ATMEGA8-16PU is obsolete? Replace by ATMEGA8A-16PU?

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hi,

Couple observations I had noticed today, thus this posting.

1. I saw on eBay that 200 pcs of ATMEGA8-16PU at 84 cents each. So, I asked myself: "too good to be true?"

2. Then I checked mouser.com. It now says the ATMEGA8-16PU is an obsolete product for Mouser.com, that is.

3. Then I saw ATMEL having the ATMEGA8A-16PU. I downloaded the spec. Still looking to see the differences between the ATMEGA8-16PU and the ATMEGA8A, but the ATMEGA8A spec is nearly 7MB long, and "old" ATMEGA8's spec about 5MB long. There is has to be new things in the ATMEGA8A.

So, anyone knows news about this, since I am planning to buy a couple hundreds pcs of ATMEGA8. Now, seeing the above, I think I'll wait.

Thanks.

Last Edited: Thu. Aug 9, 2018 - 08:48 AM
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Many/most AVRs are now going to A suffix. IIRC there is a new fab (outsourced?) and new dies and maybe new geometry. For the P parts going to PA, the power consumption is reduced.

If you haven't already, go to Atmel's Web site with the list of AVR models and look to see how many A parts you now find. Some/many of the "traditional" models are now in the Mature Devices section.
http://www.atmel.com/dyn/product...

Have you looked for a migration app note?
http://www.atmel.com/dyn/product...

Hint: 523.

To John W: As the Mega48/88 family came on line and has gone through a few generations, I've always wondered why the redundant Mega8 has not gone the way of Mega163/323 and Mega161 and others. I can only think that it is so darn popular with you and your friends that Atmel is going to go with it for a while. I'm frankly surprised that they did the re-tool for the A part.

You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig.

I've never met a pig I didn't like, as long as you have some salt and pepper.

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thanks, theusch@ for the tips. That helps.

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theusch wrote:
To John W: As the Mega48/88 family came on line and has gone through a few generations, I've always wondered why the redundant Mega8 has not gone the way of Mega163/323 and Mega161 and others. I can only think that it is so darn popular with you and your friends that Atmel is going to go with it for a while. I'm frankly surprised that they did the re-tool for the A part.

I think you would be very surprised at how many products from The Evil Empire actually depend on this part. I predict more than 10-15 yrs before any hint of last call. I also predict many of the popular "modern" chips adored by some here will disappear long before this venerable mainstay.

Note that the 1200 is still around even though it is not used anywhere near as often.

Mega8 for 84 cents? Not possible. We all know now they run at least a couple bucks. :)

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The Evil Empire

I'm lost--which Evil Empire in particular? the Bush administration?

You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig.

I've never met a pig I didn't like, as long as you have some salt and pepper.

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MicroSoft? PIC/Microchip? U.S Internal Revenue Service? Rush Limbaugh? al Quaeda? The choices are almost endless!

Jim Wagner Oregon Research Electronics, Consulting Div. Tangent, OR, USA http://www.orelectronics.net

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Mega8 for 84 cents? Not possible. We all know now they run at least a couple bucks.

NOT meant as an advertise, but, as mentioned in my original post, below is what I saw. I am tempted to buy, but still mulling over it. See below. It's way cheaper than www.xenon-tech.com, which goes for $133 for 100 pcs plus $30 standard air-mail. You are probably familiar with www.xenon-tech.com, because it's a like permanent ad on avrfreaks.net. :-)

200 pcs of ATMEGA8-16PU for $270, shipping included. No tax. Hehe! http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI...

200 pcs of ATMEGA8-16AU for $225, shipping included. No tax. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI...

BE CAREFUL when buying things on eBay, although I have had good experiences.

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Sorry... that was inside humor between Lee and I.

Mega8 is one of my favorite chips although the ones I deal with are MLF not QFP. I wouldn't hesitate to buy on Ebay (with good rating and some history).

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hello all,

 

i am newbie in mic programing , i faced one issue that  i can't  write any program on atmeg8a-16 pu

i am useing software called "bitburner" to program "ATMEGA8A-16PU" BUT i can't find this device in device list 

i use  USBASP to program "in-system programing"

i guess because i don't have  avrdue compatible with this device

if this assumption is correct where can find it the Suitable avrdude

please advise

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Please don't cross post. Locking this one.

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