Alf & Vegard’s RISC processor was created while they where students at NTH in Trondheim, Norway back in 1996. It has since become one of the most popular MCU’s worldwide. It’s foremost competition was Microchip’s PIC series, so it’s ironic that it’s now Microchip that own Atmel (and AVR). Even more ironic that while Atmel ruled we received rumours from the team that Atmel was in the process of ditching their 8 bits. Now we see new 8 bit AVR’s hitting the marked again.
Happy 20 year anniversary!