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- Which microcontroller do you advice?
- Tolga Onbay
June 24, 2005, 9:36 pm
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Re: Which microcontroller do you advise?
Tolga Onbay wrote:
Picking the microcontroller which is "most selected" is a poor way of
insuring that you don't waste your time. There are thousands of low
end 4/8-bit processors sold for every ARM, and thousands of ARMs sold
for every Pentium, but the employment picture is pretty much the
reverse -- there are very few jobs programming 4-bit processors.
Every successful small embedded systems engineer I know can work
with a number of processors. He/she usually has a favorite for tiny
and cheap jobs, and another favorite for doing something sophisticated.
ARMs are a great place to start. Another thing that will enhance your
employability is to know how to program small processors in assembly
and C. Also, you should learn as much about hardware as possible, and
you should have something like a BasicX BS-24 in your toolkit for those
times when you want one controller with a simple program to be up and
running in less than 5 minutes. See [ http://www.basicx.com/ ].
 I say "small embedded systems" because there is a whole other
world out there where performance is king; gigabit routers, embedded
PCs that test avionics, high-speed ASICs, etc.