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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by [email protected], Jun 20, 2007.

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  1. Guest

    I'm currently studying mechanical engineering, but I want to focus
    more on the robotics side of things. I'm looking into different
    microcontroller starter kits and I was wondering if anyone had any

    Right now I'm leaning towards one of the kits that Parallax offers.
    Has anyone had any experience with any of these kits? Are there
    better kits out there?
  2. BobG

    BobG Guest

    Read a little on and Atmel AVR
    processors are widely regarded as the fastest 8 bit microcontrollers,
    easy to program, several c compilers avail. Parallax uses Microchip
    PIC processores with a Basic interpreter. Easy to program, but the
    basic interpreter eats a lot of cycles out of the pic... already a
    little challenged because of its somewhat old architecture
  3. Jan Nielsen

    Jan Nielsen Guest

    I use PICAXE, its programmed in BASIC trough 2 resistors, so no
    expensive programmers.
    They arent fast, and its fairly limited what chips you can get, but
    programming them is fast :)

  4. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

  5. Peter

    Peter Guest

    Check out Rabbit Semiconductor and Futurlec.... What is that you like
    about the Parallax kits? That will help with suggesting options.

    Bear Technologies
  6. Larry Cates

    Larry Cates Guest

    Also checkout Microchip
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