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Re: Introduction: Fundamentals of Designing With Microcontrollers
Jon Titus   1/16/2012 6:30:39 PM
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Question: In industrial automation, do microcontrollers find use in developing smart sensors?  Are FPGAs anothoer solution for embbeded programing.....and if so how do I decide - FPGA vs microcontroller?

Answer:  Yes, MCUs fit nicely into smart-sensor applications.  They have memory for code and, if necessary, can linearize sensor outputs to convert them into units such as pounds, newtons, mm mercury, PSI, etc.  I think an FPGA would be overkill for a smart sensor.



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