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By stevech
Looking at histor for other acquisitions, the acquisition or merger will kill most of Atmel's products, as cultures collide.

Look at the Motorola spin-out that killed the 68000 family.
The IBM actions that effectively abolished the PowerPC.

And many lesser ones in the microcomputer world.

I hope not, as Atmel's architecture and pretty bug-free chips are a great thing.
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By leon_heller
Freescale still uses the 68000 architecture.

By johankrava
I just hope that AVRs will stay. AVR microcontrollers like PIC microcontrollers have a huge community.
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By leon_heller
Unlike Atmel, Microchip never kills off older devices.

By rmteo1
leon_heller wrote:Unlike Atmel, Microchip never kills off older devices.

Great stategy - keeps their existing customers happy and probably makes good money for MicroChip. Take the PIC16F84A as an example. You can still get it if you want but you pay a hefty price for it. A PIC24FJ will give probably 10x the performance for about half the price of an 84A. :lol: