Author Topic: Why aren't dsPICs more popular?  (Read 1504 times)

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Offline szhangTopic starter

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Why aren't dsPICs more popular?
« on: July 07, 2008, 04:54:41 PM »
So i've all but decided to use dsPICs for my next robot, and while googling online I found that these chips are surprisingly unpopular.  I mean, compared to normal PICs or even AVRs, they are quite a bit more powerful (especially if you count the dsp stuff), they have a fairly good architecture compared to the pic16/pic18 family, and you can get a free compiler (gcc port, though less optimization for the free version).

The only thing I find that could hold people back is the programmer, but PICkit 2 isn't prohibitively expensive.

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Re: Why aren't dsPICs more popular?
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2008, 09:50:51 AM »
I don't know why they are not as popular, but I have used them in a few projects where PIC were not enough. I had no problems. It worked a lot like a PIC except it is a 16 bit processor not 8 bit.


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