Advanced software concepts for employing microcomputers in the laboratory


While a proliferation of commercial chemical instrumentation is appearing today employing microprocessors for a variety of control and data reduction applications, the great potential of microprocessors has not been exploited extensively for individual custom applications. The primary reason for this phenomenon is altogether too clear microprocessor software is either difficult to develop or inefficient in memory requirements and speed. This problem is even more important in situations requiring constant software modification. Initially, most instrument manufacturers utilized cross assemblers supported on large "number cruncher" computers to generate the required machine code binary program. More recently, the trend has been toward the use of a "developmental system" (at a cost comparable to a moderate minicomputerthe authors use the term "mini" in contrast to "micro" reluctantly because of the ever increasing overlap in computing capability) to write and debug assembly level porgrams which are subsequently converted to binary and incorporated into an instrument in the form of "read only memory" (ROM). While this approach

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@article{Tilden1979AdvancedSC, title={Advanced software concepts for employing microcomputers in the laboratory}, author={Scott Tilden and M. Bonner Denton}, journal={The Journal of Automatic Chemistry}, year={1979}, volume={1}, pages={128 - 134} }