this blog presented a series on Wave Phenomenon, Antennas and Radiation a bit over a year now, we decided to share the data acquisition setup for some of the data collected here in the Tucson Arizona lab.  

Back in December 2020, a circuit composed of a series of sensitive linear magnetic field sensors and a 16-bit DAQ system was used to collect magnetic field changes as the two largest planets in our solar system, Jupiter and Saturn, went through the "great conjunction" event in 2020.  A terabyte of data was collected over a six-day span on either side of the planetary alignment date of December 21, 2020.

A little bit about the data collection and data acquisition circuit detail notes:  Four analog inputs are used for data collection, three for the sensors and one for the power supply powering the sensors.  The sensors used in the research experiment are a continuous frequency linear directional magnetic field sensor with a full-scale range of +/-1 milliTesla. When connected to the DAQ the sensors are capable of resolving in the 30 nanoTesla range using a 16-bit ADC.  The measurement of the average Earth's magnetic field in the data acquisition lab is in the 50 microTesla range, which provides an adequate resolution to measure any effects of the planetary alignment on Earth, which was the intent.

Data from four analog input channels was collected using three linear magnetic sensors (X, -X, and Z magnetic axes), and one additional channel used for the power source reference.  The data collection rate was fixed at 250K SPS (Samples Per Second) per channel, grouped at one microsecond intervals, running continuously for 6 days, collecting about a terabyte of data.   

The linear directional single axis sensors allow a unique base line using two linear sensors that are set directional North to South and South to North that should cancel out giving a simple noise base line, along with the third directional sensor set orthogonally East to West for computational magnitude variations.   There are also other markers, that are timed in the lab during the data collection, that will be included with the publication.  

Data analysis is the next step in the process, since special analytical programs need to be written to extract the types of data of interest, which will be published upcoming blog series releases.  There is still a lot more work to be done in the next year to get ready for the upcoming planetary alignments in 2023 and 2024.  This should be enough time to look at other sensors that may provide more sensitivity, if needed, along with other additional sensors that have less sensitivity and offer a greater range in order to collect a full range of data of the actual phenomenon.

OK, all for now - we will keep you up to date as we move forward with the projects.

Wave Phenomenon, Antennas and Radiation -  Jan 7, 2021
Part - 5  Human Body Electro-Chemical-Magnetic-Biological-Communications

Overview for Part-5 Basic Human Body Electro-Chemistry & Magnetic Fields:
Continuing on from Part-4 of the series presenting the Human anatomy that interacts with the environment.  The Electro-Chemical-Magnetic-Biological Communications system.  This part presents an overview of parameters of a typical MIMO (Multi-Input-Multi-Output) self balancing closed loop human blood flow system.  

  • A short review of Closed Loop Systems characterization parameters.
  • A short overview of anatomy, blood flow, Central Nervous system, and the chemical elements and molecules.
  • Connecting the dots of the Venous system arteries, veins, the Central Nervous System (CNS) to the Ventricular (chambers) Cerebrospinal Fluid  (CSF) system and plasma distribution.
  • An overview of the Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF),  since it is this fluid that flows through the brain and is connected through a vascularized membrane(Choroid Flexus) methodology within the ventricular system.
  • The interconnection between the ventricular system, blood plasma and the clear highly filtered plasma the Cerebrospinal fluid.  Since our species is an electro-chemical biological species and not just silicon and software many unknowns on just how the core of the biological systems works in conjunction of its' environmental effects continue to bring us to new levels of understanding at every turn.  
  • An overview of the information flow of the central nervous system.


Knowledge Acquired Along The Way

"We first make our habits, and then our habits make us" - John Dryden(Aug 19, 1631 - May 12th, 1700)

The Internet of Things (IoT) - Security,Privacy,Safety - IoT Core Platform Development Project is the first of several development projects that we will be posting on this site.  The blog articles are specifically designed with education in mind.  As these blog develop so will different mindset learning approaches that will be implemented in order to connect with the different approaches that individuals connect and learn.

With over 40 years applied experiences with product development the road to develop a reliable guide for project development has had many ups and downs and detours along with failures and successes.  Some large and midsize manufacturers still attempt to increase the percentage of reuse only to find that the nature of the beast will always maintain a small percentage.  Why is this?  Well, one opinion is, the fact of the acceleration of technology where the older platforms are phased out and the new platforms are phased in, the cycle has not let up for the past 60 years and is still advancing.  Oh by the way, this is not a bad thing!

The knowledge being shared in this blog is with the intent of developing reliable engineering habits to be exercised within any development project with a high level of success.  As stated "We first make our habits, and then our habits make us".

Lets look at the habits that this series encourage from its conception in a block diagram below.   Education is not just a transfer of knowledge - it is a process of repetition in order to create positive habits that will stimulate personal growth.

IoT Development Project                     

                          Wave Phenomenon

A Block Segment of the Knowledge Acquired Along The Way

The habits that the IoT Core Platform Development series encourage are:

  • Critical thinking of the impact of designing a product will have on its application.
  • Looking at the Internet in a different Point of View.
    End User↔User Router ↔ [Internet Highway Routers] ↔ User Router↔End User
  • The importance of quality documentation for each section of a development project
  • Documentation processes and traceability  - Reliability Traceability Matrix (RTM)
  • Design of Interface Test Fixtures (ITF) to insure functionality and performance
  • The managing of multiple projects that are interrelated and require parallel development
  • and more -----

Remember this educational series offers a chance to win a complete
system (hardware and software) at the end of the project series.

Signup now to get a heads-up on new additions and
enter our drawing for a complete IoT Core Platform System

[.NEW.]Blog Category  [NEW]
"Wave Phenomenon, Antennas and Radiation"

A brief introduction to our new series "Wave Phenomenon, Antennas and Radiation" which is all about wireless communications and the radiated energy it transmits.  Radiation theory is basically broken down to two broad frequency bands or wavelength bands 'types', Non-Ionizing and Ionizing radiation.  There are groups that state that Ionizing radiation is that harmful radiation to life forms and Non-Ionizing radiation is not harmful to Humans.  All radiation is harmful to the human body if concentrated and/or at high levels.  We will present different types of antennas and how they focus radiated energy and the frequencies of Non-Ionizing radiation effects of various life forms and their organs, the basis of many controversies today.

The Ionizing radiation bands effect the human DNA directly, Ultraviolet, X-Rays Gamma Rays which is why humans wear radiation badges when working in areas where radiation equipment is used.  The frequency range is 1014 Hz to 1021 Hz and beyond.   There is a "visible" waveband that is a small waveband from 380 to 740 nanometers or 430-770 Terahertz 1THz =  1012 Hz = 1000Giga-Hertz).  The non-ionizing radiation effects mostly living organs and have caused various types of mutations within these organs.  We will cover that later in the series.  The series will cover Effective Radiated Power (ERP)  and many other transmission parameters.  Studies for this series will include some analytical Geometry, Integral Calculus, Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics.

OK, nice presentation but what does this have to do with our IoT Platform Project?
The IoT core platform will incorporate wireless technology and will be referenced to the new blog series Wave Phenomenon, Antennas and Radiation.  Designing wireless products entails a bit more research than that of direct connect (wired) devices. Has a variety of limitations and effects that will be covered in the Wave Phenomenon, Antennas and Radiation series.


A Introduction Update to the IoT Platform Project Series

This series is what we are calling a "living development series" in order to present a realistic working product development project focused on the (IoT) Internet of Things.   The object of this series is to present the actual product development path along with real world project challenges in order to create a "Safe, Secure and Private" Core IoT Platform, Hardware, Firmware and Software for LAN, WAN and Cloud platforms.

2nd Anniversary Update (Jan 14, 2019)
A lot has transpired since we first started this IoT Platform Development Project series.  We witnessed the 2 billion records breach mark from multiple companies that contain a lot of PII (Personal Identifying Information) account data.  These records may not show up for some time maybe never, but the fact remains that many have now been enlightened that the Internet is not private at all.

3rd Anniversary Update and New Blog Category (Feb 29, 2020)
So much has changed in 2019 that it would take several blogs to document the complete lists.  Compiling a summary is a bit easier and of course since re-publishing/re-wording someone else's articles is not this blogs intent.  Our focus is on the IoT core platform development, Safety, Privacy and security.  So what we will do here is to identify the sections that we updated with [ edited 02/2020 ] and added links in bold to sources of information presented for readers.  We have recorded breaches that broke the 15 billion record mark, yes billions, that is about two times the entire world population and considering that there are less than 2 billion active servers, validated from Netcraft.

I have and still do experience the joy of exercising my passion with technology and how it has grown over the past 60 years, 40 years of which I participated in developing new technology products.  Experiencing the change from a 16"x16" PCB for the past Data General and the old BB-11 BUS from DEC and others with over 100 discrete logic components miniaturized down to a single 15mm chip at a small fraction of the cost.  Not only having all the resources with all the capability to design products on a desktop computer from schematic capture, PCB Layout and Mechanical integration.  For all those that know me understand my logic for standing my ground on scientific testing and investigations to insure products are safe for both human and animal species.  With that said we now look at what the near future holds in store for the populous and the challenges it holds.

We have seen the Mergers & Acquisitions of the embedded microprocessor market from many players to a few that are on top, they are Micochip, NXP, Intel, AMD as of this writing in that order.  Intel and AMD are primarily a Desktop, Laptop, Tablet type Processors that have been aggressively pushing to enter the embedded IoT, automotive and cell phone market since it is anticipated to be a $20 to $30 Billion market area which is probably conservative.  It is anticipated that it will not grow as fast as intended since there is a lot of pushback on the 5G deployment, there are links to that below and the full vetted information's are in the links.   Since we are incorporating wireless into our platform at both licence and public frequency bands we will present the wave propagation analysis and radiation that will be used.  The core IoT platform in this series uses a unique proprietary methodology to reduce radiation and maintain communications that we will presented when we enter the wireless security section of the series.

For those that have asked me about wireless in our lab, "we do not use any wireless communications in the lab, all system and servers are "hard wired".  We have a wireless router for the Roku since it only operates on WiFi however, that is only on when it is used which is not very often and turned off when not in use, including the Roku device itself.  Radiation measurements are recorded in the lab on a regular interval for analysis purposes and are not published here, however we will probably publish them in the new blog being introduced below.

On the peripheral side of the developments over the last year several new devices have released that we will add to the interface list such as a multi channel temperature IC with a small data storage internal allowing a steady stream of temperature data to be gathered.   Faster A/D and D/A converters with higher resolution as well as faster and more flexible programmable gain amplifiers that allow more types of non standard analog sensors.

Technology Connects Everything
The market introduced listening and camera devices that are able to listen and monitor our movements and issue commands to devices connected to the Internet, not to ignore the smart phones already tracking data.  The things to keep in mind here is for these listening and camera devices the data is going to some third party and being sold to other third party marketers to send advertising on the go for "profit".  That means that your gestures and voices are stored and shared with multiple unknown third parties.   Now think of ordering products through this audio/visual device and giving personal information to these unknown third party data gatherers.  Oh by the way make sure the TV in the bedroom is really off, oops!

Now enter the Internet of Things, everything interconnected and beyond with IPv6 huge addressing capability, security and privacy is gaining high visibility as the predominate issue.  The privacy and security issue is not just for the home environment is extends to the industry, from transportation, retail, marketing, engineering and more.  The world of access through IoT sensors of all types, video, audio, control networks like traffic lights, electric grids and municipal utilities that monitor and control the safety of our everyday lives.  Ok, do not look at this as a Gloom and Doom issue, but as a challenge to insure privacy, security and safety of your (PII) personal identifiable information.

I want to sincerely thank all the readers and those that contacted me privately for their support, advice and suggestions to improve this series.
Enjoy the Series - Sal Tuzzo


Copyright© 1990-2021 BASIL Networks, PLLC. All rights reserved