Universal Microcomputer for Individual Sensors.
Patent, Filed 9 Jun 83, patented 31 Dec 85,
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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This invention is an apparatus and method created around a specialized microcomputer attachable to and addressable to each thermister in an array of thermisters used to measure temperature in the sea. The invention provides a number of options so that the same model of microcomputer can be adapted to several different modes of operation and used to monitor a variety of other sensors that have electrical resistance, voltage or current as outputs. Alternate modes of operation for resistive sensors are presented where a number that fixes the measurement as a fraction of the dynamic range of the variable being measured is determined. The system includes the circuits and memory needed to adapt it to any of a variety of sensors measuring physical quantities. The microcomputer contains a counter that can be incremented at several rates, a voltage comparator which can be used to interrupt the counter at a number that represents the measurement, inputoutput buffers for connections with a remote master control unit whereby command instructions and data can be relayed to and from the microcomputer, and a voltage reference source.
- Computer Systems
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods