mi·​cro·​con·​trol·​ler | \ ˈmī-krō-kən-ˌtrō-lər How to pronounce microcontroller (audio) \
plural microcontrollers

Definition of microcontroller

: an integrated circuit that contains a microprocessor along with memory and associated circuits and that controls some or all of the functions of an electronic device (such as a home appliance) or system

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Recent Examples on the Web The performance core also integrates a new microcontroller that can examine the needs of applications in a microsecond, even faster than a millisecond. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 19 Aug. 2021 Roughly 80% of Infineon’s microcontroller business is supplied by foundries, the white label producers in Asia. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 4 May 2021 One Taiwanese company, TSMC, produces 70 percent of the global auto industry’s supply of a key type of chip called a microcontroller, according to research firm IHS Markit. Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2021 To shut down production lines for $80,000 vehicles because of a missing $2 microcontroller is catastrophic. WSJ, 21 Feb. 2021 First, the researchers use an algorithm to explore possible neural network architectures, looking for one that fits the computational constraints of the microcontroller. Will Knight, Wired, 13 Dec. 2020 The library is designed in concert with the network architecture, to eliminate redundancy and account for the lack of memory on a microcontroller. Will Knight, Wired, 13 Dec. 2020 Code Rocket comes with a small, green microcontroller in the shape of a rocket that connects to a computer via a USB port. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Nov. 2020 In 2005, his group was the first to show off a small microcontroller powered by radio waves beamed over a considerable distance. Christopher Mims, WSJ, 3 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of microcontroller

1971, in the meaning defined above

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“Microcontroller.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microcontroller. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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