Most engineers have known for years that microcontrollers are the best choice in building new digital products. Legacy TTL and CMOS functional logic devices gave way to single-chip MCUs years ago. Yet some operations are still implemented with fixed-function devices because an MCU seems like expensive overkill in certain cases. Not anymore, though. When the price for a tiny MCU comes down to pennies, it’s time to reconsider the use of fixed-function circuits. Here are some ideas to help
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