16F877 -- Why an EEPROM?
Mike Mansheim email (remove spam text)
> I'm considering moving from the PIC 16C65B and PIC 16C67 to a FLASH
> microcontroller. I've been looking at the 16F877 and I can't really
> why anyone would need an EEPROM when apparently it's just as easy to read
> and write to the program memory. Is it a matter of code protection
> danger of stomping on critical code)? Any thoughts?
The number of writes allowed is much higher on the data EEPROM.
Per an older F876 data sheet (I assume the F877 is the same):
Endurance for the data EEPROM is 100,000 cycles; endurance for the program
memory is 1000 cycles.
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