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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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2000-09-07 Z8602/14/15/C15/E23 microcontrollers control a 101/102 PC keyboard
This application note depicts a typical method of interfacing a standard keyboard to a PC XT/AT by using the Z8602/14/15/C15/E23 MCUs.
2003-04-30 X5043/X5045 System Supervisors Manage 8051 type microcontrollers
This application note presents a code that demonstrates how the X5043 and X5045 system supervisors can be interfaced into and manage 8051 microcontrollers.
2007-11-16 What's next in microcontrollers?
MCUs have come a long way in terms of their applications, processing capability, architectures and fusion with other semiconductor products. So what are some of its future challenges and what is next in MCUs? This article explores the challenges and opportunities ahead.
2008-10-24 V850E/IF3, V850E/IG3 32bit single-chip microcontrollers
This application note explains a case where the V850E/IG3 is used as a representative microcontroller.
2008-12-02 V850 32bit single-chip microcontrollersClock/standby functionality
The purpose of this application note is to help users to understand the functionality of the clock generator of V850E/V850ES and the benefits of standby modes in principal.
2008-12-01 V850 32bit single-chip microcontrollersClock monitors
This application note is intended for users who understand the functions of the V850 and will use this product to design application systems.
2004-11-23 Using timers in the MAXQ family of microcontrollers
This app note describes how to set up and use the Type 2 timers in the MAXQ family of microcontrollers for different applications.
2009-05-06 Using the Mini-FlexBus external bus interface for ColdFire microcontrollers
This application note describes how to set up and use the Mini-FlexBus on the MCF5225x and shows some implementation examples.
2005-06-07 Using the Free SDCC C compiler to develop firmware for the DS89C420/430/440/450 family of microcontrollers
This app note demonstrates how to use the SDCC to develop firmware for the DS89C420/430/440/450 family of ultra-high-speed 8051-compatible microcontrollers.
2000-05-31 Using PIC16C5X Microcontrollers as LCD Drivers
This application note describes an LCD controller implementation using a PIC16C55 microcontroller. This technique offers display capabilities for applications that require a small display at a low cost together with the capabilities of the standard PIC16C55 microcontroller.
2008-06-30 Using microcontrollers in digital signal processing applications
This application note from Silicon Laboratories discusses the implementation of three DSP solutions on the C8051F12x and C8051F36x family of MCUs: FIR filters; Goertzel Algorithm used for DTMF decoding; FFT algorithm.
2009-09-11 Using C18/HI-TECH C compiler to interface serial SRAM devices to PIC16F/PIC18F microcontrollers
This application note offers designers a set of firmware routines to access SPI serial SRAM.
2004-11-30 TV chassis hardware design rules for ST92X195 microcontrollers
This app note presents different rules required to obtain the optimum performance from any of the ST92x195 microcontroller devices when designing a TV chassis.
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.
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.
2002-10-07 STMicro microcontrollers obtain EAL4+ security certification
STMicroelectronics has announced that four of its ST19 microcontrollers have received security certifications to Common Criteria level EAL4+.
2003-04-01 STMicro 8-bit microcontrollers feature expanded memory
The company has expanded the memory capacities of its ?PSD3200 family of 8-bit Flash 8051-based microcontrollers.
2008-02-01 Steer the wheels with microcontrollers
A wide range of different car types is equipped with an electromechanical power steering system. But what kind of functionality is involved in implementing electronic power-assisted steering systems?
2004-12-15 SPI communications between serial EEPROMs and PICmicro microcontrollers
This app note describes SPI communications between serial EEPROMs and PICmicro microcontrollers.
2005-06-16 Piecewise linear interpolation on PIC12/14/16 series microcontrollers
This app note will explore a simple Piecewise linear interpolation technique that is often employed to linearize a sensor's output.
2014-01-22 NXP releases LPC11U6x USB microcontrollers
The LPC11U6x USB microcontrollers from NXP Semiconductors builds on the company's LPC11Uxx portfolio with a range of enhanced features, including a more energy-efficient ARM Cortex-M0+ processor, more flash and SRAM, more serial communications, a new 2-Msps ADC, and more versatile timers.
2004-11-24 Networked microcontrollers: IPv4 address configuration
This app note presents an overview of the different IPv4 address configuration mechanisms supported by the TINI network stack: static address, DHCP, link-local IP, and RARP.
2002-01-15 NEC microcontrollers incorporate on-chip carrier generator
The 5PD789088 sub-series 8-bit single-chip microcontrollers come with an on-chip carrier generator.
2004-12-02 Migrating from RS-232 to USB bridge specification (USB microcontrollers)
This app note describes how to migrate from a RS-232 to the USB into the firmware using the Atmel USB RS232 virtual com port library.
2010-10-27 Microcontrollers with on-chip flash target home appliances, metering
ST adds new low-cost microcontrollers with more flash
2007-05-10 Microcontrollers trim part count in automated metering apps
TI has announced the sampling of its 16MHz MSP430F47x4 ultralow-power microcontrollers (MCUs) for one- and multiphase metering applications.
2004-12-01 Microcontrollers growing up
Driven by demanding and complex applications, MCUs have grown up, providing enough horsepower and built-in peripherals to be self-contained systems in their own right.
2011-05-03 Microcontrollers enable ASIL D approved safety applications
Infineon has introduced the Signature Watchdog CIC61508, a safety watchdog that can be integrated into safety relevant applications of automotive products.
2008-07-01 Microcontrollers embrace USBs
Living up to its name, the USB is supplanting the RS-232 bus as the standard serial interface in general-purpose MCUs. The capability of integrated USB is also increasing as more devices incorporate both host and On-the-Go (OTG) capability to augment the endpoint-device interfaces of earlier MCUs. Recent product introductions show that the USB is making inroads into more specialized devices as well, targeting applications such as automotive, industrial and ultralow-power consumer products.
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