It may be possible to do an app in the 8 bit part but the raw power and large registers makes it possible to do prototypeing w/o having to fight with the limits of the CPU. I don't have to worry if the data will fit in the word or messing with multibyte math - it just works.
This is an excellent example of when a 32-bit can be used in an 8-bit socket - more overhead for testing and proto code
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