ESP32 – quick overview

The ESP32 is a low cost, low power microcontroller with integrated 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi (up to 150Mbps) and dual-mode Bluetooth (classic and BLE), which employs a dual-core Tensilica Xtensa LX6 microprocessor. ESP32 is created and developed by Espressif Systems, a Shanghai-based Chinese company, and is manufactured by TSMC using their 40 nm process. It is … Read more

Microcontrollers and pull-up / pull-down resistors

In case of GPIOs of microcontrollers, a pull-up resistor is a resistor connected between a signal conductor and a positive power supply voltage while a pull-down resistor is a resistor connected between a signal conductor and a ground. They are used on inputs to prevent floating lines, rapidly switching between high and low and a middle … Read more

What is Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) ?

Serial peripheral interface (SPI) is a hardware/software communication protocol originally developed by Motorola and widely used by others in the industry. SPI is quite straightforward – it defines how to communicate in easy way between 2 digital devices – i.e. between AVR and devices, like other AVRs, external EEPROMs, DACs, ADCs, etc. SPI is a single-master … Read more

AVR MCU Architecture

The AVR architecture is a huge topic in itself. I will just provide a general picture of how the AVR microcontroller works. The AVR uses a Harvard architecture thus it has separate memories and buses for program and data. Instructions in the program memory are executed with a single level pipelining. While one instruction is … Read more

What is an AVR Microcontroller ?

The AVR is a modified Harvard architecture 8-bit RISC single-chip microcontroller. The AVR was developed by Atmel in 1996 and was one of the first microcontroller families to use on-chip flash memory for program storage. The AVR microcontoller is like a small computer – includes a CPU, some flash program memory, some SRAM and some … Read more