Of course we haven't seen them yet, but when 25MHz MSP430s come along, with their fast 12-bit A/D and D/A capabilities, combined with the Cygnal 100MIPS 8051 derivatives with fast 12-bit A/D and D/A as well, the AVR with its 16MIPS and only 10-bit A/D slow 15ksps with no dedicated D/A hardware, is looking a bit on the meager side.
Is Atmel going to try to compete with these Cygnal and TI offerings (even at 8MHz, the 16-bit MSP430 core is of similar performance to the16 MHz AVRs, lower power, and much better analog IO).
I'd really like to see some 33-40MHz AVR offerings, and some with substantially improved A/D like 12-bit 100ksps, and some with 2 12-bit DAC channels.
Whadaya think? What is Atmel's plan regarding what part of the uC market they want the AVR to occupy? Do they want it to be a low-power (though higher than MSP430) mid-performance uC only, or to be able to compete on all tiers?