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16F877 Development board suggestions ?

Discussion in 'Hobby Electronics' started by Andrew Rich, Dec 18, 2006.

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  1. Andrew Rich

    Andrew Rich Guest

    Any one suggest a good 16F877A devel board ?

    I see futurelec have a nice one .

    Cheers

    Andrew
     
  2. Chris Baird

    Chris Baird Guest

    I see futurelec have a nice one .

    I've yet to see anyone say anything good about Futurlec. The place
    doesn't even have an ARBN, which is a warning sign.
     
  3. budgie

    budgie Guest

    What's an ARBN for a Thai outfit?
     
  4. rebel

    rebel Guest

    Have been looking at that one myself. Note it only comes with the slower ($MHz
    IIRC) processor, but they stock the 20 and *might* be persuaded to swap
    processors at a price difference.
     
  5. Al  Borowski

    Al Borowski Guest

    Futurlec are cheap, but take far too long to ship in my experience. I
    recommend Soanar: https://www.soanarplus.com/default.jsp?xcid=1

    Cheers,

    Al
     
  6. Last I checked sonar did not do microchip, but that was a few years
    ago :)
    My suggestion would be to visit www.microchip.com and buy a devel kit
    from them. That way you get all the app notes to fit.
     
  7. Al  Borowski

    Al Borowski Guest

    Oops, you're right - they don't sell PIC dev boards. I must have AVRs
    on the brain :)

    Soanar are still great for general components, but only sell a handful
    of PICs (the prices are quite reasonable - $8.30 for an '877, compared
    to $13 at Jaycar) Still I would avoid Futurlec unless you don't mind
    waiting ages.

    Have you considered Olimex? http://www.olimex.com/dev/pic-mt-usb.html
    costs about 45 bucks Australian, and you get a backlit LCD with a USB
    connection.

    Cheers,

    Al
     
  8. Alex Gibson

    Alex Gibson Guest

    What features are you after ?

    Also as the 16f877 and 16f877a are pin compatable

    For nice boards I like the ethernet / wireless boards from
    http://www.edtp.com/
    but you'll need an icd of some sort for programming.

    The futurlec board is quite good.
    Just the orders can take a while sometimes(month or two).

    The programming software can be annoying to get working on some computers.
    Works fine on some and not on others.

    They are good if you are not in a hurry.
    I use a few of their arm and avr stamp boards.

    Futurlec has some quite good boards but the software to go with them
    means they are not the best for beginners.
    Helps to have an alternative method of programming the micro in case you get
    stuck with the supplied software.

    With pics , I have a microchip icd2 and for dip chips a k150 with zif,
    for avr's an atmel isp2 programmer + stk500.


    The olimex boards are similar but depending on where you order from , you
    can get them in a few days.
    http://www.dontronics-shop.com/product.php?productid=16531&cat=356&page=1
    http://www.dontronics-shop.com/product.php?productid=16527&cat=355&page=1
    http://www.dontronics-shop.com/product.php?productid=16528&cat=355&page=1

    Whatever board you get , make sure to get the correct programmer /
    programming cable for it.

    A good way to speed up your learning is to
    get the dip version of the chips and a programmer like
    the k150 from kitsrus and build your circuits on a bread board.
    Get a programmer with a zif socket.

    You would be surprised how much faster you learn (and more careful you
    become)
    when you have to hook everything up yourself
    (and draw the schematic and hook up diagram).

    Its easy to see which students have learned via bread boarding and those
    that have
    never done any when running a lab tutorial class at uni.
    See some really amusing and weird things.

    Alex
     
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