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Microchip vs. Atmel Microcontrollers

Hey everybody,

Was just wondering for those of you who do work with micro controllers, which company's controllers do you prefer to use? I have exclusively used the PIC controllers as it was what I learned on at school, but I see a lot of information on the web for people using the Atmel's.

Any comments would be great,

Thanks.
Harshad Italiya
Harshad Italiya • May 17, 2011
Hello Everett,

In My company i have worked on MICROCHIP,FREESCALE,NXP,ATMEL,TI and RENESAS. But I am not expert in each as i have worked for one or two project only and it was software part only.
Normally i used to work on Freescale MCU mostly as its IDE is awesome there is inbuilt GUI and everything is easy. I can say if your IDE is much easy you would like to work on that. but if we are looking at Cost then i think ATMEL or MICROCHIP are better as their Programmer are cheaper.
It would be better to get a programmable microchip and program it, rather getting a preprogrammed micro-controller!
Harshad Italiya
Harshad Italiya • May 17, 2011
praveenscience
It would be better to get a programmable microchip and program it, rather getting a preprogrammed micro-controller!
Praveen:- We can write software for any Mircrocontroller and we can load it into that chip.
Then what is the difference between the two? 😐
i have worked with atmega 16 but not with pic. at C level there might not be much of a difference actually.one can use any. but if you are required to program in assembly then i think the difference would come into picture. Also pic has the DSPIC series which has some DSP features. one can use PIC if he feels he might require DSP features in the future. then he can migrate on to the DSPIC easily.
Harshad Italiya
Harshad Italiya • May 18, 2011
praveenscience
Then what is the difference between the two? 😐
See Suppose i Buy a Microcontroller from manufacturer then it not programmed, then i write code for some application and then i load code into that and suppose after that i sell that microcontroller in market then it becomes Programmed chip. 😀

Hope this thing clears your doubt. 😀
Harshad Italiya
Harshad Italiya • May 18, 2011
infinity_nimish
i have worked with atmega 16 but not with pic. at C level there might not be much of a difference actually.one can use any. but if you are required to program in assembly then i think the difference would come into picture. Also pic has the DSPIC series which has some DSP features. one can use PIC if he feels he might require DSP features in the future. then he can migrate on to the DSPIC easily.
@nimish~
Yes you are right if you write code in assembly language then as per the CORE used in perticular MCU the instruction set is different and you have to learn all the instructions.
Totally confused... 😲
Harshad Italiya
Harshad Italiya • May 18, 2011
praveenscience
Totally confused... 😲
Okey Post your Question first it might be possible that i am not getting your question properly. 😀
What is the difference between a programmable microchip and an already programmed micro-controller, where we can load our own program???
Harshad Italiya
Harshad Italiya • May 18, 2011
praveenscience
What is the difference between a programmable microchip and an already programmed micro-controller, where we can load our own program???
Every MCU manufacturer have its own Programmer by which we can load our program into the chip. got it?
Best thing is to call and ask... I will call you once I come home... 😐
Harshad Italiya
Harshad Italiya • May 18, 2011
praveenscience
Best thing is to call and ask... I will call you once I come home... 😐
Oh Poor me. 😔
Don't worry... Am a bit lagging in Microcontrollers and stuff... 😔
You can buy a chip such as this Digi-Key - PIC16F887-I/P-ND (Manufacturer - PIC16F887-I/P) for example. You then write your C or ASM code for it, then load it onto the chip by use of a programmer such as this Product Search - microchipDIRECT

Hope this clears up any confusion.
Yeah, to an extent... 😀 Thanks GF and EP!!! 😀
Arduino (Atmel based) is pretty easy to program 😀
ash
Arduino (Atmel based) is pretty easy to program 😀
I have heard of it... Its awesome plus they are also giving the SDK or what ever... 😀
Harshad Italiya
Harshad Italiya • May 22, 2011
ash
Arduino (Atmel based) is pretty easy to program 😀
Right now collecting some pocket money for Arduino board. 😁

Ash, have you worked on Arduino?
I have worked on Audrino SDK for a hospital project... Used HyperTerminal and stuffs to get the data...
Harshad Italiya
Harshad Italiya • May 22, 2011
praveenscience
I have worked on Audrino SDK for a hospital project... Used HyperTerminal and stuffs to get the data...
Have yo written code for ATMEL Microcontroller or worked on Computer side software?
My friend has done, I will get something...
I experience that many of our senior from electronics dept prefer ATMEL for final year embeded projects.
Is it easy to write a program for ATML ?
Harshad Italiya
Harshad Italiya • May 22, 2011
mohit007kumar00
I experience that many of our senior from electronics dept prefer ATMEL for final year embeded projects.
Is it easy to write a program for ATML ?
I don't think so. It is just because of the Ready reference code available for ATMEL and its easily available in market.
godfather
Right now collecting some pocket money for Arduino board. 😁

Ash, have you worked on Arduino?
Sorry for late reply. Yep, worked on it. Can be used in a lot of different projects.. the standardization of the shields helps tremendously.
Harshad Italiya
Harshad Italiya • Jul 15, 2011
ash
Sorry for late reply. Yep, worked on it. Can be used in a lot of different projects.. the standardization of the shields helps tremendously.
Great I will ask you for any help if required once I finalize the Arduino board. 😀

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