I just heard from the folks at Silicon Labs who note that, as 32-bit microcontrollers become more complex, the degree of configurability for each general purpose input/output (GPIO) pin and peripheral increases significantly.
They also note that a highly configurable GPIO and peripheral set should provide us with additional design flexibility instead of adding design hurdles. Having access to an easy-to-use configuration interface paired with software tools that graphically configure a device’s pin-out and peripherals enables you to quickly determine an application’s pin-out and generate code.
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