So, microcontrollers. What are they, how do I use them, where can I get them,and the likes. Oh, and is it possible to pull them off of circuits and stuff?
Question by LiquidLightning | last reply
Hey everyone. Long-time member of the site, but just now starting to get into microcontrollers. Looking for some help on choosing a good, easy line of microcontrollers/programmer (easy to use without sacrificing too much function) which would be good for someone new to microcontrollers. Would the ATTiny line of microcontrollers be any good, or would pic be better? Oh, I'm also a university student so cost of the microcontroller/programmer is something I'd like to keep low (if possible). Thanks to anyone who might be able to help me. Either respond here or send me a private message ... Thanks again :)
Topic by Murf | last reply
I'm looking for a cheap microcontroller that i can use to control at least 3 led's. All they have to do is flash very quickly at different speeds. I dont have any experience with microcontrollers but i do have limited programming knowledge. Suggestions?
Question by robbienakata | last reply
I have a few MSP430F5438IPZR microcontrollers from texas instruments, and i was wondering how to program them. I've seen things like the ghetto programmer and was hoping that i could do something similar. yes i am new at microcontrollers, i have done nothing with them, but would like to start. any help would be appriciated. MSP430F5438IPZR data sheet thanks EDIT: i would like to know how to connect it to the computer and then program it.
Question by matstermind | last reply
So I'm working on a project to build a binary clock style watch, though I have very limited experience and knowledge about circuitry and microcontrollers. As of right now I have found a relatively simple project on this site I wish to replicate and downsize to fit in the size of a watch. The design of the circuit is based off the layout in this project:https://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Binary-Clo...Now I have read up on microcontrollers and microprocessors. I also read some stuff about oscillators and how they can work to essentially synchronize the internal clocks of microcontrollers making them more accurate for clock uses. First is this true that a crystal oscillator can improve the accuracy of a microcontroller? And if so, how could I add a 16.000 Mhz crystal oscillator to the circuit presented above? (I want to use a 16.000 Mhz oscillator because the code written for the microcontroller is based on the 16 Mhz internal clock, so this should line up fine)Thanks if you can answer these questions!
Topic by Tman179 | last reply
Non of the online tutorials are helping me, How do i set a high/low output to a SPECIFIC pin on my AT2313 tiny??? All I fine alone is OUT PORTD,0xFF which sets ALL ports on portD to high 255 aka OFF. But How can i set like pin 4 (PD4 aka PortD 4) and not all portD? someone help me!!
Topic by Killa-X | last reply
Hi i got aPICkit 2 Debug Express kithttp://www.microchipdirect.com/productsearch.aspx?Keywords=PICkit+2+Debug+Expressand a PICkit 2 Low Pin Count Demo Board http://www.microchipdirect.com/productsearch.aspx?Keywords=DM164120-1for my birthday and i was wandering where can i go to get started with it and what can be created using them. all help will be greatful thanks =)
Topic by jimbojonesy | last reply
Hello. I'm just making my entrance into the world of microcontrollers. But as I self learning everything I have a few questions. I recently purchased 2 PICS (16F648A) and a programming board. The board works fine and I got it to connect to the computer and reconize the PIC. I guess my first question is, Is all hex code PIC specific? Meaning would I be able to use this code "http://www.voti.nl/blink/index_1.html#16F630" for my PIC? The models are very similar but not exact. If not, I would like to do the standard "Blink an LED" as my first project. How would I write my code for this PIC and what materials would I need? Thanks!
Topic by jefferson987 | last reply
Hi everyone I have got a MICROCHIP - PIC16F616 to play with, I am going to write a little program and load on it. http://onecall.farnell.com/microchip/pic16f616-i-p/8bit-flash-mcu-smd-16f616-dip14/dp/1332199?Ntt=1332199 However, I have a few questions before I do this. 1. How do I know whether language I should write? like C or Assembly? does it tell you in the datasheet (link above), because I don't seem to find it. 2. What kind of program do I need for loading the program into the chip? is it also an information I can find in the datasheet? or it is really some common sense between programmer. My supervisor doesn't offer much help... Extra question Here is the link of open programming, I am just curcious that if I build this programmer (I have one for my chip, but just wanna learn something), does it mean that I can use this to connect my microcontroller and my computer, so to load the program into the microcontroller? http://openprog.altervista.org/OP_eng.html Many thanks
Question by luckyvictor | last reply
Hiya guys is there anyone that can guide me to finding an instructable that deals with interaction in remote places using a micro-controller. For instance people in 2 different locations in the world, want to engage or enhance social bond or interaction by using a motion or proximity sensor and internet of things for instance triggering a sound or an led light that can be sensed in a remote location. So one location motion is detected and the other location this detection can also be seen, if that makes sense? For instance similar to this kind of project http://goodnightlamp.com/ Could this be done? Thanks
Topic by Snowcoat | last reply
How can I learn microcontrollers by using junk products.I have a VCD and it has a microcontroller but I cannot understand the circuit of this.So please give me some easy guides to learn.I am a beginner and I want to learn microcontrollers but I cannot buy any kits to learn this because I belong to rural area.But I found a junk VCD So I take all useful parts but the most thing that I want is the microcontroller of the VCD to learn.But the guides I found are not enough to learn this.So someone help me to learn microcontrollers by common junk products
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Question by KONARK1 | last reply
Can your microcontroller give me consistent random signals, and if so which microcontroller would that be? I need a microcontroller to send consistent, random signals for these applications: LED lighting/lasers micro gate valves/pumps and all these would be low voltage I look forward to hearing back from you! Thank you, best, Michael McGee firstname.lastname@example.org 415-307-5654
Question by mastermind.m2 | last reply
Any one know if Philips P87C51SBPN are re-programmable? I have a bag of used microcontrollers from a company changing their stock, but they all have something written to them. Was wondering if they were re-programmable and if I could sell them on Ebay as used. I know they are 8-bit microcontrollers. Here is the datasheet.
Question by jwoods10 | last reply
Hi,i am doing project on adxl335 and pic18f25k20,i am writting program in bascom language,as i am newly working on adxl335,so can pls tell me how to read analog output from the accelerometer(adxl335)...actually i want measure the angles ..and should give voice output from the apr9600 for each angle ...........pls help me..
Question by preme576
Hello I am a newbie to the world of microcontrollers and would be really grateful for some advice about choosing one. Basically, I’m doing a final year university engineering project that requires an MCU to take a number of analogue inputs, do some processing, and spit out an analogue output that will drive a loudspeaker. My supervisor has recommended looking at the Philips LPC2148 and associated development kits (http://www.olimex.com/dev/lpc-h2148.html) because it is cheap and looks able to fulfil the following requirements: I/O – three analogue inputs (so 3 ADCs), 3 digital inputs (two servos and a bus for programming the controller), and one analogue output (requiring a DAC either built into the development board, or one I could connect on an add-on board) Speed – a program size of about 500 floating pt operations, processing samples at a rate of up to 400/second, hence of the order 200,000 floating pt operations per second. I think the LPC2148 uses fixed pt arithmetic so would need to perform the equivalent of this in fixed pt. Support – in place debugging support would be desirable; ability to be run on Windows; overall hardware and software cost of £100 or less. Does this chip and its development tools look up to the job? If not, would you recommend an alternative? Are there any other major criteria I’m neglecting in the process of selecting a MCU? Many thanks, Sam
Topic by samtheengineer | last reply
In the past I have used various dev boards(Arduino,RasPi,Intel Edison, Particle Photon,etc) for projects. I am planning to make a couple of projects which DO NOT require the use of a Microcontroller. For some reason I have this mental blockade of innovative ideas which I can implement without using a Microcontroller. If you have any cool non-microcontroller based project ideas, share them in the comments below & I'll try to make an Instructable out of them.
Topic by Jonathanrjpereira | last reply
Hi all, about an year ago we faced a problem with a microcontrollers and how difficult were for us to use them in a simple home solar system. That was the reason to start our project Agilart (www.agilart.com) with the idea to make a simple web based program designer, where we can visually program the microcontrollers. Now we have the site (www.agilart.com), a short demo video of the idea (http://www.agilart.com/community-and-support/video-tutorials/agilart-getting-started), and a few blog posts where we have tried to give some more details about the project (http://www.agilart.com/blog). We also made microcontroller's part and open source project (http://www.agilart.com/blog/agilart-runtime-in-github). We have plans for open hardware project for microcontollers designed especially for Agilart and providing features on prices under Arduino with Ethernet shield. But why I'm telling you all this? Because we need your feedback and help. We would like to ask you to share what do you think about the approach we propose; what do you think about programming using block-diagrams; do you think you can use such approach yourself; do you need such tool or you prefer programming? This will help us test our hypothesis, to check whether what we think will be useful is actually useful or it is cool only in our heads. This will help us understand does it worth to go further or not. Our vision about Agilart is to provide an easy and intuitive way of working with microcontrollers even from people without technical background. We see it as open source/hardware projects combined with some paid services to cover R&D.; So, thank you for reading this and I will appreciate any feedback from you. Thanks in advance for your time. Ivan Dragoev
Topic by idragoev | last reply
I have an "ATMega328p" microcontroller with arduino bootloader burned on it but now i want to erase the bootloader so i can write the code in Embedded C and use an AVR ISP Programmer ,, i want to know how i wipe the bootloader from the chip ?? Thanks in advance
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What software should i use i have pony prog.
Question by ddeepu | last reply
I recently sent out for some RGB LED'S and most had 4 leads. For some reason a six lead light was included, and I can't seem to find a data sheet on it, or anything on the parallax and Arduino forums. I'm just learning about Microcontrollers, I've purchased 6 different books with all kinds of projects in them, unfortunately none of them speak of a 6 lead led. I really appreciate and help you can give a 51 year old newbie.
Question by danny59 | last reply
Our project coin automated changer. the user will insert 5 peso coin and it will dispense 5 (1 peso coins) by the use of programmable pic, is it possible? any suggestions? thanks.
Question by viennie | last reply
I have some pic12f675 chips laying around, but I have never used pic before. I have heard that they are very easy to program, and very useful. I have experience using arduino. does it use the same language, and can you use the arduino ide with it? as I said I am a beginner with these, so please include as much info as you can, and please leave links to some tutorials if you can. thanks in advance!
Question by Higgs Boson | last reply
Hi, i'm new to microcontrollers and I want to make a Usb powered and controlled 5 x 20 Led array using charlieplexing, and I have a few questions: - Is there only 1 led on at a time when charlieplexing? - What microcontroller should I use? - Is there a good instructable on connecting a USB to a microcontroller? (i've searched) - Does anyone have a suggestion for a programmer. Thank You, Sander
Topic by DELETED_svkatwijk | last reply
Hi all, I need to use a microcontroller for my project and am thinking of getting the arduino UNO R3 development board which composes of the ATmega328 microcontroller. I have to connect a small motor, a 16x2 LCD display and a miniature heating element to the arduino. I would like to know if the UNO R3 is suitable for my project. PS: I am very new and noob regarding microcontrollers
Topic by kurtselva | last reply
So I took apart a remote control for a cheap helicopter. There is a 14 pin microcontroller on board. Unfortunately it looks like any other 14 pin IC out there and there are no markings on it. Is there anyway to identify possibilities. For example if I mapped where each pin goes on the PCB. Luke pin one goes to the LED's, pin 2 goes to the joystick, etc. Is there any way to "read" the chip to figure out what it might be?
Question by MDheliMech | last reply
I need your help in my graduation project It is a smart home project in which i am using two PIC micro-controllers PIC16f877A for LCD & Keypad which is a way of devices control connected to the main micro PIC18f4550 i have problems in main micro code could you help me please I am trying to achieve multi way home automation with some security like fire system and recording camera . one micro for lcd and keypad connection. another to handle interrupts coming from different ways of devices control like keypad , GSM messages serially connected , C# windows application USB connected and remote. my code https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7jw0zvYc42cdmJPbGRzOWQ0MW8&authuser;=0
Question by AhmedA52 | last reply
What is the difference between a picaxe 08 microcontroller and a 08M microcontroller? is the 08m better? If so for what reason?
Question by Barramundi | last reply
I am an electronics hobbyist, and i really enjoy the arduino. AND THEN, I saw these microcontrollers on TV in a cat-turned-twitter-user project. could anyone tell me what they are? I recognice one of them as having an arduino underneath and I think its an ethernet shield on top. But what's the small one with the battery clip? Thanks in advance, pictures below (I think).
Question by thomasporter | last reply
I have a ready P89V51 board ready for a wireless system I'm designing.. I've heard of the IC called cc2500 manufactured by Texas Instruments..Does anyone know how to interface the module to a microcontroller and how to program it? I'm going to use it for communication of the microcontroller with my PC... Please do post links where I can learn more about this IC and where I can buy the module of this IC..
Question by Yashknowsbetter | last reply
Can i simply use 5v, gnd, RXD, TXD pin for programming? My boards image is attached with this question.
Question by ddeepu | last reply