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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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2002-12-02 SoC-based configurable systems replace the microcontroller
As many products are being re-designed using SOC devices, it is a must for engineers to take into account many considerations to determine whether their products warrant testing the waters with an SoC device.
2006-06-28 SMBus battery charger needs no microcontroller
Linear Tech introduced the LTC4101, a fast, precision smart battery charger controller that operates with or without a host microcontroller.
2009-05-14 Smartcard interface with the STM8S microcontroller
This document describes a firmware and hardware smart card interface solution based on the STM8 UART1 peripheral. The main purpose of this firmware and hardware package is to provide resources that facilitate the development of an application using the UART1 peripheral in smart card mode.
2003-12-10 Setting high hopes for China's microcontroller industry
Zhou expects to build his design house into a strong international player in the MCU application system development market. He hopes to achieve this through collaboration with foreign companies, mutual licensing of IPs and financing on large scale investment.
2001-10-09 Security/Fire system demo software and evaluation board for M16C microcontroller
This application note discusses the use of different security features and sensors with the M16C microcontroller and gives suggested ways of integrating them into a system. A demo board is presented to provide an idea of how the M16C can be used in security/fire systems.
1999-10-28 SanDisk CompactFlash & Motorola 8bit microcontroller interface design reference example
The choices and modes for accessing and configuring the SanDisk CompactFlash cards are described in this note.
2009-07-06 RSA key generation using the MAXQ1103 microcontroller
This application note demonstrates the generation of RSA key-pair sets using the MAXQ1103 secure RISC microcontroller.
2002-12-19 Protecting microcontroller systems against power-supply imperfections
This application note describes methods for protecting microcontroller systems against unstable supply voltages.
2000-05-03 Power Supply Concept for the C515C 8-bit Microcontroller
The application note introduces a power supply concept for the C515C and deals with the enhanced feature of this controller to switch off the Address Latch Enable (ALE) output signal during accesses to internal ROM.
2005-06-17 PIC16F639 microcontroller overview
This app note discusses PIC16F639 microcontroller suitable for bidirectional communications, remote passive keyless entry and low-frequency sensing applications
2005-06-08 PIC'ing the MAX5581: Interfacing a PIC microcontroller with the MAX5581 fast-settling DAC
This app note shows how to use a PIC microcontroller with the MAX5581 DAC.
2008-12-19 PIC microcontroller horn driver
This application note provides a description for driving a horn using the peripheral circuitry that is incorporated within a PIC MCU with only a few, low-cost external circuit elements.
2004-06-18 Philips LPC210x microcontroller family
This app note demonstrates how to use the LPC210x secondary JTAG interface while debugging the user application.
2004-06-18 Philips LPC210x microcontroller family
This app note provides code samples in C and assembly, which will help the end user use the in-application programming technique for programming the on-chip Flash.
2004-11-25 Philips LPC210x microcontroller family
This app note demonstrates how to use the LPC210x secondary JTAG interface, while debugging the user application.
2004-06-18 Philips LPC210x microcontroller family
This app note shows how an interrupt could be handled in the ARM architecture.
2001-08-28 PCI?8051-microcontroller interface
This application note explains the interface between the PCI bus and the 8051 microcontroller using the QuickLogic QL5130 ESP.
2002-11-08 P8xC591 microcontroller in CAN applications
This application note provides information how to use the P8xC591, a low-cost, 80C51-compliant 8-bit microcontroller, in controller area network (CAN) applications.
2003-01-24 NEC microcontroller obtains high EEMBC approval
NEC Electronics America Inc.'s V850ES/SA2 microcontroller has received high scores for performance in automotive/industrial benchmark tests conducted by the EEMBC.
2002-08-15 National switch regulators fit FPGA, microcontroller apps
The LM2727 and LM2737 synchronous switching regulator controllers operate from a 5V to 16V input and regulates down to as low as 0.6V, enabling them to be used in FPGAs, microcontrollers, and DSP cores.
2010-04-09 MSP430 microcontroller software for handheld fuel gauges and battery authentication products
This application note provides a set of software drivers for interfacing the one and two-cell battery management devices with the TI MSP430 ultralow-power microcontroller.
2009-05-25 Modulo exponentiation timing with the DS5250 microcontroller
This application note describes how modulo exponentiation is done on the DS5250 high-speed, secure microcontroller. It lists typical times to run various expressions, and describes the code flow to obtain the timings.
2002-06-20 Mitsubishi video processor integrates microcontroller
The Dreama 2 digital video processor from Mitsubishi Electric Corp. digitizes and processes video, chroma, and deflection while integrating a microcontroller in an 80-pin QFP.
2008-05-27 Microcontroller-based serial port interface (SPI) boot circuit
This application note by Alfredo Barriga for Analog Devices describes the operation of a general-purpose, MCU-based serial port interface (SPI) boot circuit.
2011-04-13 Microcontroller targets low-cost analog front ends
Texas Instruments Inc. introduces the MSP430AFE2xx series of metrology AFE ultra-low-power 16bit microcontrollers.
2002-09-17 Microcontroller market seen for growth thru 2006
Worldwide microcontroller shipments will experience an 11.32 percent CAGR from 2001 to 2006, according to In-Stat/MDR.
2005-05-30 Microcontroller evaluation board includes development tools
Cyan Technology's new, low cost MCU evaluation board comes complete with the company's patented CyanIDE Integrated Development Environment.
2010-09-24 Microcontroller delivers 'highest performance' for ARM Cortex-M3
NXP debuts new ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller
2004-06-21 Microcontroller clock - RC oscillator, crystal or resonator?
This app note discusses various factors associated with microcontroller clock selection and compares these oscillator types.
2013-09-17 Microcontroller boasts 512Kb flash memory, 32Kb SRAM
The TMPM384FDFG integrates a large capacity on-chip memory, additional multipurpose timer channels and AD converters, and enhanced I/O ports.
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