Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
CHARLES.LINQUIST
User Rank
Author
But they need to be more forward-thinking
CHARLES.LINQUIST   5/27/2014 6:55:26 PM
NO RATINGS
Microchip has done a fairly good job providing chips for the 8-bit microcontroller market, but they have had some mis-steps recently. They were also "late to the party" in 32-bit.  They eventually acquired MIPs, but only long after others had joined the ARM bandwagon.

Microchip's PIC line should have been the processor in Arduinos, a domain that ATMEL owns totally. And while some may think that Arduinos are toys, a huge number of products that are in existence today started with a $30 (or so) Arduino hacked together with sensors.  Companies then took those 'kludges' and put them on one board to make a final product.  Most 3-D printers and quadcopter controllers are simply Arduinos with "shields" (add-on boards) merged into one board. And when those ATMEL processors are not powerful enough, designers have usually turned to 32-bit STMicro parts.  Now, there are huge libraries of routines ATMEL parts, and a rising number for STMicro parts. 

Those routines were written by individuals.  No company could ever provide as much (usually) working source code as millions of users.  Microchip has tried, but has not been very successful in fostering a very large community of developers that share code for its chips.

I do use Microchip parts currently.  But I'm going to have to change soon for most of my designs.  I'm writing too much code by myself.  I need to use parts that can use easily-obtainable, open source routines for nearly anything I want to do.  Hello Atmel! Hello STMicro!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

elctrnx_lyf
User Rank
Author
buying spree
elctrnx_lyf   5/25/2014 2:12:55 AM
NO RATINGS
Microchip definitely is on buysing spree and they really have a clear analysis behind every acquisition. The consumer and IoT are going to grow much more bigger in future and surely Microchip will play a key role.

_hm
User Rank
Author
Target Microchip
_hm   5/24/2014 4:15:53 PM
NO RATINGS
Microchip does good work to build and enlarge portfolio. However, will Microchip itself will become target and will aquire by some other bigger player?



Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
Radio
LATEST ARCHIVED BROADCAST

What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.

Brought to you by:

Most Recent Comments
rick merritt
 
Saturation
 
DCH0
 
realjjj
 
traneus
 
realjjj
 
realjjj
 
Doug_S
 
spike_johan
Like Us on Facebook
Special Video Section
Once the base layer of a design has been taped out, making ...
In this short video we show an LED light demo to ...
The LTC2380-24 is a versatile 24-bit SAR ADC that combines ...
In this short video we show an LED light demo to ...
02:46
Wireless Power enables applications where it is difficult ...
07:41
LEDs are being used in current luxury model automotive ...
With design sizes expected to increase by 5X through 2020, ...
01:48
Linear Technology’s LT8330 and LT8331, two Low Quiescent ...
The quality and reliability of Mill-Max's two-piece ...
LED lighting is an important feature in today’s and future ...
05:27
The LT8602 has two high voltage buck regulators with an ...
05:18
Silego Technology’s highly versatile Mixed-signal GreenPAK ...
The quality and reliability of Mill-Max's two-piece ...
01:34
Why the multicopter? It has every thing in it. 58 of ...
Security is important in all parts of the IoT chain, ...
Infineon explains their philosophy and why the multicopter ...
The LTC4282 Hot SwapTM controller allows a board to be ...
This video highlights the Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC, and sho...
Homeowners may soon be able to store the energy generated ...
The LTC®6363 is a low power, low noise, fully differential ...