Questions about MSP430's and 8051's

Discussion in 'Embedded Systems and Microcontrollers' started by maxpower097, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. maxpower097

    Thread Starter Well-Known Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    Howdy all, I'm wanting to learn more about TI's MSP430 and 8051 mc's.
    1st off is the 8051 a type of controller like a PIC or AVR? Or is it a line of chips like PIC16f's or PIC24's? Or is it a singe chip like a PIC16f877a? Is there a future in 8051's? Or is it older technology that was replaced with newer lines?

    2nd about the MSP430, which are these comparable too? 8bit 16bit or 32bit MCUS? Or do they make one of each? Again do you see more MSP430's being developed for the future or do you think they will create a new line?

    Right now I have my 8 16 and 32bit PIC setups, I also an finishing up my AVR setups. So now I'm looking at going to learn the 8051, MPS430, or possible moving to ARM chips. Any suggestions or help you can give me on the limitations or differences between these lines would be appreciated.