Socket Prototypes

This implementation uses four TinyTwelve(s) on a single socket. Peripheral devices connect to three uncommitted pins on one side of the socket while network connections are made to either of two dedicated pins on the other side.


The network jumpers can be configured to demonstrate the multi-drop capabilities of the CynaseProtocol using only one pin on each processor. Or both network pins can be used making the particular chip a gateway between mulit-drop subnets. This allows any number of socket boards to be assembled into arbitrarily large systems.

See other CybordPrototypes.

After I built this prototype I was struck by how the board's parts placement matched the layout of so many diagrams of receptors in the cell wall. This diagram is from the Gillman and Rodbell 1994 Nobel Prize poster.


See ... 1994/signal.html for an explaination of this diagram, more information about signal transduction, and proper credit for the artwork.

There is a functional similality too. The processors on the Cybord serve the same role as the cell's receptors. That is, they transfer signals from one poorly controled environment to a more regular one. Here is the analogy spelt out:

cybords cells
processors receptors
world extra-cellular matrix
devices hormones
network cytoplasam
network messages second messengers


Last edited March 20, 2003
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