I read this month's '51 update article in Circuit Cellar and was impressed with comments regarding Silicon Labs Precision Mixed-Signal 8051 MCUs.
I cut my teeth on the AVR RISC core, and wonder if I should continue to hang peripheral devices on the AVR or go to the '51 Precision Mixed-Signal 8051 MCUs for the simple fact that 24 bit ADCs and DACs on the same chunk of silicon is quite compelling. In order to do so, I will require new dev software and boards.
Most of my work is with interfacing some sort of analog transducer.
I know this is like asking you what car I should buy, but I was hoping to generate some dialog on the matter.
Thank you for your insight