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What are popular new uC development kits?

Discussion in '8bit Microcontrollers' started by Bradley1234, Jan 10, 2005.

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  1. Bradley1234

    Bradley1234 Guest

    Why do I ask? Because Ive been away from microcontrollers for a few years
    and just dont know what is current or popular these days.

    My favorite architecture is the MCS-51

    But to get up to speed, a person needs SW development tools, some hardware
    to program the uC, and a proto board.

    Are there kits that will do some schematic capture and simulation around the
    uC, so that a person could quickly throw a design out, test it, then get
    circuit boards made?

    Right now Ive got limited design tools, one from Intel thats machine code
    level, a Keil C compiler eval CD, but must use wire wrap to build a proto
    system, connect a logic analyzer, fill an eprom with machine code, and see
    what happens. There has to be a better way.
  2. Ziggy

    Ziggy Guest

    Might check out the free tools from xilinx... while they make FPGA's
    they do have schematic capture/synthesis in their tool set.

    Could easily get an IPcore of a 51 and stick it in the FPGA.. Then add
    anything else on top..
  3. Bradley1234

    Bradley1234 Guest

    Thanks, I obtained a Xilinx design kit, will install it today or tomorrow
    and see how it works
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