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From: Reagan Thomas
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Subject: Re: Examples Of Common MCU's In Consumer Electronics?
Date: Fri, 13 Sep 2002 13:04:45 -0500
NNTP-Posting-Date: Fri, 13 Sep 2002 13:00:02 CDT
Chuck Simmons wrote:
> 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
Using their projects, you get the core for free, so your cost is just
that of the development system and the FPGA
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