This section focuses developing an understanding of the concepts that make up much of today’s micro-controller technology

1.1 Do EACH of the following and submit to your instructor:
  • Identify and describe the micro-controller’s three primary components
  • Identify and describe the roll of Architecture in a micro-controllers function
  • Identify and describe the differences between 4, 8, 16, 32 and 64 Bit computing. Include instances where each computing type would be necessary
  • Identify and describe FIVE different IC package types micro-controllers typically use
  • Compare and contrast 5 different micro-controller platforms
  • Identify and describe the use of a Development Board

1.2 Do EACH of the following and submit to your instructor:
  • Identify and describe where the operating specifications of a micro-controller could be found
  • Identify and describe the standard operating voltages for a micro-controller
  • Identify and describe the effect of operating voltage on clock speed
  • Identify and describe the use of an external clock signal
  • Identify and describe the difference between a resonator and a crystal
  • Identify and describe the role of a watchdog timer

This guide was first published on Nov 13, 2013. It was last updated on Nov 13, 2013.

This page (Section 1: Microcontroller concepts) was last updated on Mar 11, 2021.

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