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Q: Best Microcontroller for this job

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  1. --|--

    --|-- Guest

    Hello i was looking at using a atmel 8515 or a pic (not sure which variant
    yet) for a project.

    The microcontroller will be connected to a max186 for analog aquisitions
    which will be stored in an eeprom, also looking at a keypad ,lcd,x10 and
    serial pc interface to configure the unit and download data from the

    one of my concerns on the 8515 is the price @10$ but i can use gcc, i don't
    want to get into assembly so i'd be looking at c / basic options for the pic
    (lowest cost possible <g>)

    Any suggestions?
  2. TI MSP430? Can have the 12-bit ADC on-chip.

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  3. Rolavine

    Rolavine Guest

    Subject: Re: Q: Best Microcontroller for this job
    Good one, you can get 16 bits with the Pic mixed signal controller, but it's
    sucessive approximation conversion, slow but good with noise.

    Still making gizmos for clients who pay.
  4. Hello i was looking at using a atmel 8515 or a pic (not sure which variant
    Unless you are aiming at high-volume production (in which case you
    should look wider than just 8515 and PIC): why bother about a few $?
    My first advice for a PIC/uC newbie is to choose a chip for which you
    can get help, that is far more valuable than the few $ price
    difference between het varous uC's.

    PS don't take me wrong, I am a convinced PIC user. But I am not
    convinecd other people are wrong when they use AVR, 8051 or whatever.

    Wouter van Ooijen

    -- ------------------------------------
    PICmicro chips, programmers, consulting
  5. Hi Chris,
    I think you can use Z8 encore microcontroller from zilog.
    It has 8 channel ADC , uart, 64Kb flash, price from 4$ to 12$,
    evaluation kit(C compiler & debug included) 30$.
    Check site for further info.
    You can find price info at and

    Viron Papadopoulos.
  6. Mike V.

    Mike V. Guest

    The PICDEM Plus (or is that the PICDEM-2 Plus?) development kit has
    the following:
    * serial eeprom
    * LCD
    * MAX232 serial interface

    Then connect the Max186 to the SPI of the PIC.

    Then again, pretty much any microcontroller family you mentioned can
    do what you want. I don't know how much more powerful is the MAX186,
    but haven't you considered using internal eeproms and a/d channels
    that these microcontrollers have?
  7. Rolavine

    Rolavine Guest

    I tried to use gcc for Atmel about 2 years ago and gave up after a few hours.
    Has anyone in this group actually used this product sucessfully to make a


    One thing I found out back then was that GCC did not talk advantage of the
    AVR's fast execution times when you use the register stack. At that time GCC
    moved all operands into fixed registers, did the operation and moved them back
    to memory.

    "still making gizmos for clients that pay"
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