Simulating your prototype, an essential part of development, is still not the ultimate thing. You have to utilize your hardware skills to finalize your design. It gives you an edge and authority to claim that your prototype actually works. The challenge is quite understandable – stuff gets pretty hectic when you try to build something in hardware. Trust me, it may look and sound hard but it gets pretty easy as you practice and learn hardware tricks and shortcuts along the way (yes, shortcuts to success). In this article, I will explain the minimum steps required to use the 8051 microcontroller practically (not simulate) in minimum time.
When it comes to applications based on microcontrollers, you can’t just stop at simulating your model and gathering results. You have to implement it practically which is quite fun if you get used to it – a truly satisfying experience when something actually works. While it’s a known fact that hardware implementation is annoying and cumbersome as compared to simulation but it’s totally worth it. After all, we are engineers and getting your hands dirty in practical stuff always pays off. Before this discussion gets philosophical, let’s handle a simple practical task of how to load your code into the microcontroller.
8051 is a popular microcontroller, specially among students as it’s easy to learn and grasp. Since its arrival, we’ve seen it in many different shapes and forms. In fact most of the manufacturing companies have developed their own version of the 8051 architecture thus you’ll find many different models of the same microcontroller in market. They’re generally known as variants of the 8051 microcontroller.