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bertkdowns

Posted: 6 October 2017 7:47 PM
 

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Hey, I've mainly done picaxe, but I'm interested in trying some other microcontrollers. Of course I am going to do arduino, but I've been wondering.. what is a pic microcontroller like compared to either of them? how much info there is on them online, how easy it is to set up and program one, advantages/disadvantages, and anything else that could be useful to know. 

Thanks in advance:

Bert


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What's gonna work? A micro controller.

Ross

Posted: 9 October 2017 6:41 PM
 

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Hi Bert

Have you been interested in getting into other languages such as C, C+ or C#?

The best micro after the PICAXE I know is cheap, popular and very versatile- these are the Atmel chips such as the AT Tiny range

If you can get into these you are learning what you need to know if you want a job in the hi-tech or IT industry

http://www.atmel.com/products/microcontrollers/avr/tinyavr.aspx 

www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Program-An-At-Tiny/ Q

Quite a few Bright Sparks have used these in more ambitious projects.

Cheers

Ross

 



joe_ivp

Posted: 9 October 2017 11:27 PM
 

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Hi Bert,

a PICAXE is generally OK for most hobbyist or non-demanding applications. The program commands, memory and access to internal modules (like serial, I2C, ADC etc) have been well-tested, are easy to use and there's a good PICAXE community. The new PICAXEs can take advantage of the high-speed internal oscillators of the PICs they are based on.

Here's the datasheet for the PIC12F1822, which I believe is the PIC under the 08M2 label

http://ww1.microchip.com/downloads/en/DeviceDoc/40001413E.pdf

Google for phrases like picaxe vs pic

"Why would one use a PIC vs PICAXE?" (a bit old)

http://www.picaxeforum.co.uk/showthread.php?7269-Why-would-one-use-a-PIC-vs-PICAXE

I've looked around for PICAXE vs PIC/AVR benchmarks (execution times of tasks) but haven't found anything modern.

The range of bare micros like PICs and AVRs is enormous, with some very large (100 pins +) and/or specialised devices for display or motor driving or powerful numeric processing at 32-bit, which aren't available in the PICAXE range, it's not their market.

http://www.microchip.com/.

 

I think basically it's worthwhile investigating PIC/AVR if you plan to move into micros which you can command at the silicon level. This gives you absolute control over what the micro does. And it's not particularly difficult. If you can structure a program then the language is somewhat irrelevant

Joe



Andrew H

Posted: 11 October 2017 12:01 PM
 

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All systems are good esp if you do a little digging and R&d and spend some time 'getting into it'  Even I am forcing myself to do a python course so I can crack into python since it is becoming an increasingly popular code / platform.  Pi Zero (blue tooth and wifi on PCB now) are amazing...  a desktop computer on your breadboard.  Use VNC to access the desktop !


Picaxe I like as they are simple and fun.

Like this :
Art = https://photos.app.goo.gl/h8rh9pezkksBiRBr1

Intermediate Level Projects = https://goo.gl/photos/ir6L4iy82jWXvZHR7

If you look in there then you will see some pretty cool IoT / Data Logging projects that need just 6 lines of basic code.

Heaps of resources and help via there site so you can create Original stuff rather than copy other projects ;)

http://www.picaxe.com/

~ Andrew



bertkdowns

Posted: 13 October 2017 1:20 PM
 

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I'm quite happy to get into other languages, and have used c++ and c# before in arduino and unity.

So it seems like picaxe is great for teaching people to do things and other basic programs, but pic or atmel is much better for more speed and more control...

Pi seems great for IoT, like arduino. 

I guess i'll just work on trying them all!?!


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Ross

Posted: 16 October 2017 8:00 PM
 

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I thought your LCD game was pretty good as an extension of what PICAXE can do. Well done!

Ross



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