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Be a little wary of Avnet webinars. It seems you get heavily spammed afterwards. I'm not sure if anyone who registered for the FR5969 one ever got their dev kits.

http://forum.43oh.com/topic/5790-register-to-be-eligible-for-a-free-fram-mcu-dev-kit-bundles-courtesy-of-avnet-and-ti/

 

Why would anyone want to use an 8-bit microcontrollers these days when 16 and even 32 bit are cheap and low power?

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8051 (and derivatives) will not die as long as a) there are applications for it 2) it is cheap iii) there are legacy applications where there is no reason to replace it/recode -..) manufacturers keep upgrading the peripherals to meet new needs

 

That said, I haven't touched one in maybe 20 years. Or a PIC for a good 10.... I wasn't a great PIC fan when they hit the market, and still am not. Both architectures serve a purpose, and have done so for quite a few years, tho.

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Be a little wary of Avnet webinars. It seems you get heavily spammed afterwards. I'm not sure if anyone who registered for the FR5969 one ever got their dev kits.

 

AFAIK - no one got them.

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8051 (and derivatives) will not die as long as a) there are applications for it 2) it is cheap iii) there are legacy applications where there is no reason to replace it/recode -..) manufacturers keep upgrading the peripherals to meet new needs

 

I'm not sure it has to do with any of that.  You don't see the 8051 as a stand-alone part any more, you see it embedded into other chips.  In that realm, the 8051 has become the de-facto architecture and it will likely stay that way for some time to come.  I do suspect that at some point that ARM will supplant the 8051, and the only real question is when that will happen.

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Well, used my company email and haven't received any unexpected spam... just the typical emails from TI, Freescale, and a few vendors I've subscribed to... and reminders I need to get vaccinated before I can build any more cell sites Washington and Oregon hospitals.

 

Did get this from SiLabs though:

Someone will be reaching out to you shortly to get your shipping information for the EFM8 kit you won for answering the survey.

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Just got mine today :) A strange thing that I noticed is that one usb connector is a micro and the other is a mini, you would think that they would use one or the other but not both.

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@@nickn I have not gotten mine. I did get an email telling me a distributor would contact me for my address, but have not heard. Did you get contacted by a distributor, or did it just show up? Are you in the US?

 

Just got mine today :) A strange thing that I noticed is that one usb connector is a micro and the other is a mini, you would think that they would use one or the other but not both.

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@@SteveR After not receiving any emails for a week after the Webinar, I called Avnet and I eventually was transferred to somebody that knew what I was talking about and took my address.  I never got the email saying that a distributor would contact me for my address.  I do live in the US.

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