16th April 2012 01:10 PM
ARM or MICROCHIP
Can you help me to find the differences between ARM and Microchip. I'm supposed to choose between both of them to program it in C and to justify my choice .
16th April 2012 01:18 PM
What are you trying to do with them?.
ARM is generally larger, faster, more powerful and more expensive.
Some PIC's are small enough and cheap to replace other cheap chips (such as 555 timers), with the higher ends ones still large , fast and powerful.
16th April 2012 01:25 PM
My project is to develop a sequencer based on microcontroller 32 bits. wich one is easier to program and to find the programmator in C ?
16th April 2012 01:45 PM
I can't help you with C, but what do you mean by a 'sequencer'?.
Originally Posted by bahya
16th April 2012 01:52 PM
a machine used to automatically produce a sequence !!
16th April 2012 03:46 PM
When you get to 32bit... ARM are the better devices.... You can get a C compiler for free (tons of libraries)... With pic the compiler is over£1000 to start with...
There is plenty of support for both chips.. and quite a bit of example software floating about..
16th April 2012 04:24 PM
MICROCHIP and ARM are companies not microcontrollers. Horses for courses. Based on your criteria to make a 'sequencer' which is not descriptive at all a simple 8bit PIC is all you need and would be the simplest and cheapest. This 'sequencer' application would need to be much more complex than it sounds to justify going to an ARM core device.
16th April 2012 04:42 PM
Coop Build Coordinator
I watched a Microchip video a while back and I think they said they would have free lite compilers for all of their chips. Do not recall them excluding the MIPs stuff.
Originally Posted by Ian Rogers
16th April 2012 05:29 PM
When I say free.... I don't mean a cut down lite version that doubles you data usage... I asked Microchip, about a year ago... Why would I choose to develop my new systems with the PIC32 series when I can have the ARM based system ... The compiler (I need the full compiler) costs around a grand..... The Gnu toolchain for ARM is free. Considering that the PIC24 and PIC32 toolchains are also based on the Gnu compilers.....Go figure.
Originally Posted by 3v0
Their reply was " Sorry the pricing mechanism has been set, no deals are available"..... Well I didn't choose PIC
Last edited by Ian Rogers; 16th April 2012 at 05:30 PM.
16th April 2012 06:10 PM
Coop Build Coordinator
Thanks for clearing that up Ian.
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