LPC810 as NE555 or as Capacitance Meter
The new LPC810 from NXP is an ARM Cortex-M0+ based microcontroller in an 8-pin DIP package. It is also very cheap, although not as cheap as the NE555 in quantities (I quickly checked AVNET, the NE555 in a DIP8 package seems to cost about 10 dollar cents in volume). The NE555 needs a few external parts to work; the LPC810 has to be programmed, which of course adds to the production costs.
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