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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Michael, Mar 15, 2007.

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  1. Michael

    Michael Guest

    I'm looking to purchase a development board for PIC MCU's. I would
    prefer one which would program any of the 8 bit MCU's and also have a
    breadboard for other components or one that could easily be connected
    with a breadboard.

    Something like this:

    http://www.hobbyengineering.com/H1764.html

    that supports all the 8 bit MCU's.

    Anybody know of something like that?
     
  2. That's pretty neat, but it won't program the chips. You still have to have
    another programmer. The proto area is pretty small too, but probably ok for
    starting out since it has support circuitry already installed external to
    the proto board.

    I use an melabs USB programmer. It's not real cheap, but it programs allot
    of different PIC chips. It does HVP and is powered by the USB port. They
    also sell a dev board kit called the Lab-X. It's more expensive than the
    one at hobbyengineering, but it will connect straight to the programmer so
    you don't have to plug/unplug the chip over and over. A bootloader is
    another option for programming it, but you have to get one loaded in
    initially.
    www.melabs.com

    That all said, I use my melabs programmer and seperate solderless
    breadboards for most of my tinkering. You'd be amazed at how fast you can
    use up the space on a breadboard when you start making your own projects. I
    think you'd quickly appreciate a much larger work area.
     
  3. linnix

    linnix Guest

    That would be good 20 years ago, when everything was in DIPs.
    Nowaday, you can hardly find any chip that can plug into it.
    That would be tough for most micros without NDA.
    I am having a hard time even with existing specs (supposedly open).
    There are always some minor details not disclosed without NDA.
    It takes lot of resources to do it for all micros, and the results
    would not be cheap. Hardware for a general purpose programmer
    is cheap, but the software is not.
     
  4. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Actually many versions of the latest MSP430 family (F2xxx) are now
    available in DIP. I guess TI realized that this is the only way to serve
    the rock-bottom cost designs on phenolic board. There are tons of new
    products brought out on single oder double-sided phenolic. Even complete
    TV sets. I guess I am also guilty of a few...
     
  5. Guest

    Like Anthony Fremont, go with the MELabs, Check it out:
    http://www.melabs.com/products/bundles.htm
    Look at LAB-X2 Bundle with U2 Programmer - $179.95
    But you need the sw too, Add PICBASIC™ Compiler for only $89.95
    Not cheap, but worth it.
    Hate to say it, but if your really brand new to uCs, get a BasicStamp
    kit for ~$80, burn thru it, then you'll be able to decide on a step
    up.
     
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