Microprocessors and their Applications-Outline of the Book

  • S. G. Tzafestas
Part of the International Series on Microprocessor-Based Systems Engineering book series (ISCA, volume 1)


Microprocessors have already been recognized to be important tools for the electronic and system designer [1–9]. Microprocessor-based computing systems have shown a great influence on signal processing and control, similar to that of large-scale digital computers in the decade of sixties. Their sucess is mainly due to the cost reduction and design flexibility increase they offer. After the introduction of the PDP-5 (1963) and PDP-8 (1965) minicomputers a steady reduction rate in the cost of signal-processing and computer-control has occured, (about 30 per cent per year) owing primarily to the improvements of semiconductor IC technology. The transition from PDP-8 (which is programmable mainly in machine and assembly language) to VAX-11 (a high-level language machine) needed 15 years, whereas analogous progress in microprocessors was made in less than half that time. The microcomputer offers a unique compactness and modularity in instrumentation, signal processing, and control, which makes now possible many new applications, that previously needed much more expensive dedicated computers.


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© D. Riedel Publishing Company 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. G. Tzafestas
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  1. 1.Control Systems LaboratoryUniversity of PatrasPatrasGreece

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