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Making the Most of Your Microcontroller

Joey Castillo

June 24, 2023 1:00-1:55 PM

Location: FMH Room 230

We’ve all been there: you have a great idea for a project, so you choose a microcontroller and start connecting chips and peripherals, like hanging ornaments on a Christmas tree. Then it comes time to make it into a product and you find that the BOM costs are too high, the power budget is inadequate, some parts are out of stock, or there simply isn’t enough room on your board for all the functionality you want. In this talk, we’ll look at ways to make the most of the peripherals already inside your microcontroller, which in many cases can do the things you need without the overhead of interfacing with an external chip. We’ll also talk about selecting the right microcontroller for the job, casting a wide net to find chips that can do everything you need so you can keep your design simple, streamlined, and ready for production.