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'Alternatives to PIC processors?'
1999\09\28@090328 by Roger Morella

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I am looking for some alternatives to Microchip's processors.  I
realized that I have been choosing PIC processors by default without
adequately researching viable alternatives.

Therefore I think a discussion regarding alternative processors is
appropriate.  I encourage any comments that include alternate
manufacturers, prices, and pro's and con's of processors that compete
eithor directly or indirectly with Microchip's products.

       What processor have you used that compete's with Microchip?

       How much was it?

       What were the main features?

       How was delivery?

       Why did you choose it?

       What is the closest Microchip product and how does it compare?

1999\09\28@122859 by Ben Stragnell

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Roger,

Scenix (http://www.scenix.com) produces chips that have an almost identical
instruction set to PICs, but run *much* faster (a 50MHz SX18 runs 20
times faster than a 10MHz 16F84), and has twice as much program memory,
yet is available for a comparable price. When you have a uC this fast,
it becomes feasible to emulate hardware (eg. serial ports, modem, dsp
etc...) in software, and Scenix have released a number of such "virtual
peripherals". They've also apparently implemented a TCP/IP stack which
they will be releasing code for soon (although I think full TCP is only
available in the larger chips).

Cheers,
Ben

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1999\09\28@205421 by Nick Taylor

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Roger Morella wrote:
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> I am looking for some alternatives to Microchip's processors.  I
> realized that I have been choosing PIC processors by default without
> adequately researching viable alternatives.

Roger - -

The Atmel RISC chips look like a good alternative.  I haven't tried
them yet, but I'm about to place an order.
   http://www.atmel.com/atmel/products/prod23.htm

- Nick -

1999\09\28@205841 by Dave VanHorn

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> Roger Morella wrote:
> [snip]
> > I am looking for some alternatives to Microchip's processors.  I
> > realized that I have been choosing PIC processors by default without
> > adequately researching viable alternatives.
>
> Roger - -
>
> The Atmel RISC chips look like a good alternative.  I haven't tried
> them yet, but I'm about to place an order.
>     http://www.atmel.com/atmel/products/prod23.htm
>
>  - Nick -


Welcome to the Dark Side :)

There's a good list at spam_OUTatmelTakeThisOuTspampic.co.za  and some PD code to get started on.
It's a well behaved little box :)

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