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Subject: Re: needing programable timer with long delay capabilites

Date: 06/12/02 at 3:54 PM
Posted by: Tamer Temel
E-mail: tamer@xed.co.uk
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In Reply to: Re: needing programable timer with long delay capabilites posted by Eric Pepin on 10/09/01 at 3:43 PM:

Hi Boyd...

I'm unclear about what you wish to control, however, it sounds to me as though you need to get into embedded sytems!! That is to control your system via a microcontroller (MCU).

8-bit MCU's are very cheap these days. To get you up and running quickly I can suggest PICSTART Plus from microchip. THis is a development system including Assembler, Chip programmer and many Application Notes.

It's just a thought... Using a microcontroller you can program delays for as long or as short as you wish (yes. Including Years). Using a Real Time Clock you can time such long periods reasonably accurately.

If you are still reading this and you have adobe acrobat installed on your PC., then go to


There are other such DevTools out there, also try Motorola, Holtek, Phillips, STMicroelectronics, Mitsubishi etcetera..

I hope this helps...

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