Slade, M., Jones, M.H. & Scott J. (2011). Choosing the right microcontroller: A comparison of 8-bit Atmel, Microchip and Freescale MCUs. Technical Report. Hamilton, New Zealand: Faculty of Engineering, The University of Waikato.
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When choosing a microcontroller there are many options, so which platform should you choose? There is little independent information available to help engineers decide which platform might best suit their needs and most designers tend to stick with the brand with which they are familiar. This is a difficult question to answer without bias if the people conducting the evaluations have had previous experience with MCU programming predominantly on one platform. This article draws on a case study. We built three “Smart” Sprinkler Taps, small, self-contained irrigation controllers, differing only in the microcontroller unit (MCU) on the inside. We compare cost, development software quality and hardware performance from the perspective of a new user to each of the platforms.
Faculty of Engineering, The University of Waikato
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