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From: Chuck Simmons
Organization: You jest.
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Subject: Re: Examples Of Common MCU's In Consumer Electronics?
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2002 02:28:56 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2002 19:28:56 PDT
Geraldo Sazias wrote:
> Can someone cite some examples of 'common' (frequently used by hobbyists)
> MCU's (AVR,PIC and MSP430) being used in consumer and or mass produced
> electronics? Whenever I open up some consumer electronics device it has
> either an unknown MCU or one I can't identify at all (ussually bump
> packaged directly onto the PCB). Is it even economically viable to use on of
> these MCU's in a million plus class consumer electronics device?
Actually, a lot of MCUs are buried in ASICs so you don't know they are
there. It is so easy to develop ASICs with buried MCUs that recognizable
MCU parts will likely vanish from consumer products. The goals of highly
integrated solutions are cost, speed and simplified development in that
order. There are quite a number of MCU/MPU products that exist in ASIC
libraries so that new designs using MPUs with gate arrays and analog
functions are reality. Since the cost of ASICs is silicon area and
package, it is impossible to compete with ASICs by using familiar
MCU/MPU parts with jelly bean glue.
... The times have been,
That, when the brains were out,
the man would die. ... Macbeth
Chuck Simmons email@example.com
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