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What is a microcontroller?
A microcontroller or MCU is a computer-on-a-chip. It is a type of microprocessor dedicated to execute one task (as opposed to general purpose microprocessor), embedded in another device to control the features of that device thus, the name 'embedded controller'.
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2003-11-18 TI MCU features watchdog timer, brownout protection
Texas Instruments Inc. has announced what it claims is the industry's first single-chip MCU for electronic flow measurement and motion detection.
2011-03-11 TI MCU endures extreme temperatures
TI's SM320F28335-HT Delfino 32-bit floating-point MCU targets extreme applications such as downhole drilling, military applications, and medical and and surgical tools requiring sterilization.
2002-11-05 TI MCU consumes 10 times lesser power
TI's MSP430F169 MCU-based SCoC has a typical standby current consumption of 1.65A and has start-up time of <65s.
2004-06-22 TI IC allows connectivity between embedded apps, new laptops
Texas Instruments announced a key device that allows connectivity between serial based embedded applications and new laptops or legacy-free PCs.
2004-10-13 TI I/O expanders provide parallel bus monitor solutions
The SN74LV8153 8bit output expander from Texas Instruments complements its PCF8574 and PCF8574A I/O expansion devices.
2002-02-04 TI Flash MCUs go below 1mA
Texas Instruments Inc. has added two 16-bit RISC Flash microcontroller families to its MSP430 product line.
2012-06-28 TI bets on China for MCU design
TI's facility in China is not there just to support existing MCU products. Rather, it actually executes some MCU product line development from China.
2005-09-05 TI announces massive expansion of MSP430 MCU line
Texas Instruments disclosed that they plan to add over 50 new devices to its MSP430 ultra-low power microcontroller platform in the next 18 months.
2009-05-19 TI acquires ARM Cortex MCU supplier
Texas Instruments Inc. is expanding its microcontroller portfolio with the acquisition of Luminary Micro, a supplier of ARM Cortex-M3-based 32bit MCUs.
2014-01-09 Three easy steps to add USB to your design
Know how to use the CP2130 USB-to-SPI bridge controller to simplify and speed up implementation of a USB bus.
2000-09-07 The Z86C08 controls a scrolling LED message display
This application note demonstrates how the Z86C08 MCU controls a scrolling LED message display that implements a TDM technique to display the characters.
2000-09-08 The Z180 interfaced with the SCC at 10MHz
This application note describes the design of a system using a Z80180 MPU and a Z85C30 SCC (serial communications controller), both running at 10MHz.
2003-04-30 The X24C44 NOVRAM Teams up with 8051 microcontrollers
This application note describes how to interface the X24C44 with the 8051 family of microcontrollers.
2005-03-10 The world's 'smallest' ARM MCU
Oki Electric announced that they have developed the world's smallest ARM microcontroller.
2001-05-02 The TMS320C54x DSP HPI and PC parallel port interface
This application note describes the hardware interface design between the host (PC parallel port in the bi-directional mode) and the HPI (host port interface) using TI's TMS320C54x DSP.
2008-10-08 The timer array unit of the 78K0R microcontrollers
The 78K0R 16bit MCU family introduces a new timer structure for the classical timing applications. The timer array unit is composed of eight 16bit timers.
2005-01-31 The System Advantages of Low-Power Microcontrollers in Line-Powered
It is ironic that the challenge in designing line power applications is not high voltages or dangerous currents.
2008-08-28 The Microchip TCP/IP Stack
The Microchip TCP/IP Stack is a suite of programs that provides services to standard TCP/IP-based applications, or can be used in a custom TCP/IP-based application.
2015-05-08 The MCU guy's guide to FPGAs: The software
Embedded design engineers usually come from MCU background, so they often have only a vague idea as to what an FPGA is. In this article, we are going to consider the FPGA equivalent to MCU software.
2015-05-07 The MCU guy's guide to FPGAs: The hardware
Embedded design engineers usually come from MCU background, so they often have only a vague idea as to what an FPGA is. In this article, we'll consider the hardware aspects of the FPGA universe.
2002-05-01 The evolution of the digital signal controller
This technical article discusses the emergence and the features of the digital signal controller from existing DSP and MCU technologies.
2000-04-07 The E86 family: AMD's x86 Embedded Solutions
This application note describes AMD's E86 family of x86 compatible devices that provides clean and simple upgrade paths that eliminate the need to redesign hardware or rewrite code.
2001-04-09 The DS87C550 as an upgrade for 8051 derivatives
This application note discusses the issues concerned when using the DS87C550 high-speed microcontroller with ADC and PWM as a drop-in replacement for 8051 derivatives.
2001-04-11 The DS80C320 as a drop-in replacement for the 8032
This application note explains how to use the DS80C320 High-Speed Micro as a suitable replacement for Dallas Semiconductor's 8051 instruction set-compatible family of microprocessors.
2001-01-01 Test coverage enhancements at the register transfer level
This technology article describes the RTL buffer insertion and fault grading that helps identify untested functions and low-fault coverage areas where added test vectors can be generated.
2008-02-26 Tekmos intros 'drop-in replacement' device for S87C751
Tekmos claims the industries first true pin-for-pin, code and timing compatible drop-in replacement for the S87C751 device previously offered by NXP.
2000-06-06 Techniques to Disable Global Interrupts
This application note discusses four methods of disabling global interrupts in the PIC16CXX and the PIC17C42 family of microcontrollers.
2004-05-25 Techniques to disable global interrupts
This app note discusses four methods for disabling global interrupts specific to the PIC16CXXX family of products.
2015-01-08 Tearing down the simple and effective Mr. Coffee
The ubiquitous coffee machine satisfies many conflicting design demands, but it also serves as a source of parts and even a temperature controller.
2004-05-03 Taking the 32bit plunge promises payoffs
What specific factors are fueling the shift from 8bit to 32bit architectures? Read on.
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