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I used to agree, but there's now extraordinarily cheap cortex-m0 chips available too.

E.g. Freescale Cortex M0 for $1.09 in singles: http://www.digikey.ca/product-detail/en/MKL03Z8VFG4/MKL03Z8V...

Cheapest AVR (ATTiny4 for $1.36) http://www.digikey.ca/product-detail/en/ATTINY4-TSHR/ATTINY4...

Cheapest PIC (PIC10F200 for $0.60) http://www.digikey.ca/product-detail/en/PIC10F200T-I%2FOT/PI...

They're all at least in the same order of magnitude. And in my experience, arm-none-eabi-gcc is a way nicer development experience than MPLab or AVR Studio. avr-gcc is decent once you get it set up properly.




Right, but how hot does it get? I like my toast brown and crisp.


Hah, I have only once managed to get one hot, but its ability to simultaneously execute code was seriously compromised!




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