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What is an 8 bit Microcontroller?

An 8 bit microcontroller is a self-contained system with memory, a processor and peripherals that can be used as an embedded system. Most programmable 8 bit microcontrollers that are in use today are embedded in other machinery or consumer products including telephones, automobiles, household appliances as well as peripherals for computer systems. Therefore, another name for an 8 bit microcontroller is "embedded 8 bit controller." Some embedded systems are very sophisticated while others have minimal requirements for memory and programming length with a low software complexity. Input and output devices include relays, solenoids, switches, LCD displays and sensors for data such as temperature, light level or humidity.

Types of 8 bit Microcontrollers

There are many different kinds of programmable 8 bit microcontrollers and at Future Electronics we stock many of the most common types categorized by Flash size, RAM size, number of input/output lines, packaging type, speed and supply voltage. The parametric filters on our website can help refine your search results depending on the specifications required.

The most common sizes for RAM are 128 B, 192 B, 256 B, 368 B, 512 B, 768 B, 1 kB and 2 kB. We also carry 8 bit microcontrollers with RAM sizes up to 768 kB. Flash sizes can range from 8 B to 4 MB, with the most common sizes being 1.75 kB, 3.5 kB, 4 kB, 8 kB, 16 kB, 32 kB and 64 kB.

Programmable microcontrollers contain general purpose input/output pins, and their number can vary. The pins can be configured by software to an input or an output state. When these pins are configured to an input state, they can be used to read sensors or external signals. When they are configured to the output state, these pins can drive external devices such as LED displays and motors.

8 bit Microcontrollers From Future Electronics

Future Electronics has a full selection of programmable 8 bit microcontrollers, including pic, wireless, low power, LCD and USB microcontrollers from several manufacturers. Simply choose from the 8 bit microcontroller technical attributes below and your search results will quickly be narrowed to match your specific 8 bit microcontroller application needs.

If you have a preferred brand, we deal with several manufacturers such as Cypress, Microchip, NXP, Renesas Electronics, STMicroelectronics or Zilog. You can easily refine your 8 bit microcontroller product search results by clicking your preferred programmable 8 bit microcontroller brand below from our list of manufacturers.

Applications for 8 bit Microcontrollers:

Programmable 8 bit microcontrollers are designed to be used for embedded applications, contrary to microprocessors that can be found in PCs. 8 bit microcontrollers are used in automatically controlled devices including implantable medical devices, power tools, toys, office machines, engine control systems, remote controls, appliances as well as other types of embedded systems.

Choosing the Right 8 bit Microcontroller:

When you are looking for the right 8 bit microcontrollers, with the FutureElectronics.com parametric search, you can filter the results by various attributes: by RAM size (128 B, 256 B, 512 B, 768 B, 1 kB, …), Flash size (4 kB, 8 kB, 16 kB, 32 kB, 64 kB …), number of input lines (from 2 to 100 lines), speed (8 MHz, 20 MHz, 40 MHz, 48 MHz, 50 GHz, …) and supply voltage (up to 64V) to name a few. You will be able to find the right 8 bit pic, wireless, low power, LCD or USB microcontrollers using these filters.

8 bit Microcontrollers in Production Ready Packaging or R&D Quantities

If the quantity of 8 bit microcontrollers required is less than a full reel, we offer customers many of our programmable 8 bit microcontroller products in tube, tray or individual quantities that will avoid unneeded surplus.

In addition, Future Electronics offers clients a unique bonded inventory program that is designed to eliminate potential problems that may arise from an unpredictable supply of products containing raw metals and products with erratic or long lead times. Talk with your nearest Future Electronics branch and find out more on how you and your company can avoid possible shortages.

Future Electronics also offers clients a unique bonded inventory program designed in order to eliminate potential problems that can arise from an unpredictable supply of products that could contain raw metals and products with erratic or long lead times. Talk with your nearest Future Electronics branch and find out more on how you and your company can avoid possible shortages.





Featured 8 bit Microcontroller Products


Manufacturer Part Number Description
Cypress CY7C63413C-PVXC CY7C63 Series 256 B RAM 8 kB EPROM Low-Speed High I/O USB Controller - SSOP-48
Cypress CY7C63723C-SXC CY7C63 Series 256 B RAM 8 kB EPROM Low-Speed High I/O USB Controller - SSOP-48
Cypress CY8C27243-24PVXIT CY8C27 Series 256 B RAM 16 kB Flash PSoC® Programmable System-On-Chip™ - SSOP-20
Microchip PIC12F675-I/SN PIC12 Series 64 B RAM 1.75 kB Flash 8-Bit CMOS Microcontroller - SOIC-8
Microchip PIC16F684T-I/SL PIC16 Series 128 B RAM 2 kB Flash 8-Bit CMOS Microcontroller - SOIC-14
Microchip PIC16F628A-I/SO PIC16 Series 224 B RAM 3.5 kB Flash 8-Bit CMOS Microcontroller - SOIC-18
Microchip PIC16F616-I/ML PIC16 Series 128 B RAM 3.5 kB Flash 8-Bit CMOS Microcontroller - QFN-16
Microchip PIC18LF4620-I/PT PIC18 Series 3968 B RAM 64 kB Flash 8-Bit Enhanced Microcontroller - TQFP-44
Microchip PIC12F508-I/P PIC12 Series 25 B RAM 768 B Flash 8-Bit Flash Microcontroller - PDIP-8
Microchip PIC16F677-I/SS PIC16 Series 128 B RAM 2 kB Flash 8-Bit CMOS Microcontroller - SSOP-20
NXP P87C51RB2BA,512 P87C Series 8-Bit 16 KB ROM 512 Byte Ram 16 MHz Microcontroller - PLCC-44
NXP P80C32X2FN,112 P80C Series 8 Bit ROMless 256 Byte RAM Microcontroller - PDIP-44
NXP P87C58X2BN,112 P87C58 Series 8 Bit OTP w/32 KB ROM 33 MHz Microcontroller - PDIP-40
Renesas Electronics UPD78F0500MC-5A4-A 78K0/KB2 Series 8-bit 512 B RAM 8 K Flash 20 mHz Microcontroller - SSOP-30
STMicroelectronics ST62T25CM6 ST62T Series 8-bit 64 B RAM 4 KB ProgRam Memory Microcontroller - SOIC-28
STMicroelectronics STR911FAM42X6 ST62T Series 8-bit 128 B RAM 3.8 KB ProgRam Memory Microcontroller - SOIC-20
Zilog Z84C4406VEG Z84C44 Series 6 MHz 5 V Surface Mount Serial Input/Output Controller - PLCC-44
Zilog Z84C4006PEG Z84C40 Series 6 MHz 5 V Through Hole Serial Input/Output Controller - PDIP-40
Zilog Z8018008VSG Z80180 Series 8 MHz 5 V Surface Mount 8-Bit Microprocessor Unit - PLCC-68
Zilog Z8F1680AN020SG Z8 Encore! XP® F1680 Series 2 kB RAM 16 kB Flash Microcontroller - LQFP-44

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