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Consumer Electronics by S. P. Bali

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CHAPTER 48

MICROPROCESSORS, MICROCOMPUTERS AND MICROCONTROLLERS

The microprocessor and the microcomputer have revolutionised the electronics industry and have had a remarkable impact on many aspects of our lives. The development of extremely high density ICs has sharply reduced the size and cost of microcomputers.

Computers have been in general use since the 1950s. Formerly, digital computers were large expensive machnies used by governments or large buisnesses. The size and shape of the digital computer have drastically changed in the past decades as a result of a device called microprocessor μ. The microprocessor is an IC that contains much of the processing capabilities of a larger computer. The microprocessing unit (MPU) is a small but ...

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