>>933341 People who don't know what they're talking about say things like "The chip I need you to program is Atmel", which doesn't tell me much because Atmel is a manufacturer of AVR, ARM, and 8051 microcontrollers. When someone says "It's Microchip" I know they mean a PIC microcontroller, or at least I did before today.
>>933383 TI makes some good shit, let me start off by saying I dont work in the industry and dont call myself a professional.. but Ive never heard or seen their micro controllers being used in anything unless they have a different name.
(dont you dare fucking say calculators, you know what I meant.)
>>933430 >almost never used I'll bet you have most of those in your home... STMicro is in everything! TI CPUs are in a lot of digital cameras. Cypress offers some funky analog and I/O on their microcontrollers, which are often used as motor controllers.
Microchip and Atmel are the best for hobby / uni level stuff. But this merger ain't that bad, microchip are still the best for cheap diy chips, not in danger. Microchip even give free chips to students.
TI, Cypress, ST, NXP, Freescale etc all require expensive programmers and their chips are rarely hand solderable. No good for poor students and hobby folk.
For all of the doomsday predictors, I kind of doubt Microchip will axe the major Atmel product lines. These mergers in the IC industry are happening because they want to save money by combining forces, not because they want to piss off their customer base. That being said, anything's possible.
If they do decide to get rid of some lines, I hope they at least continue developing the Atmel SAM chips. I've been learning how to use them the past few months, and I'm really starting to like them. The peripherals included with them are very powerful and flexible in my opinion, not to mention the L21 series which can run in active mode at 35 uA/MHz.
>a bunch of paid, awful IDEs, most of them are worse than AIDS >no freeware GCC compiler >>933732 >Cypress
Not really. Cypress has a programmer that costs £6.00. The chips are also bretty cheap. It is true that most aren't hand-solderable, but if you have a frying pan or an electric oven and good eyes you can easily reflow-solder them.
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