The deployment of 8-, 16- and 32-bit processors has long been questioned, as engineers debate the price vs. performance parameters. The future of the three chip sizes is becoming a bit clearer as chipmakers plot their strategies.
At Freescale's second Technology Forum, the chipmaker underscored the squeeze on 16-bit processors. The 8-bit lines made by Freescale and others continue to push prices down while offering more performance and a wide range of peripherals. At the same time, 32-bit prices continue their freefall.
Freescale's opening day meeting had extensive discussions for the future for 8- and 32-bit devices, with a mention that 16-bit chips have solid support. But in a world where development resources are limited, the fact that not one of the many presentation slides mentioned 16-bit chips may say more than any comments about the future of the technology being squeezed from both sides.
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