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Video Blog: What Are the 'Must Have' Features of an MCU?

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Cabe Atwell
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Re: Standards, connectivity, and security
Cabe Atwell   5/3/2013 3:18:26 PM
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I hate to be old-world thinking, but I think the best feature for MCUs would be x86 compatibility.

If ARM/PIC processors, for example, could run x86 software... a whole world would open up.

The new XBOX and Playstation 4 are going the x86 route... it will be interesting to see what happens after that.

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Charles Murray   5/2/2013 7:25:43 PM
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It seems like Microchip would be the ideal company to provide MCUs for the Internet of Things. Microchip's strength has always been at the low end, in low-cost, eight-bit devices. Applications involving the Internet of Things would presumably be cost-constrained. This seems like a good fit.

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naperlou   5/2/2013 9:13:16 AM
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Rich, another intersting video comment.  You make a good point about the market being mature, and the response was good as well.  This is a well understood technology.  That also makes is interesting for applications that want to leverage communications without having to introduce a whole new infrastructure.

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Standards, connectivity, and security
Rob Spiegel   5/2/2013 8:56:14 AM
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Nice video, Rich. It makes sense that the bleeding edge of wifi -- according to Mkitch Dale -- includes standards, streamlined connectivity, and security. Phones have seen vast technological advancements in just a few years. Now it's time to make sure they work right.

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