Programmable Devices

A s minification of computers increase, the definition of programmable devices has been less understood by majority of individuals.

To clear this air means going back to the basics, that is, the definition of a computer, a program and hence a programmable device.


A computer can simply be defined as any device that can be instructed to carry out arbitrary set of arithmetic and logical operations.

The fact that it is any device does not limit it by size, shape or any other physical attributes.

Computer Programme

A program on the other hand is the set of instructions interpreted by a computer, this can either be logical instructions or arithmetic instructions .

Programming languages are used to write this instructions. Programming languages are human like languages optimized so that compilers can have an easy time converting this instructions to binaries for computers to understand.

Eg Java to byte-code C# to MSIL etc

Following the above descriptions, two things come to the mind. They are, Integrated Chips (IC) for manipulating instructions and memory for storing instructions. Thus microprocessor and micro-controller concepts

Micro Controller

A micro controller is an embedded device with both processor(IC) and memory on it. e.g micro-waves, TVs etc.

TV has both IC and Memory

This item’s use micro-controllers to manage and manipulate operations.

A microprocessor

A microprocessor is an Integrated Chip(IC) for manipulating instructions only .Its instructions are usually fed from an external memory devices.

Eg laptop and computer processor

This illustrations thus summarises the programmable devices debate.

It can therefor be concluded that a programmable device can be Any device or object that can be embedded by the above two is thus a programmable device.