American Association of Physics Teachers Summer 2013
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Microcontrollers are very interesting devices that enable one to build dedicated instrumentation to help complete some experimental task. There are many different types of microcontrollers: Atmel (on which the Arduino is based), Cypress, Freescale, Microchip, Parallax Propeller, and Texas Instruments to name a few. However, even though there is a great diversity of microcontroller, at AAPT there seems to be a monoculture of microcontroller based upon the Arduino. We present a very different type of device, the Programmable System on a Chip. This type of device has distinct advantages for physics instrumentation, some of which we will present.
Mark Masters, Jacob Millspaw, and Aaron Magner (2013).
Using the Programmable System on a Chip (PSoC) in the Physics Laboratory. http://aapt.org/AbstractSearch/index.cfm?MID=SM13. AAPT.Presented at American Association of Physics Teachers Summer 2013, Portland OR.