Microcontrollers Roadmap

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FAMILIES to learn: for my digital portal, list all digital chip families and types


Compare: Target audience, languages available, free compiler?, development board, cost of module.



digital electronic devices table:

  • language
  • popularity
  • cost
  • Compilers and assemblers
  • other available languages
  • number of boards
  • number of books
  • amount of support (code and forums)



families:

  • ARM. Sitara ARM Processor, Beagle. ARM express family from Coridium.
  • Basic Stamp
  • Arduino (Based on Atmel AVR)
  • PIC
  • PIC with Configurable Logic Cell (CLC) hybrid
  • For Single Board Computer (SBC): BeagleBoard, Gumstix,Raspberry Pi
  • AVR (AT series). Arduino.
  • Propeller
  • LatticeMico8 (soft embedded)
  • stay away from Make Controller Kit (nothing about it is standard)
  • PICAXE
  • Microchip PIC
  • Basic Stamp 2
  • Propeller
  • Arduino
  • Make controller
  • [1]
  • [2]
  • [3]
  • [4]
  • Arduino
  • Basic ATOM
  • BASIC Stamp
  • ARM express
  • BASIC Stamp
  • PICAXE
  • [PIC]
  • C Stamp
  • [Atmel AVR]
  • ARM processors (from many vendors) using ARM7 or Cortex-M3 cores are generally microcontrollers
  • Atmel AVR (8-bit), AVR32 (32-bit), and AT91SAM (32-bit)
  • Microchip PIC (8-bit PIC16, PIC18, 16-bit dsPIC33 / PIC24)
  • ARM


Atmel


Lattice Semiconductor


Microchip Technology

Microchip produces microcontrollers with 3 very different architectures:

8-bit (8-bit data bus) PICmicro, with a single accumulator (8 bits):

  • PIC10 and PIC12: 12-bit instruction words
  • PIC16 series: 14-bit instruction words, one address pointer ("indirect register pair")
    • PIC16F628 (Replacement for very popular but discontinued PIC16F84)
    • PICAXE
  • PIC18 series: 16-bit instruction words, three address pointers ("indirect register pairs")

16-bit (16-bit data bus) microcontrollers, with 16 general-purpose registers (each 16-bit)

32-bit (32-bit data bus) microcontrollers:


Altera

soft microprocessor


Xilinx