I loved Zilog chips back in the day of the Z80 and Z8.Woot! Woot! Honourable mention.
So sadly forgotten Zilog.
Everything I've seen about them is that they tend to be more of an experimenters chip. The best things I've seen with them are some nice video processing demo's. They do have some really nice features, but practically there's not a lot of use for those features.How come I don't hear much mention of the paralax propeller chips? I don't use them, but the people who work with MCUs at my university seem to love them. Aparently they're easy to use with a TV and they have multiple cores ("cogs") and they use them instead of interrupts since they can run simultaniously. I haven't used them so I don't know how that works.
anyway, cool news about the new chip features, I'll have to read up on that.