Is the 8-bit MCU dead? No. And if you take a look at Microchip Technology’s PIC16F(LF)178x family, it’s clear that it will be around for a long time to come.
Microchip Technology announced Monday from Design West in San Jose, CA, that it “expanded its 8-bit PIC16F(LF)178X midrange core MCU family to include advanced analog and integrated communication peripherals, such as on-chip 12-bit analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), 8-bit digital-to-analog converters (DACs), operational amplifiers, and high-speed comparators, along with EUSART (including LIN), I2C, and SPI interface peripherals.”
Microchip claims the low power consumption and advanced analog and digital integration make the MCUs (28- and 40-pin packages) well suited for lighting (LED), battery management, motor control, and more.
Check out the specs and more details at www.microchip.com/pagehandler/en-us/family/8bit/.