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Old Jan 21, 2002, 12:00 AM
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AVRs are much better value for money - here the 18 pin pics are upwards of AU$15 each, whereas the 20-pin AVRs are AU$5 each. They have more memory, higher clock speeds, better instruction set (allowing even more program to be packed in), the IO pins are configurable either way, instead of some in some out like PICs seem to have, and besides, a very very easy programmer can be built for a couple of dollars. I'm a very price-minded person so I opted for the cheapest solution to getting into MCUs, and AVRs seemed to be just that.

Heck, for the price of an 18-pin PIC I can get the top of the range AVR without going into ATMEGA chips, the AT90S8535 (40 pins, a heap of ADC pins, 2 external interrupts, analog comparators, the lot).
I urge everyone to check em out, they're great.
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