beaglebone black adc

Beaglebone Black ADC: Reading Analog Voltages

One of the most important things your microcontroller can do is read analog voltages. It is important particularly in interfacing with sensors where most throw varying voltage levels that represent varying physical quantities (temperature, pressure, etc.). Microcontrollers, including the Beaglebone Black, have analog to digital converters to do this. Here …

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microcontroller serial communication

Serial Communication with Microcontrollers

When working on projects, there'll be lots of times when your microcontroller needs serial communication to talk to other devices or other micros. The most common example of this is adding IoT capabilities to your Arduino board or PIC using ESP8266 or GSM module.  A number of sensors and LCD …

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beaglebone black blink LED

Beaglebone Black Blink LED using C++

The first thing I did when I had my Beaglebone Black (BBB) was toy with it using C++. The "hello world" of embedded programming is LED blinking so that's what I did. Note that the BBB has user-accessible on-board LEDs and controlling them is very similar to the method outlined here. …

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PIC16F877A

Using PIC Timer with PIC16F84A

In this tutorial, I will discuss how to use the PIC16F84A microcontroller timer module for a variety of applications including turning a LED on and off without the use of a software delay subroutine.

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programming the stm32f1 discovery

Programming the STM32F1 Discovery

So I got this STM32F1 discovery board about a year ago but I haven't had the time to play with it. There are a number of reasons why I purchased it: 1) I wanted to start studying ARM devices on my way to getting a certification 2) A device that has …

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PIC16F84A

PIC Interrupt with PIC16F84A

So far we have discussed how to code microcontrollers sequentially, i.e., the device performs the code from top to bottom and may branch out to labels (via goto) or subroutines (via call). Now we'll be looking at PIC interrupt.

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PIC16F84A

The PIC16F84A - A Beginners Microcontroller

We'll start with the PIC16F84A - a.k.a the beginners microcontroller. This MCU from Microchip has been around since 1998 and is the successor to the very first serially programmable PIC, the PIC16C84. The PIC16F84A is often the starting point for learning PIC microcontrollers because it only has 35 assembly language instructions and it …

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PIC Assembly Language

An Introduction to PIC Assembly Language Programming

Most people have nightmares about PIC assembly language programming while some would say it's a waste of time. I've experienced this both so I agree. PICs can be programmed much easier using high-level languages like C and Basic. However, learning to code in assembly helps you learn more about the …

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