Is this a dirty trick by Microchip - possibly causing a sharp decline in choosing Atmel/AVR for new designs?
At least two other threads on this has been running here lately. There are more opinions, wishes, fears and conspiration theories in these than what you could think of :D :
Personally I'm neither worried, nor upset. If it doesen't happend then the fun might continue (eg AVRs still evolving, new tools surfacing, this site still existing). Or the fun might stop (if Atmel has to give up and fold). If it happends then the fun might continue (Microchip wanted the AVR line for it's potential) or the fun might stop (Microchip wanted to get rid of competition).
If the fun stops then we'll all move on to gardening, cricket, electric car construction, stilleben painting, ARM7s, ARM9s, ARM11s or even (yes...) PICs.
I'll miss this site, though.
For the time beeing I'll hold on to my PIC book (Myke Predko "Programming and Customising the PICmicro Microcontroller). It's just as awful as the PICs themselves, but it's second-hand value might rise and pay partly for my move to the ARMs. :D
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Predko's book doesn't have a very good reputation in the PIC community.
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About the text in the link.
He say it's not clear why ON want a part.
It's clear to me! Atmel is a flash company and that is what ON want.
ON is a spinoff of the former Motorola. The remaining part of Motorola became Freescale which kept RF and microprocessor lines. ON got the logic and some discrete lines. It has clearly wanted an RF capability for a long time and taking that part of Atmel would give that to them, at our (IMHO) detriment, unfortunately.
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Johan, why ARM's if you now have VHDL/FPGA/NIOS?? ;) If you still prefer to ARM yourself, I would recommend you Cypress PSoC5 (just in case Atmel dissapears, but I don't think it happens).
There is a link, in one of the posts regarding this bid, that ON wants the RF and Flash technologies, while Microchip wants the microprocesson lines 'in front of giants like Texas Instruments or Intel'. Probably to boost their 32bit market.
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