I remember some folks who discussed very low cost designs that included 4-bit MCUs. At the time, the 4-bit chips were mostly made by companies in the orient with fully depreciated foundries.
I haven't been able to find anyone selling these devices currently. I think it was always a business that isn't advertised much, since the customers all know the sellers. You have to be building a million of something to make it worthwhile designing with a 4-bit MCU. I seem to recall if you had an existing design, they would even do the software port to the 4-bit chip, since they were all custom CPU designs by the vendor.
Anyone know who is still selling these lowest end MCUs?