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Designing Embedded Systems with PIC Microcontrollers, 2nd Edition by Tim Wilmshurst

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CHAPTER 1. Tiny computers, hidden control
We are living in an age of information revolution, with computers of astonishing power available for our use. Computers find their way into every realm of activity. Some are developed to be as powerful as possible, without concern for price, for high-powered applications in industry and research. Others are designed for the home and office, less powerful but also less costly. Another category of computer is little recognised, partly because it is little seen. This is the type of computer that is designed into a product, in order to provide its control. This computer is hidden from view, such that the user often doesn't know it's even there. This sort of product is called an embedded system, and it ...

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