Chapter 1

Microcomputer Systems

Introduction

A cookbook is not usually meant to be read from end to end. The reader knows what effect he or she wishes to achieve, and just browses the recipes of direct interest. So it is intended with this book. I have tried to cover all the aspects of using two of the most common and popular microcontrollers. Both of these can now be considered to be mature and well-established products which have their individual adherents and devotees. There are a lot of variants within each family to satisfy most memory/input-output/data conversion/timing needs of the users. I have taken the embedded controller market as my target, and used as many examples of hardware and software design as I thought relevant and appropriate ...

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