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Consumer Electronics by S. P. Bali

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SINGLE-CHIP CONTROLLERS

Most of us are familiar with general-purpose microcomputers such as the IBM PC and its clones and the Apple Macintosh, which are used in more than half of our homes and in almost all of our businesses. These microcomputers can perform a wide variety of tasks in a wide range of applications depending on the software (programs) they are running. There is a more specialised type of microcomputer call a microcontroller which is not a general-purpose computer. Rather, it is designed to be used as a dedicated or embedded controller which helps monitor and control the operation of a machine, a piece of equipment, or a process. Microcontrollers are microcomputers because they use a microprocessor chip as the CPU, but they are ...

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