Gerg Riddick wrote:
>If there are any MicroChip people on the list, does MicroChip
>plan to come out with a counterpart to the new ATMEl 8051
>derivative chips? I've heard them called "PICBUSTERS." With 2k
>high endurance EEPROM, 128 bytes Ram, 5v programming capability,
>and a built in UART, they are currently much more powerful( and
>less expensive) then the PIC16C84. Could there be a comparable
>PIC16CXX chip in the works?
A PIC17C42 with a $0.95 external serial EEPROM shoud blow this thing away.
Maybe Microchip will put some EEPROM in the 1700 series eventually, most of
the activity on this list is about the 1600s though, and I've never used a
My idea of a PICBUSTER would be something that costs a lot less than $3.00
and does what a 16C54 can. The real power I see in the PICs is that they
can do simple things really fast and without much power draw.
The 16C84 could benefit from expanded program and data memory though, and a
28-pin one with Port C like a 16C55 or 57 would be very useful as well.
Also, I'd like to see an 8-pin 16C84. (The 8 pins being Vdd, Vss, X1, X2,
MCLR, RTCC, B6, and B7). Would make a neat sequence generator, 'secure'
EEPROM, or serial data converter. And it should just be a matter of putting
an existing 84 die in a new package.
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> Also, I'd like to see an 8-pin 16C84. (The 8 pins being Vdd, Vss, X1, X2,
> MCLR, RTCC, B6, and B7). Would make a neat sequence generator, 'secure'
> EEPROM, or serial data converter. And it should just be a matter of putting
> an existing 84 die in a new package.
Put into a smart card perhaps
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