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Embedded Systems Architecture by Daniele Lacamera

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Low-end 8-bit microcontrollers

In the past, 8-bit microcontrollers have dominated the embedded market. The simplicity of their design allows us to write small applications that can accomplish a set of pre-defined tasks, but are too simple and usually equipped with way too few resources to implement an embedded system, especially since 32-bit microcontrollers have evolved to cover all the use cases for these devices within the same range of price, size, and power consumption.

8-bit microcontrollers nowadays are mostly relegated to the market of educational platform kits, aimed at introducing hobbyists and newcomers to the basics of software development on electronic devices. 8-bit platforms are not covered in this book, because they lack the ...

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