The Big Microcontroller Question

Which 8-bit Flash microcontroller? Atmel AVR, Dallas 8051-based or Motorola, er, Freescale?

In a series of articles, in no specific order, I will be evaluating these three families based on various criteria:

  • Features
  • Helfulness of manufacturer
  • Ease/cost of programming
  • Development toolchain

Note that cost is not a consideration – this is all about the impact on me (or anyone else) as a developer without the resources of a large company.