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I'm an experienced software developer (Assembler, C, Java, ...) and
systems programmer with a basic electronics and ham radio background,
interested in getting into embedded systems development in Northern
California as a contractor.

I love playing around with this stuff! :) Which architecture would
likely present me with the most employment opportunities? PIC? 8251?
Basic Stamp? TINI? ???

Advice is appreciated, Thanks.

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This depends very heavily on the projects in which you might be involved.
That said, I've been involved for the past five years with some of the
more "heavy duty" chips such as the Power PC's and Coldfires.

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It would be a good idea to be able to use virtually anything. In my previous
job I used Atmel AVRs, PICs and ADSP-21xx. Since then I've also used MSP430,
PSOC and Blackfin.

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Thanks, Michael. Since I'm a freelance software contractor beginning
on the embedded microcontroller path, I'm interested to know which of
these areas might present me with the most opportunity initially.


Phil

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Hi,

you can check PIC, MSP430 and AVR which will cover most of the
embedded applications you will have to do

PIC is very robust and reliable microcontroller, we use it were needs
to operate in high noise, and where high reliability is need. Also
this is one of the most popular 8 bit microcontrollers, so it's much
possible your employeer to require PIC programing skils.

AVR is much faster than PIC so we use AVRs where speed is must.

MSP430 have no alternative in battery powered applications

Hope this helps!

Tsvetan
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Thanks Tsvetan,

It sounds like the PIC is a good place to begin; it seems to be a sort
of "base skill" that everyone expects and there is so much free public
software and support for it on line. It looks like I can begin there
easily and then branch out to other processors.

MPLAB is free and I can either spend $99 for the Warp-13 programmer
that everyone seems to prefer, or maybe just put together a simple
rs232 serial port programmer .

Thanks again,

Phil

Re: Which Microcontroller for Job Opportunities?
I'd recommend looking at the ARM architecture. This is licensed by
around 100 semiconductor manufacturers, each putting their choice of
peripherals around the processor core.

The instruction set is orthogonal and pleasant to use, and has
maintained backwards-compatibility such that application code written
for earlier generations of the architecture runs on the newest chips -
whoever is making the silicon.

ARM-powered chips can be found in most of the world's cellular phones,
GameBoy Advance, Printers, Hard Disk Drives, Digital Cameras, Pagers,
etc etc etc.

Licensees of the ARM architecture include Intel, Sharp, Philips, Sony,
Samsung, LG, Oki, Motorola, and many other "big guns" in the
semiconductor industry.

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