1) ABOUT THIS FAQ
From time to time, general questions about microcontrollers and
embedded processors (from beginners to experienced designers) pop up
in the newsgroups. It seemed that a general primer/FAQ might be
Much of this document could be considered as a sort of a primer on
microcontrollers, with some material on embedded processors being
slowly added. For those of you with previous experience, sections 9
and 10 might be of special interest (especially for those of you
looking for that elusive "free COBOL compiler for the 1802").
I please ask that if you have any suggestions or additions, or you
would like to correct any of the information contained herein, please
send me a note.
My Email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Thanks to recent contributors to this document:
Jack Quinn (Micrologic Research)
Integrated Circuit Engineering Corporation
Dave Baldwin (The Computer Journal)
Daniel Ginensky (Telrad Telecommunications, Israel)
Yigal Hochberg (DMH Software)
Christer Johansson (High Tech Horizon)
Very special thanks to Robin L. Getz (National Semiconductor) who
probably could be considered an honorary co-author of this FAQ. :-)
Also, thanks to those who have posted questions and to those who have
posted answers. Thanks to "my new friends" who send suggestions and
encouragement, as well as the occasional question. Special thanks to
my mother-in-law, who thankfully will probably never read this
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continue to spend, a lot of time on this.
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