Embedded Insiders Podcast: The Immortal 8-bit

By Perry Cohen

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

February 12, 2021

Embedded Insiders Podcast: The Immortal 8-bit

In this edition of the Embedded Insiders, Brandon and Rich discuss factors and use cases that have kept the 8-bit MCU alive much longer than anyone expected.


After, Brandon is joined by Steve Kennelly, 8-bit Business Unit Manager, at Microchip Technology, to continue the discussion. Surprisingly, the company is still developing NEW low cost, low power 8-bit MCUs. But, why? And how long will that market continue to hold?

Finally, in this week’s Tech Market Madness, Perry investigates how the COVID-19 pandemic affected supply chains in the electronic component market, sourcing industry data from Supplyframe that suggests technology procurement is headed for a self-service, e-commerce, Amazon-like model.

Tune in to learn what’s been happening in theses markets, and what you can expect in the future.

Perry Cohen, associate editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content editing and creation, podcast production, and social media efforts. Perry has been published on both local and national news platforms including KTAR.com (Phoenix), ArizonaSports.com (Phoenix), AZFamily.com, Cronkite News, and MLB/MiLB among others. Perry received a BA in Journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State university.

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