31 Oct '17, 11am

Chip Hall of Fame: Atmel ATmega8

Chip Hall of Fame: Atmel ATmega8

The ATmega8 comes from the AVR line of microcontrollers, originally developed in the early 1990s by two students at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Alf-Egil Bogen and Vegard Wollan. Microcontrollers differ from regular processors in that they typically have their own on-board program memory and RAM, rather than relying on external chips for these resources: They were already pretty common in embedded applications by the time Bogen and Wollan were in university, but the two students were unimpressed by the microcontrollers on the market at the time. “I found them very hard to use…. The learning curve to get to use them was hard; I found the development tools crappy. And also I saw that the performance of the products were not where I wanted it to be,” Bogen explained for an oral history. They decided to make a RISC-based processor (one that has a limited...

Full article: https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-history/silicon-revolution...

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