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This page features some articles we've published over the years. You will need Adobe Acrobat reader installed on your system to view some of these documents. If you do not have Acrobat reader, you can obtain a free copy of the latest version from Adobe's web site here.


Developing Embedded Systems - A Tools Introduction

Article gives a short explanation of the different tools involved in the microcontroller development cycle, with a particular focus on the different emulator types and their advantages and disadvantages. 

The Evolution of FLASH Microcontrollers: FLASH Is Not Equal FLASH

This article takes a closer look at the significantly different microcontroller FLASH implementations on the market to highlight some points you may want to consider when choosing your next FLASH micro.

Synchronous Microcontroller Communication Interfaces: SPI and Microwire versus I2C

Part 1 in a series about MicroController Communication Interfaces. Compares the similar SPI and Microwire interfaces with I2C. Gives basic overview of the three interfaces and covers their advantages and disadvantages.

Synchronous Microcontroller Communication Interfaces: SPI, Microwire and I2C Protocol Formats

Part 2 in a series about MicroController Communication Interfaces. Covers the SPI, Mircowire and I2C Protocol formats in detail.

Asynchronous Interfaces Overview: UART and LIN Bus

Part 3 in a series about MicroController Communication Interfaces. Provides an overview of asynchronous communication interfaces with a detailed look at UART and LIN bus interfaces.

8-bit Microcontroller with Integrated Programmable Gain Amplifier in 10-bit A/D Signal Path (PDF file 420kB)

Paper written and presented at the DesigCon2001 Design Conference in San Jose, California

Low Cost, High-Resolution A/D Conversion with an 8-bit Microcontroller (PDF file 91kB)

Paper written and presented at the Micro98 Conference, Milan, Italy

2-Way Multiplexed LCD Drive and Low Cost A/D Converter ( PDF file 575kB)

Application Note written for National Semiconductor. This link takes you to National Semiconductor's web site to view/download the document

MF2 Compatible Keyboard (PDF file 464kB)

Application Note written for National Semiconductor. This link takes you to National Semiconductor's web site to view/download the document.


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