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Microcontrollers

Microcontrollers are everywhere, from children’s toys and your TV remote control to your motorcar and implantable medical devices. There is no escaping the wide variety of microcontrollers out there and the myriad of applications they can inhabit and the effects that they have on our lives.

A Microcontroller is a self-contained system, containing a processor, memory and peripherals and is designed to provide real-time responses to the embedded system that they are controlling.

8-bit. 16-bit, 32-bit, flash memory, Ram size, input and output lines, supply voltage and speed, microcontrollers come in many shapes and sizes and with differing abilities, what one will you use in your latest design project?

 

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  • ajayrajan69

    6 days ago

    Article was really helpful :)
  • gjames747

    3 months ago

    Wow, excellent article! I love learning about up-and-coming gadgets with Silicon Labs leading the field in their product design.
  • tarloth

    9 months ago

    I think that this post it's few years late and a bit tendentious to SiliconLabs. I used 25 years ago 8031 family and later 8051 from SiliconLabs. It works great and fast and reliable. When I decide ten...
  • promilus

    9 months ago

    32bit ARM devices can use 16bit THUMB ISA which generates compact code and still greatly outpaces 8bit MCUs. Nowadays MCUs operates with at least 16bit variables (for let's say rgb led control, pwm levels,...
  • olivierg

    9 months ago

    Nice article but possibly misleading on the edge. The point about code size is pretty much application dependent. It is true that pure I/O toggling is much easier and more compact on an 8-bit architecture...
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