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Richard Erlacher
11/13/11 14:01
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Denver, Co
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#184719 - If you're really serious about this ...
Responding to: ???'s previous message
... that is, if you really want to do some electronics development at home, there are a few things you need to do first.

First of all, you need a good, not cheap, full-function digital multimeter capable of displaying both AC and DC voltage in the millivolts to, say, 1 kV, current from 200 uA to 10 Amperes, resistance from 2 ohms to 20 Megohms, and perhaps a few other functions. Get a good one and it will serve you for decades.

Another thing it's nearly impossible to do serious work without is an oscilloscope. Now, some folks will advise you to buy an eval-kit that costs more than that, but, believe me, unless you wish to limit your activities entirely to clumsy firmware generation, you really can't live without a dual channel dual timebase (for delayed sweep) oscilloscope with external and internal triggering and a third external trigger channel. I'd look at the spec's for a TEKTRONIX 465A as a really good example. It has 100 MHz bandwidth, which is really minimal for MCU work, and an excellent triggering circuit superior to any oscilloscope build after that model, even the TEKTRONIX 465B. A fully functional TEKTRONIX 465 has often sold on eBay for $100 or less.

Next, of course, is a good and reliable power supply. You can buy them or, with a little diligent effort and patience, you can build one yourself that's as good as any you can buy for 100x the price. The reason you need this is so you won't have to build a supply for every project you attempt.

Contact me via email for information and instructions on how to get some of this stuff for as little money as possible.

RE




Likewise, you'll need a good power supply so you won't have to build one for each project.

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TopicAuthorDate
How to write programs to internal memory with RS232???      Jacob Drake      11/11/11 00:56      
   What processor      Per Westermark      11/11/11 01:05      
      And the winner is...      Jacob Drake      11/11/11 11:13      
         fuggetabutit        Erik Malund      11/11/11 11:42      
            Hmmmmmm      Jacob Drake      11/11/11 11:53      
               sure there is      Erik Malund      11/11/11 12:15      
               Costly failure      Per Westermark      11/11/11 12:20      
                  Well, the UV thing confuses me...      Jacob Drake      11/11/11 12:26      
                     well, then ....      Erik Malund      11/11/11 12:56      
                     OTP or mask-programmed      Per Westermark      11/11/11 13:00      
                     Isn't that a clue?      Richard Erlacher      11/11/11 14:09      
                  Wrong! It won't work with THIS part!      Richard Erlacher      11/11/11 14:08      
                     8032      Per Westermark      11/11/11 14:39      
                        Actually ...      Richard Erlacher      11/11/11 23:50      
                           What situation would that be?        Per Westermark      11/12/11 05:25      
                              I think you're confusing two different parts.      Richard Erlacher      11/13/11 01:09      
                           There's the thing!      Andy Neil      11/12/11 05:37      
                              It all depends on what you mean by experienced.      Jacob Drake      11/12/11 12:54      
                                 RE: It all depends on what you mean by, "experienced"      Andy Neil      11/12/11 13:03      
                                    "Level" is such a relative term      Jacob Drake      11/12/11 17:35      
                              That's the reason      Richard Erlacher      11/13/11 01:15      
                        8032?      Jacob Drake      11/12/11 00:47      
                           Yes - but is it worth it?      Andy Neil      11/12/11 04:30      
                           It's a long, circuitous path ...      Richard Erlacher      11/13/11 01:24      
                     I have an external UV EPROM      Jacob Drake      11/12/11 00:38      
                        If you don't know that, ...      Andy Neil      11/12/11 04:35      
         Unless you have specific interest in vintage electronics ...      Andy Neil      11/11/11 13:13      
            So...I've made a decision..sorta      Jacob Drake      11/12/11 23:51      
               One step at a time      Andy Neil      11/13/11 00:21      
                  Any specific one though?      Jacob Drake      11/13/11 00:28      
                     This one?      Andy Neil      11/13/11 01:04      
         Not this one!        Richard Erlacher      11/11/11 13:55      
            Hmmm, a goal?      Jacob Drake      11/12/11 00:44      
               Wrong road!      Andy Neil      11/12/11 05:07      
                  Regarding knowledge of electronics.      Jacob Drake      11/12/11 12:57      
                     RE: "fourth grade"      Andy Neil      11/12/11 13:10      
                        RE:RE:Fourth grade      Jacob Drake      11/12/11 17:36      
               if the "self taught home-school class" refer to the archaric      Erik Malund      11/12/11 08:17      
                  When throwing out bathwater, take care to retain baby...      Andy Neil      11/12/11 10:16      
                     out of sheer nostalgia      Erik Malund      11/12/11 16:44      
                     It might, in fact, be a good thing to go back farther      Richard Erlacher      11/13/11 01:37      
                        Interesting      Jacob Drake      11/14/11 00:15      
                           You need to know much more about two things ...      Richard Erlacher      11/14/11 12:51      
                  About other processors      Jacob Drake      11/12/11 13:01      
                     The prices were on the page!      Andy Neil      11/12/11 13:07      
                     SiLabs Boards      Michael Karas      11/12/11 13:42      
                     Integrated      Per Westermark      11/12/11 14:57      
                     here      Erik Malund      11/12/11 16:34      
                        Code flash not always able to replace EEPROM      Per Westermark      11/12/11 16:56      
                           agreed      Erik Malund      11/12/11 17:24      
                              Yes      Jacob Drake      11/12/11 17:42      
                              Yes      Jacob Drake      11/12/11 17:42      
               Maybe a heretic idea...      Matthias Arndt      11/13/11 04:44      
                  There's a problem with these ...      Richard Erlacher      11/13/11 12:56      
                     Not for the intended purpose....      Matthias Arndt      11/14/11 00:49      
                        Single source        Per Westermark      11/14/11 01:02      
                           Just another chance.....      Michael Karas      11/14/11 04:46      
                        If you read his entire post ...      Richard Erlacher      11/14/11 13:00      
                           I have six other microprocessors that i found yesterday      Jacob Drake      11/14/11 13:12      
                              Well, this is not the PIC forum ...      Richard Erlacher      11/14/11 13:37      
                                 I was just saying...      Jacob Drake      11/14/11 15:02      
                              'found'stuff      Erik Malund      11/15/11 06:31      
                                 I have to agree, conditionally      Richard Erlacher      11/15/11 10:08      
                           learning about microcontrollers      Andy Neil      11/14/11 15:24      
                              Arduino is a very good choice if not going 8051 route        Per Westermark      11/14/11 16:54      
                              Careful, now ...      Richard Erlacher      11/15/11 10:38      
                     spend some $$$ on an already-assembled product      Andy Neil      11/14/11 15:14      
                        in for a penny, in for a pound ...      Richard Erlacher      11/15/11 10:57      
                           Still easier to learn to program before bringing up first hw      Per Westermark      11/15/11 11:26      
                              I'm not so sure ... maybe we'll just have to disagree      Richard Erlacher      11/16/11 11:32      
               If you're really serious about this ...      Richard Erlacher      11/13/11 14:01      
                  tools and such      Jacob Drake      11/14/11 09:58      
                     Well ... maybe your Dad can fill you in on some details      Richard Erlacher      11/14/11 13:13      
         re: 8052      Andy Peters      11/14/11 12:57      
            Switched      Per Westermark      11/14/11 13:18      
            no offense, but that's incorrect.      Richard Erlacher      11/14/11 13:24      

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