The patent's assignee is Atmel Nantes S.a.s.
News editors obtained the following quote 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."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "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.
DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS
"FIG. 1 is an example of a microcontroller showing the relative placement of several components.
"FIG. 2 is an example timing diagram of system functionality.
"FIG. 3 is an example system showing connections between components.
"FIG. 4 is an example timing diagram of signals and functionality.
"FIG. 5 is an example flowchart showing a control method.
"Like reference symbols in the various drawings indicate like elements."
For additional information on this patent application, see: Jouin, Sebastien; Oddoart, Romain; Le Dily, Mickael; Poidevin, Jerome. Preventing Interference between Microcontroller Components. Filed
Keywords for this news article include: Electronics, Microcontroller, Atmel Nantes S.a.s..
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