One issue not covered here is that for the developer, going from an 8 bit architecture to 32 bit involves a huge learning curve. The 32 bit micros have a staggering amount of registers and peripherals compared to an 8 bitter!
True, there is a steeper learning curve in using a 32-bit. Also, many 32-bit MCUs have protected memory modes. If you are not familiar with these modes, your code can suddenly stop working and you won't know why unless you RTFM.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.