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DPRG: Real good riddle.

Subject: DPRG: Real good riddle.
From: Sean Jones shain at noln.com
Date: Sat Jul 26 13:07:05 CDT 1997


If you want to get into robotics, a good microcontroller for you mite be
a basic stamp.  There easy to program, and is very good for beginners.
But the bad things is that it has between 8-16 i/o ports (8 on stamp 1,
16 on stamp 2).  Alot of people use the stamp to start off with.
Although it is a little pricey, you may want to check it out.

Sean (shain at noln.com)

Kevin Ross wrote:

> If you are planning on building robots, and haven't built anything
> else
> before, I would probably recommend that you NOT try the PIC chip right
> off
> the bat. Why?
> 1) You end up having to buy programming hardware, as you described
> below.
> 2) The PIC chips are outstanding microcontrollers, but are not very
> feature
> rich. You need to understand exactly what you are getting. There are
> larger
> chips available, but the EPIC Plus programmer may not support them.
> 3) RISC instruction sets are actually a poor choice as your first
> assembler
> language to learn. The require some expertise to get started with.
> A quick price comparison:
> >
> > PBasic compiler,($99 when purchased alone)
> > EPIC Plus Programmer($60but that is only a programmer, with no
> cables or
> > adapter. The one with the 40 pin adapter and cables and AC adapter
> costs
> > $99)
> > AC Adapter($10)
> > 25 Pin cable($10)
> > PIC Proto18 ($10)
> > PIC16F84 ($7)
> 68HC812E2 ($18)
>         Has A/D
>         Has 24 I/O pins
>         Has Serial I/O built in
>         Has timer section
>         Has 2k EEPROM
>         Has 256 bytes RAM
> BotBoard I ($6 for board, about $6 for misc parts)
> Serial Cable (MAX232 + connectors = $5)
> SBasic compiler (Free)
> Assembler (Free)
> Battery Driven ($3)
> Micro-C, a mid-featured C compiler
> PCBUG11, a good downloader/debugger is free
> Point being: You can have a complete development system, including a
> very
> useful controller board, for about $50.
> If you really do want to get started with the PIC, I would strongly
> suggest
> getting the Microchip PICStart Plus. I have one and it is great. It
> comes
> with some software called MPLAB which is a Windows based IDE
> environment,
> complete with simulator, debugger, editor, and supports downloading.
> Easily
> one of the best integrated development systems I have seen. The
> PICStart
> Plus handles all DIP parts up to 40 pins. Costs $149 from several
> vendors.
> Even if you don't own a PIC, you can download the MPLAB software from
> Microchip and play around with the assembler using the simulator. I
> programmed up and debugged a large project using the simulator before
> the
> hardware was ever built. The software dropped on the chip already
> working,
> which was REALLY nice. Check out there website and download it.
> Microchip has a travelling seminar about the PIC chips. You might
> check
> there website to see if it is going to be in your area anytime soon.
> It
> costs $149, but it comes with the PICStart Plus, data books, 16C84
> sample
> chips, and a good overview of the PIC architecture.


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