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Colossus Jr.

A data authenticator

Colossus Jr.
Cryptography is usually thought of as concerned only with keeping secrets, but there is another use for cryptography, which has more to do with keeping things in the open. This other use, which rightly belongs in this issue on All Things Security, is data authentication: techniques for verifying that data has not been tampered with.
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Component list
R1,R4,R6,R7 = 22k
R2 = 10k
R3,R5 = 2k2
R8 = 270
C1 = 100nF
C2 = 22µF 16V radial
C3,C4 = 10µF 16V radial
D1 = 1N4148
T1,T2 = BC557B
T3 = BC547B
IC1 = PIC12F675-C/P, programmed. Publishers order code 040267-41*
IC2 = 7805CP
K1 = 9-way sub-D socket (female), PCB edge mounting
K2 = 5-way SIL pinheader
Res1 = 8.000MHz ceramic resonator
8-way IC socket
RS232 serial cable (non-crossed)
PCB, ref. 040267-1 from The PCBShop
PIC source code files, code 040267-11
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