# What is the cheapest mcu

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#### artem

##### Advanced Member level 4
cheepest mcu

Hi

I did udnerstand that issue , so I was in contact with guy who knew me already as I was in contact with him for another successful order .

Is it easy to find SDk and development tools for MSP430 and how well is IAR MSP compiler suited for this mcu ?

#### llrry

##### Junior Member level 2
mcu distributors

Probably the only thing you have to do is to make them believe that your order is real, not an estimation. For the cheapest 4 bit MCU you may consider about the Taiwan company, I cann't remember another application with 4bit MCU except the simple toy. They may have it, even without packaging.

#### luben111

##### Advanced Member level 1
4bit mcu compiler

Hello,

There is no hesitation that the cheapest uP is HOLTEK - for 3K words memory it become twice cheaper then Microchip. It has C compiler (payfree), IDE enviornment, ICE debugging tool.

#### guanchoon

##### Newbie level 6
cheap mcu

You mention cheapest mcu. I don't know if you ever think of chip-on-board kind of design (with black epoxy encapsulation). This should be even cheaper than package part

#### Taro

##### Full Member level 2
chipest so8 mcu

Have you ever try EPSON 4-bit microcontroller?

#### luben111

##### Advanced Member level 1

20 cents per die... don't tell me that you can get something cheaper then HOLTEK

#### MyRDS

##### Newbie level 6
4-bit mcu

20 cents by die ??? 8O 8O 8O
What's the frequency range ?

#### luben111

##### Advanced Member level 1
holtek cents die

12 MHz... 3 MIPS
But I'm talking about really big quantity

#### ME

##### Advanced Member level 4
holtek cents

artem said:
I have downloaded the EDN directory for microcontrollers 2003 , but when asked the Arrow for 100 K quote - their prices were much higher that stated in EDN directory . The cheapes AVR was about 1.6\$ against 0.60 stated in EDN in 10 K quantities quote got from Arrow .
Why it is the case ?
I belive the EDN 10 K prices are the prices directly from the manufacturer and not from a distributor.
When making big orders it is normally cheaper to order directly from the manufacturer than from a distributor like Arrow.

artem said:
Does someone have info about cheap mcu distributors ?
It all depends of in which country you company is located and what mcu you're talking about.

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