8 bits still goes a long way

March 2004
Portable Design;Mar2004, Vol. 10 Issue 3, p41
This article discusses how low-power microcontrollers produced in 2004 can get high performance by taking advantage of the latest process technologies and high levels of integration. The Silicon Laboratories company optimizes its microcontroller products by surrounding their 8-bit central processing unit core with the analog and digital peripherals needed to suit a particular application. The Atmel company generally rounds its microcontrollers into two families, the 8051 family and the AVR family. The AVR architecture offers a broad portfolio of standard devices and application-specific parts. The Texas Instruments company claims that its MSP430 is better than the competition because the family is specifically targeted at ultra low-power applications.


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