You don't need a lot of hardware round an 8052 to be able to use it. You need crystal, two capacitors and a reset chip ideally. It will need a MAX202 or equivalent to drive a serial port connection. This particular flavour of 8052 needs to be SPI programmed, like the Arduino, and I wouldn't recommend it as a beginning processor for that reason. An NXP p89V51 can be programmed over a standard serial connection MUCH easier. Steve
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In order to do what with it? Program it? See the sections describing "programming the flash and EPROM", along with the later sections on serial and parallel control. There's probably a development card/environment for this, though it may not be cheap enough for a low-budget hobbyist.