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Automated Lighting, 2nd Edition by Richard Cadena

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CHAPTER 10

Computer Architecture

We have modified the bugs in the program.—Japanese user manual.

It's no accident that the advent of automated lighting coincided with the proliferation of cheap, easy-to-use microprocessors (?Ps). Some of the earliest attempts at automation before computers were readily available were hobbled by the lack of accuracy and sophisticated control.

Early automated lights, like the Coemar Robot, used µPs like the 8-bit Zilog Z-80 that had a clock speed of no more than 1 or 2 MHz (1000 to 4000 times slower than today's µPs). The processors that are used in today's automated lighting are usually not the fastest or most powerful available, but they're sufficient for the needs of the application. The demands of a moving ...

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