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THE MICROCONTROLLER IDEA BOOK: Circuits, Programs, & Applications featuring the 8052-BASIC Microcontroller (Jan Axelson Series)

Author(s) Jan Axelson
Year of Publication 2006
Edition First
Pages 278
Cover Type Soft Cover
Size 7.25" x 9.25"
ISBN-13 978-81-87972-08-2

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About the Book

About The Book

The Microcontroller Idea Book is a hands-on guide that presents practical designs for use in data loggers, controllers, and other small-computer applications. Microcontrollers, or single-chip computers, are ideal for projects that require computer intelligence but don't need the disk drives, keyboard, and full-screen display of a desktop computer


Example circuits and programs in the book are based on the popular 8052-BASIC microcontroller, whose on-chip BASIC programming language makes it easy to write, run, and test your programs. With over 100 commands, instructions, and operators, the BASIC-52 interpreter can do much more than other single-chip BASICs. Its abilities include floating-point math, string handling, and special commands for storing programs in EPROM, EEPROM, or battery-backed RAM.

You can use any computer with a serial port as a host system for writing, uploading, running, debugging, and storing programs as you develop a project. When project development is complete, you can disconnect the host computer, and the 8052-BASIC will run your program automatically on boot-up. You can also use an 8052-BASIC circuit as a development system for uploading and debugging assembled or compiled programs. As a member of the 8051 microcontroller family, the 8052-BASIC uses a standard, popular architecture.



  1. Microcontroller Basics: What is a Microcontroller?, A Little History, New Tools, Project Steps.

  2. Inside The 8052-BASIC: Possibilities, Limits, What You Need, The 8051 Family, Elements of the 8052 and 8052-BASIC.

  3. Powering Up: About the Circuit, Circuit Construction, Powering Up, Basic tests, Simple Programs to Try, Exiting Programs. SAVING PROGRAMS: Nonvolatile Memory Options, Adding NVRAM or EEPROM, Using the Programming Commands, Adding Bootup Options, Erasing NV Memory, Adding more NVRAM or EEPROM, Adding EPROM, EPROM-programming Circuits, Power Supplies for Programming, Storing Programs on Disk.

  4. Programming: Programming Basics, BASIC-52 Bugs and Things to Watch Out For, Finding Program Errors, BASIC-52. Keywords by Function, Quick Reference to BASIC-52.

  5. Inputs and Outputs: The Memory Map. Uses for I/O Ports, Adding Ports, The 8255 Programmable Peripheral Interface. Switches and Keypads: Simple Switches, Adding a Keypad.

  6. Displays: Using LEDs, 7-segment Displays. Displaying Messages, Inside the Display Controller, Mounting Displays in an Enclosure.

  7. Using Sensors to Detect and Measure: Sensor Basics, Choosing Sensors, On/off Sensors, Analog Sensors, Sensor Examples, Level Translating, Choosing a Converter.

  8. Clocks and Calendars: BASIC-52s Real-time Clock, A Watchdog Timekeeper.

  9. Control Circuits: Switching Power to a Load, Controlling a Switch Matrix, Op Amp with Programmable Gain, Controlling a Stepper Motor, Speed Control of a Continuous DC Motor.

  10. Wireless Links: Infrared Links, Increasing the Distance, Radio Links.

  11. Calling Assembly-language Routines: Assembly-language Basics, What You Need, Loading a Routine, File Formats for Assembly-language Routines, Assembling a Program, Uploading a Program, Example: Creating a Sine Wave, Avoiding Program Crashes, Interrupts, Adding Custom Commands and Instructions. A General-purpose EPROM Programmer.

  12. Running BASIC-52 from External Memory: Reasons, Copying BASIC-52, System Requirements, Storing BASIC-52 Programs.

  13. Related Products: Enhanced BASIC-52, BASIC compilers, Programming Environments, PC Boards, BASIC-52 Source Code.


  1. Sources: Books, BBSs, Product Vendors. 
  2. Programs for Loading Files.Number Systems: About Number Systems, Kilobytes and Megabytes.
About the Author

About the author

Jan Axelson has written dozens of articles for technical publications including Embedded Systems Programming, EDN, and Circuit Cellar. She is the author of USB Complete, Serial Port Complete, and Parallel Port Complete. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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