IRL class discussion about the future of microcontroller architecture

Discussion in 'Embedded Systems and Microcontrollers' started by sbombs, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. sbombs

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    Feb 26, 2010
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    In my inbox this morning was some article from one of the trade rags. On a lark, I decided to send it to my microcontroller students, in hopes of stimulating some discussion. I am particularly hoping they'll notice the following:

    • The author's employer
    • Some pros and cons of various low-end uC's
    • ??? who knows what else
    In addition, I am hoping they explore/discover this and the various other trade rags.

    What say you folks? My original email including the Article, and a link to the original article follows.


    • PHB - Pointy Haired Boss
    • uC - microcontroller

     
  2. maxpower097

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    Feb 20, 2009
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    Its true even in full sized computers. Were running dual core CPU's with 4 GPU's tied together on our desktops, but thin clients, and netbooks are still selling great with 1.6ghz cpu's. As 32bit chips replace traditional 8bit chips, we will probably see a new package 8 bit UC's that could be ultra small beyond SMT small. For instance right now I'm working on a project with a friend that could use a uc as small as pellet. I don't know of one that exists but if it did I would have a use for it immediately.
     
  3. sbombs

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    Feb 26, 2010
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    How about an ATtiny10?
    And I think the author was trying to say that 8bit uCs aren't going away any time soon. Which I happen to agree with.
     
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