Thereís one element thatís a part of just about every design -- a processor element. Thatís a fancy way of saying the microprocessor or microcontroller. While itís easy to say that most MCUs are similar, there are differences among the various architectures (and sometimes very subtle differences) that can make or break your design.
What is the peripheral mix? How much memory is embedded? How do you relate to the tool chain? Is there an upgrade (or downgrade) path to migrate to for future generations? And so on. Those questions just scratch the surface of how to choose the right processor, because generally, each of the processor vendors can answer those questions within its own offerings.
As a way to assist you in this crucial development stage, weíve put together a series of classes in our Continuing Education Center that looks at the PIC family of microcontrollers. The lecture series is named Pick (and Implement) the Right PIC MCU. If youíre considering this architecture for your project, I highly recommend you take the time to sit in on this weekís lectures. (Note that the classes are archived, so you donít have to be there when the live classes occur.)
Find out more about the Digi-Key Continuing Education Center and earning IEEE professional development hours here.