I think Microchip is a little late with their M14K development. Meanwhile Cortex-M3 and M4 are penetrating rapidly and most likely will acquire most of the market segment.
Also in the MIPS world, one can can not find anything reasonable like beagle board (..and its clones and alike). So a developer thinks that he will get stuck with an MCU with a maximum of an RTOS support with no Linux running (Microchip has licenced M14K and not M14Kc). Off course there are upward options like NetLogic's Alchemy series but those are not very popular.
So I think Microchip must hurry on their M14K and also start M14Kc based designs.
Correct me if I am wrong.
Will Microchip also plan to put some interesting high performance analog peripherals in the 32-bit family? I like the graphic user interface so that people don't need to care too much about write complex codes but rather can focus more on the Matlab/Simulink kind of approach. With more anlaog front-end to choose from, I believe that can bring Microchip to a healthier industrial market.
Microchip has a great portfolio of microcontrollers & other sub-system components. I feel that they are doing a great job by also providing software development tools along with their chips.
Recently, their addition of the WiFi support & the graphics library have not just enhanced their givings, but also given the user a quick turn around for product development.
We are working on the graphics library to develop graphic consoles to be used for various applications. Currently working on the PIC 24 part, we intend to release the product with a PIC32 controller & Capacitive touch sensing.
For the folks at Microchip, I only have to say that continue doing the good job & integrate more mixed-signal functionality to the controllers. If they could also add programmable logic, that would be a full circle !
A curious name game: PIC16 was 1st member of 8-bit family, PIC12, PIC10 are down-grades, PIC18 is an upgrade/high end of 8-bit family.
16-bit family consists of PIC24x, PIC30/33.
Finally, PIC32 is what the names implies: the 32-bit family. You can do a lot with Microchip's no-cost software. I still remember a PIC16C54 project using assembly code and nothing else.