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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by [email protected], Apr 21, 2007.

  1. Guest

    Hi

    I am looking to build a prototype of some simple electronic equipment
    involving a v. simple microcontroller, some on/off input and simple
    output. I know some electronics and computer programming but nothing
    about (PIC) microcontrollers or other embedded electronic systems.

    Can anybody tell me of a newsgroup that might be best for this (if it
    isn't this one)?

    Where would I go if I wanted to pay someone else to make a simple
    electronic system of this sort?

    Thanks in advance

    Russ
     
  2. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    They're not *that* hard to understand if you have a decent working knowledge of
    electronics.

    Ditto.

    Graham
     
  3. Ken Moffett

    Ken Moffett Guest

    wrote in
    Russ,

    You might try a PICAXE microcontroller.

    http://www.rev-ed.co.uk/picaxe/

    They are Microchip PIC's with an onboard interpreter. They're
    programmed (free download sofware) in PBasic, and loaded
    directly through a seriel cable from your PC. They're cheap
    (relative to Basic Stamp micro's.), and have a lot of support
    documentation, as well as two good support forums (one on the
    company site, one on Yahoo), and several really good user web
    sites. The also come in 8-, 18-, 28-, and 40-pin versions.
    I've used the 8-pin chip in several projects to replace a lot
    of descreet components and logic chips. Since you "know some
    electronics and computer programming" these should work well
    for you.

    One caviat...these (and Basic Stamps) run on interpreted
    basic, so run slower than the equvalent compiled language
    programmed PIC.

    Ken
     
  4. jasen

    jasen Guest

    this one is good for beginners, and maybe (much later) comp.arch.embedded
    and sci.electronics.design for the really deep questions
    If you want someone you can meet in person you could try the yellow
    pages under electronic engineers. otherwise there are people here
    who will do preliminary design of interesting problems here for free.

    And same/others who will do contract work, most reqiure payment first,
    such is the nature of the internet.

    Bye.
    Jasen
     
  5. Given more information someone might be able to point you to an off the
    shelf solution.
     
  6. BobG

    BobG Guest

    Can anybody tell me of a newsgroup that might be best for this (if it=========================================
    Check out Avrfreaks.net.... the atmel avr is the coolest 8 bit
    microcontroller going... just ask any of the avt freaks themselves...
     
  7. Guest

  8. Russ,

    If you are interested in PICs, you may want to look at www.microchip.com.
    Lots of tutorials on the many hits you could get through Google.
    For starters:
    http://www.amqrp.org/elmer160/
    http://www.mikroe.com/en/books/picbook/picbook.htm

    Happy learning.

    Richard
     
  9. Mike_in_SD

    Mike_in_SD Guest

    (Richard Seriani) wrote in <Qq7Xh.101529$mJ1.22476
    @newsfe22.lga>:

    while guys are throwing their favorite micro's at you let me give
    my two cents.

    http://forums.basicmicro.net/

    the basic atom

    its like the basic stamp .. on steroids

    its only a little more expensive but has a ton of on board
    stuff .. like A-D coverters, and servo drivers, etc etc

    and its basic instruction set in the easiest I have seen.

    just take a look

    my two cents
    mike
     
  10. John

    John Guest

    I'll second this recommendation. I have a couple of useful projects
    built with PICAXE chips:
    http://www.picaxe.us/AV-fan.html
    http://www.picaxe.us/WaterLevel-08.html

    John
     
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