Introduction to the STMicroelectronics Line of Microcontrollers

This chapter provides you with an introduction to the very comprehensive STMicroelectronics (STM) line of microcontrollers (MCUs). I will be focusing only on several specific controllers throughout the book, but that should provide you with an adequate representation of the functions and capabilities of the full line of STM MCUs.

Microcomputer vs Microcontroller

I believe at the start of this book that it must make very clear the differences between a microcomputer and a MCU. The reason for this distinction is very simple: STM is a company that designs and manufacturers MCUs, not microcomputers. I think my following definition of a MCU is as good as any that I have read:

A microcontroller ...

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