Beyond Price: How to Assess the Real Value of an 8-bit MCU

Today’s 8-bit MCUs still hold a large portion of the overall microcontroller (MCU) market, despite competition and strong market share gains from newer platforms like Arm Cortex-M processors. The continuing strength of 8-bit MCUs in the embedded market rests on multiple factors: low cost, simplicity, quick control capabilities and mature ecosystems with a ubiquitous tool base. When looking at low-cost 8-bit MCUs for an embedded design, there are many good options with similar prices and feature sets, but which is the best? Here are a few important considerations that will ultimately reveal the real price of an 8-bit MCU.