Patent number 8629796 is assigned to
The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Designers of microcontroller chips face a variety of challenges. Several of these challenges include chip layout, size, power, and interference. Minimizing chip size can improve production yield but requires components to be placed closer together. When components are placed near one another, one of the components can cause interference with other components. In addition, chip designers generally prefer to minimize power consumption of chips."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "A microcontroller includes first and second modules. The first module can operate in a mode that causes interference with operation of the second module. A control circuit on the first module and a control circuit on the second module coordinate operation of the first and second modules to prevent the interference from causing the second module to function incorrectly.
"Particular implementations can provide one or more of the following advantages: 1) the first and second modules do not cause interference with each other; 2) designers can locate the first and second modules more closely together than would have otherwise been practical in some conventional systems; 3) the microcontroller can save power by operating the modules in lower power modes; and 4) designers can use components that cause more interference, e.g., a more power-efficient component that causes more interference.
"The details of one or more embodiments of the invention are set forth in the accompanying drawings and the description below. Other features, objects, and advantages of the invention will be apparent from the description and drawings, and from the claims."
URL and more information on this patent, see: Jouin, Sebastien; Oddoart, Romain; Le Dily, Mickael; Poidevin, Jerome. Preventing Interference between Microcontroller Components. U.S. Patent Number 8629796, filed
Keywords for this news article include: Electronics, Microcontroller,
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