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Teach yourself kit on how to use capacitors and resistors

  1. Aug 31, 2009 #1
    So i decided to get this teach yourself kit on how to use capacitors and resistors and a stamp chip or something like that. Its working great and i'm making LED's flash and stuff...but it uses a serial interface to load the program I make into the stamp.

    My question is, if i have a real thing made without using a breadboard then how to I get the program loaded onto the chip? also does each micro-controller have its own software to make programs?

    P.S. anyone know where I can buy a bigger breadboard? this one was designed specifically for this kit...i kinda want a big one to start a cooler project :)
     
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  3. Aug 31, 2009 #2

    negitron

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    Re: Microcontrollers

    Depends on the microcontroller, but in general most of the mid- to high-end ones support ICSP (in-circuit serial programming). To use this, you include some form of wire-to-board connector, such as a pin header or RJ-type modular jack, with traces going to the pins required for ICSP programming (typically 5 or 6 pins). You'll also need a programmer capable of ICSP programming.
     
  4. Aug 31, 2009 #3
    Re: Microcontrollers

    Whats the difference between a PIC programmer and a ICSP programmer
     
  5. Aug 31, 2009 #4

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    Re: Microcontrollers

    PIC is a specific brand of microcontroller. A programmer for PIC uCs may or may not support ICSP programming.
     
  6. Sep 1, 2009 #5

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    Re: Microcontrollers

    We had a very similar thread a couple of weeks ago.

    You might like to click on this:
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=331073
    and read through it.

    Picaxe chips are the obvious choice and the language is almost identical to Stamp but at a fraction of the cost.
    They do on-board proramming with a simple cable.

    There are other suggestions in that thread, too.
     
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