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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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2002-02-22 Zoran, Sanyo jointly develop microcontroller chips for DVD players
Zoran Corp. and Sanyo Technosound Co. Ltd have jointly developed microcontroller ICs for DVD players. According to the companies, the new microcontroller chip will help eliminate the need for a second microcontroller chip traditionally used to control the DVD loader drive.
2008-06-09 Xilinx in-system programming using an embedded microcontroller
By using an embedded controller to program the Xilinx CPLDs and FPGAs from an on-board RAM or EPROM, designers can easily upgrade, modify, and test designs, even in the field.
2000-06-28 XC9500 in-system programming using an embedded microcontroller
This application note demonstrates the in-system programmability of the XC9500 high-performance CPLD family by using an embedded controller to program these CPLDs from an on-board RAM or EPROM.
2001-06-08 Using the Xicor X5165/X5325/X5645 CPU supervisors with the 8051 microcontroller
This application note describes how to interface the Xicor X5165/X5325/X5645 CPU supervisors to the 8051 microcontroller.
2003-05-12 Using the Xicor X5165/X5325/X5645 CPU supervisors with 8051 microcontroller
This application note illustrates the connection of the CPU Supervisor to the 8051 microcontroller.
2003-05-12 Using the Xicor X5163/X5323/X5643 CPU supervisors with the 68HC11 microcontroller
This application note demonstrates how the X5163/X5323/X5643 CPU supervisors can be interfaced to the 68HC11 microcontroller.
2001-06-08 Using the Xicor X5163/X5323/X5643 CPU supervisors with the 68HC11 microcontroller
This application note demonstrates how Xicor's CPU supervisors with EEPROM can be interfaced to the 68HC11 microcontroller.
2001-10-03 Using the ST7 universal serial bus microcontroller
This application note describes an example firmware for interaction with the USB interface hardware and support interactions between a USB device and a host system.
2000-03-01 Using the SmartDMA controller with USB on the Am186CC microcontroller
This application note explains how using the SmartDMA controller with USB enhances the functionality of an Am186CC microcontroller. It also assumes that the reader is knowledgeable about the Am186CC microcontroller and USB.
2001-04-09 Using the secure microcontroller watchdog timer
This application note describes the features and use of the watchdog timer of Dallas Semiconductor's Secure Microcontroller family.
2008-08-21 Using the MIPS32 M4K processor core SRAM interface in microcontroller applications
There are several features of the MIPS32 M4K core that make it well suited for use in the MCU application space. This paper will address one of those features: the SRAM interface, which is a standard feature of the MIPS32 M4K core.
2007-02-28 Using the MAXQ3120 microcontroller's ADC in polled mode
Operating an ADC in polled mode rather than interrupt-driven mode can be preferable in applications where priority or the inherently asynchronous nature of interrupts is a concern. This application note identifies some considerations when using the MAXQ3120 microcontroller's 16-bit sigma-delta ADC in polled mode.
2001-04-09 Using the high-speed microcontroller as a bootstrap loader
This application note provides examples of how a designer can use an external Flash or NVRAM to add in-system reprogrammability to a High-Speed Microcontroller-based design.
2003-06-28 Using the DS1086 as a Microcontroller Clocler to Reduce EMI
This application discusses the procedure to interface a DS1086 with two common microcontrollers, the 8051 and PIC.
2004-12-02 Using the ATAR510 microcontroller as an LCD/LED driver
This app note describes the attachment of an LCD and LED to the ATAR510 microcontroller.
2000-08-28 Using the AT89C2051 microcontroller as a virtual machine
This application note demonstrates how to use the AT89C2051 Flash microcontroller as a virtual machine for microprocessor simulation.
1999-11-22 Using the Analog-to-Digital Converter of the 8XC552 Microcontroller
The 80C552 microcontroller has an on-chip ADC. The converter consists of an 8 input analog multiplexer, and a 10bit binary successive approximation ADC. To obtain the 10bit accuracy, it is important to pay attention to the design of the application. First, the operation of the ADC is described. Then, design and layout subjects are described that can influence the accuracy of the conversion result.
2001-04-02 Using the analog-to-digital converter of the 8XC552 microcontroller
This application note describes how to use the on-chip 10-bit ADC of Philips Semiconductors' 8XC552 microcontroller.
2000-06-08 Using Microchip 93 Series Serial EEPROMs with Microcontroller SPI Ports
This application note demonstrates how to use Microchip Technology's 93 Series Serial EEPROMs with the PIC16C64/74 microcontroller SPI (Serial Peripheral Interface) ports.
2004-11-24 Ultra-high-speed Microcontroller software SPI
This app note uses a full-featured software SPI master for ultra-high-speed microcontrollers and a simple application that makes use of it to control a Crystalfontz LCD.
2004-06-21 Ultra-high-speed microcontroller software SPI
This app note presents a full-featured software SPI master for ultra-high-speed microcontrollers and a simple application that makes use of it to control a crystalfontz LCD.
2000-08-31 Two-wire peripheral expansion for the AT89C2051 microcontroller
This application note details an extensible I/O and memory expansion framework suitable for AT89C2051 embedded systems.
2003-02-20 Toshiba microcontroller has 32KB of NAND Flash
The TMP86FM48 8-bit microcontroller from Toshiba Corp. combines the TLCS-870/C CPU core with 32KB of NAND-type Flash memory.
2002-02-05 TI RISC microcontroller draws 0.65A during standby
The MSP430 family of 16-bit RISC mixed-signal processors can switch to high-performance processing in <65s, permitting maintenance of standby mode up to 1,000 times longer than other microcontrollers.
2002-07-29 TI microcontroller draws 0.75A
The MSP430C1101 MCU from Texas Instruments Inc. is claimed by the company to be the world's lowest power MCU, drawing 1.35A during operation and 0.75A during standby mode.
2010-09-30 TI honors innovative microcontroller designs
Texas Instruments hands out DesignStellaris awards to innovative designs
2011-01-18 Third-generation platform for microcontroller development
STMicroelectronics releases the new EvoPrimer development platform for IC design
2000-09-07 The versatile Z86C08: Three key features of this Z8 microcontroller
This application note discusses the D/A conversion, zero crossing detection, and current sensing capabilities of the Z86C08 MCU's dual analog comparators.
2002-04-01 STMicro microcontroller has up to 143 GPIOs
Designed for single-chip engine control units and I/O intensive automotive application, the ST10F280 16-bit microcontroller chip features up to 143 GPIOs in eight ports, and 512KB of embedded Flash memory.
2002-03-14 STMicro microcontroller features 1.5KB of Flash
The ST7Lite0 8-bit microcontroller offers 1.5KB of Flash and operates at 2.4V to 5.5V, making it suitable for use in automotive applications.
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