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11/19/2013 05:45 PM EST
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patrick.mannion
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Great MCU but really like the Harmony story too
patrick.mannion   11/22/2013 8:50:41 AM
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Hey Max, I really liked the features of the MCU too, great core performance, 28Msample/s ADC, crypto engine, and field upgradability via 2MBytes of internal flash, but I was also excited by MPLAB Harmony effort that Microchip co-announced with the 'MZ 32.

This is an Integrated Software Framework for PIC32 that essentially integrates the licensing, resale, and support of both Microchip as well as third-party middleware, drivers, libraries and RTOSes.

I like this bringing together of an ecosystem so developers don't have to spend half their time looking for compatible code and paying licence fees and get off the ground quicker - big deal these days (or any day).

 

Caleb Kraft
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the never ending cycle
Caleb Kraft   11/22/2013 10:09:34 AM
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you better watch out max! You'll end up in the never ending cycle of persuing the next biggest/fastest thing and never even get that bot off the ground!

Aeroengineer
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Glad Microchip decided to join the party
Aeroengineer   11/22/2013 7:56:12 PM
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I am glad that Microchip has actually started to do something with their 32bit line of products.  FOr the longest time, they were not really all that great compared to their dsPIC line of products.  I still am hoping that they might decide to come out with something that has a FPU on it.  As for their claim as the fastest 32bit device, I will have to dig into that a bit more.

 

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Re: Glad Microchip decided to join the party
Wilco1   11/23/2013 6:20:27 AM
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It certainly isn't the fastest 32-bit MCU. While it might outperform Cortex-M4 when not using floating point, it has caches and doesn't run from flash. So it should be compared to Cortex-R4/R5, which run at much higher frequencies (Samsung SSDs use 3 at 400MHz) and have better IPC as well. 

Sanjib.A
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Targeting IoT market?
Sanjib.A   11/24/2013 3:10:42 AM
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Microchip's new 32-bit connectivity MCU might well be targeted for the IoT applications where power is not a problem. The features look interesting. I would like to evaluate how the DSP engine along with 159 additional DSP-centric instructions helps in improving the performance of the MIPS microAptiv Core.

RejithK
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Fastest 32-Bit MCU..
RejithK   11/27/2013 1:16:01 PM
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How come this be the fastest 32 bit MCU at 200MHz??

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Great MCU but really like the Harmony story too
Max The Magnificent   11/27/2013 1:50:46 PM
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@Patrick: I was also excited by MPLAB Harmony effort that Microchip co-announced with the 'MZ 32.

I agree -- in fact that's right at the top of my list of columns to write and post -- it comes just after fighting all of the fires that are surrounding me :-)

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Re: the never ending cycle
Max The Magnificent   11/27/2013 1:51:55 PM
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@Caleb: ...never ending cycle of persuing the next biggest/fastest thing...

You forgot to mention "shiny" LOL

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Re: Targeting IoT market?
Max The Magnificent   11/27/2013 1:53:34 PM
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@Sanjib: I would like to evaluate how the DSP engine along with 159 additional DSP-centric instructions helps in improving the performance of the MIPS microAptiv Core.

Let me know when you've done that evaluation ... it would make a great article :-)

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Re: Fastest 32-Bit MCU..
Max The Magnificent   11/27/2013 1:54:33 PM
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@RejithK: How come this be the fastest 32 bit MCU at 200MHz??

I'll ask the folks at Microchip to comment

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