Rank newbie here. Cool Forum! Lots of activity.
Years ago I was into microcontrollers big time, mainly 8051 and its variants (Intel & Philips), never went over to Motorola. I did go over to the dark side (management) but now I want to get back to the good stuff.
I'm a bit of an assembler freak, (wrote a lot of drivers) but as the AVR platform is RISC, I'm not sure the gains from assembler would be as big as CISC hand coding.
I just learned about the Atmel line after a friend turned me on to Arduino. Frankly, I'm blown away by the xmega capabilities. The integration, and minimal support chips required is impressive.
Ok, all that said, I really don't know what has been happening across the industry, so I'm looking for some pointers before I invest in the learning curve.
As the name says, you're all AVR Freaks but I'm hoping you guys can give me a leg up on the latest gen of microcontrollers in general.
Is Atmel/AVR the top dog? Who else is in the game? Why would I commit to AVR rather than controller "X"? Are there other uP vendors out there that tempt you?
Any links or keywords would be appreciated; your personal thoughts would be even better.
If I become an AVR freak, I promise to study (lurk in) the forum before you hear from me again :-).
Thanks in advance,