If you think that the 8-bit MCU is dead, think again! A book by MCU guru, Lucio di Jasio, looks at a major shift which is taking place in the microcontroller market and asks ‘What next for the 8-bit MCU?’
“Like every-one else, I assumed that the 8-bit MCU would be pushed out by the introduction of low-end 32-bit controllers,” explains di Jasio. “The reality is that exciting innovations in the 8-bit architecture mean that they are fighting back, and often winning, against more complex 32-bit devices.”
This is Not About The Core
The book, called ‘This is (not) Rocket Science’, compares the radically different design approaches taken by 8-bit and 32-bit MCUs. It outlines the sheer software-driven power and higher clock speeds of low-end 32-bit MCUs against the continued simplicity of 8-bit design using Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs). These autonomous and directly interconnected hardware peripheral blocks are a game-changer for 8-bit design: They enable the new generation of 8-bit devices to deliver more functions with less software complexity, and faster response times at lower clock speeds and with lower power consumption.
The book provides a refreshingly new perspective which challenges designers who think that they know the 8-bit architecture.
You Should Read This Book If:
You think that you know 8-bit microcontrollers because you remember them from your earliest designs
You knew and liked PIC® microcontrollers but have not looked at them for a while
You don’t like the excessive software development needed to realise even simple real-time functions with a low-end 32-bit device
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