8051 is still alive!

SO I bought "So You Wanna Be an Embedded Engineer: The Guide to Embedded Engineering, From Consultancy to the Corporate Ladder" ( amazon.com link ) by Lewin Edwards and it arrived over the weekend. Last night I sat down with it and got a decent way in.

Chapter 2 of the book talks about different 8-bit microprocessors/microcontrollers including the 8051 microcontroller. The 8051 is "the worlds best selling microprocessor core..", and can be found in almost anything that uses a smaller application specific embedded system such as VCRs, Car cruise control, microwaves, etc. These systems don't require the pure number crunching power of 16- or 32-bit processors.

For a number of years I have been interested in 80c51s since I found a number of them in an old lab at Clarkson (which I still have). I thought I would share some links to info about the 8051...so enjoy.

Tools and stuff...
http://keil.com/c51/

More...
http://www.pjrc.com/tech/8051/

History, arch, links, etc, etc...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/8051

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