I'm new to microcontrollers. I guess you use the term "newbe." I am a grad student who has developed a control system (C program) and wants to implement it on a microcontroller. The control routine needs to perform many floating-point operations fast. A hardware floating-point unit (FPU) is necessary.
I checked earlier posting and found "AVR32 Hardware - Builtin floating point processor." But this was before Atmel announced that they would be making AVRs with FPUs, and the person submitting the question was more concerned with cost than I am. Not that money is no object, but I'm more concerned with learning and getting up and running fast. It would be nice, however, if I could use the same platform for proof of concept and (hopefully) production.
Anyway, My brother suggested that sence:
"¢ Atmal will be making AVRs with FPUs soon.
"¢ AVRs are well documented.
"¢ AVRs are easy to use/get started on.
"¢ AVRs use portable code (from one AVR to another).
"¢ Development boards, like the STK600, accept adapter boards.
I could start implementing the control on a current 32-bit AVR and, when the FPU AVRs come out, switch the AVRs and port the code.
So, Is my brother correct on all these counts? If so, which AVR and development board would you suggest I start with?