Arduino’s Analog Functions: How to Use Them in Your Next Design

By Lee Goldberg, Electronic Products 2/1/2012 Whether you are an embedded design pro or a newbie hacker, you will appreciate how the Arduino open-hardware platform’s analog input and output channels make it easy for your projects to reach out and touch the “real world”. The compact modules provide easy access to the MCU’s multi-channel inputs, which can be used to …

Latest Micro Dev Kits Make For Too Many Toys, Too Little Time

Intel’s original 8-bit 8008 came in an 18-pin dual inline package (DIP), and it was the hot tech item when I was an electrical engineering student back at Georgia Tech. It only had a 14-bit address bus and would have gone nicely with the SRAM and EPROMs that I had on hand. The 8008 was made available to students …

A standard peripherals approach to adding flexibility to 32-bit MCU designs

Today’s 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) designs integrate a wide variety of standard peripherals, such as analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), digital-to-analog converters (DACs), universal synchronous/asynchronous transmitters (USARTs) and timers. While this peripheral integration is intended to address a wide range of general-purpose applications, embedded developers commonly consider these on-chip peripherals to be “check box” items, and the implementation of this peripheral integration …