Industrial Control DesignLine Blog
There have been some intersting comments on my blog post about the embedded processor wars. And while
wearing one of my other hats as the editor of
the Focus on MCUs newsletter, I received some interesting
feedback on the question of the whether people are still using 8-bit
MCUs. The question of which processor to use for an embedded
project is still a very relevant one.
One resource that the embedded systems engineer can use to see the
trends in the industry is the 2009 Embedded Market Study.
Rich Nass, David Blaza, and Mike Barr go through some of the
key findings in this particular webinar. Among some of the
stats analyzed is choice of processor which really starts around the 20
minute mark of this 40 minute webinar. 32-bit, 16-bit, 8-bit,
DSP, FPGAs, and the ecosystems are all discussed.
Many other questions are looked at such as choice of operating systems,
outsourcing, and structure of engineering teams. I encourage
you to spend the time to view this study --it contains a good snapshot
what your fellow embedded systems engineers are working on.