Chapter 1

Microcomputer Systems


This chapter is an introduction to microcontrollers. The basic features of the microcontrollers are described briefly with some typical application areas of microcontrollers.


Microcontrollers; microprocessors; microcontroller features; microcontroller applications

1.1. Introduction

The term microcomputer is used to describe a system that includes a minimum of a microprocessor, program memory, data memory, and input–output (I/O) module. Some microcomputer systems include additional components such as timers, counters, interrupt processing modules, analog-to-digital converters, serial communication modules, USB modules, ...

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