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Inexpensive microcontroller/microprocessor reccomendation

Discussion in 'Embedded' started by BitNybbler, Sep 7, 2003.

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    BitNybbler Guest

    Hi,here's my situation, I am currently taking a uni. class in embedded
    systems but we are using the very lame and expensive Board of
    Education with BASIC Stamp II. We are only allowed to experiment with
    these kits in lab, and I cannot afford one for home use so I was
    hoping someone might reccomend a very inexpensive chip/board that
    would be good for hobby use, building robots and the like. I would
    like one that is somewhat PC compatible because I know x86 assembly
    and C pretty well, but the 386ex and amd boards that I have been able
    to find are all very expensive. Many thanks for any input.
    BitNybbler, Sep 7, 2003
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    Rich Webb Guest

    Both Atmel and Microchip have free assembly development platforms for
    their chips (AVR and PIC, respectively). Both have inexpensive
    commercial C compilers and the AVR's are also supported by a gcc port.

    There are inexpensive programmers for both, as well as build-your-own
    plans on the web. You'll probably prefer to stick with the in-system
    programmable (ISP) varieties of each. Some of the more recent PICs are
    ISP-capable, all of the AVRs are.

    I suppose that the PIC would be more x86-like, what with the narrow,
    specialized register set and memory banks & pages. I think that you'll
    find the AVRs more comfortable. YMMV.
    Rich Webb, Sep 7, 2003
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  3. I have a "Homebrew Basic Stamp 2" which is $21. See

    However, the BasicX BX24 is a far more powerful device than the Basic
    Stamp. See http://www.phanderson.com/basicx/

    Peter H Anderson
    Peter H Anderson, Sep 8, 2003
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    Brian Guest

    Brian, Sep 8, 2003
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    Don McKenzie Guest

    have a look at:

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    Don McKenzie, Sep 8, 2003
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