@Duane: Max - I was brining up a small board based on a varient if PIC16F MCU that I hadn't used before....
On the one hand I love Microchip -- their PICs have beet really useful -- did you see my What's the Most Popular MCU of All Time? blog? I think the PIC16F family have sold more than 7 billion units (eeek).
Having said this, their 8-bit architecture is "esoteric" to say the least -- you can program them in C, but the architecture is rooted in the past and is not ideal for the task. By comparison, the 8-bit Atmel AVR architecture (as used in the Arduino Uno, for example) was designed from the ground up to be able to efficiently run C (by which I menn, to allow C cpompilers to efficiently map th ecode onto the architecture)
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