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2/27/2013 10:00 AM EST
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old account Frank Eory
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old account Frank Eory   2/28/2013 9:34:18 PM
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Four-wire resistive touch sensing? It's been quite a few years since I've seen one of those plastic, squishy touchscreens -- at least here in the U.S.

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DMcCunney   2/28/2013 6:31:12 PM
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"I still don't think a 32 bit microcontroller is the right processor for these devices." Why *not* use a 32 bit microcontroller? The driver is usually cost, not capability. As long as it will do the needed job, you use a 16 bit or even 8 bit controller because it's *cheaper*. What happens if that's *not* the case, and there isn't a significant cost difference in using a 32 bit core? The ARM Cortex M-0 mentioned elsewhere is arguably overkill for the stated usage, but the ARM architecture is widely deployed and well understood with an existing toolchain to support development and engineers familiar with it. What you wind up with is capability you won't use, but you don't care because you get the advantages of familiarity and lower time-to-market at a total price that's probably comparable to using a lesser controller.

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DMcCunney   2/28/2013 6:23:13 PM
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I suspect it's host controller architecture agnostic. It's a separate component, communicated with by the host controller over a bus. As long as the host can communicate with it and use the functions it provides, you likely don't *care* about host architecture. It could be ARM, x86, MIPS or something else entirely.

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JohnM555   2/28/2013 5:18:23 PM
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There is no statement about the recommended bit architecture for the host controller.

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daleste   2/28/2013 4:32:10 AM
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This sounds like a good device for IoT applications. I still don't think a 32 bit microcontroller is the right processor for these devices.

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