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Per Westermark
12/13/10 06:12
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#180125 - Good hobby processor
Responding to: Andy Neil's previous message
Lots of hobbyists use the ARM processor.

Most buy cheaper evaluation boards for their projects. The cheapest alternatives are small boards looking very much like a USB thumb drive, but besides the USB interface that allows you to power the processor and debug it, you also have one or more pin headers and maybe a special expansion connector. Many buys more traditional evaluation boards where the board is powered either through USB or a wall wart, and where you have a naked board with either four rubber feets or four stand offs as feets. Some people buy very high-end boards with audio, CAN, display, ...

But with the availability of gcc, you have access to a great compiler for free. And huge amounts of both documentation about processor and tools, and also published projects people have implemented.

More skilled users also often buys the chips and makes own PCB. Either really makes the boards themselves, or just sends the CAD material to a PCB manufacturer. With a bit of care, a number of surface-mount chips can be hand-soldered with very simple means.

List of 44 messages in thread
TopicAuthorDate
[ARM] derivative choice      Stefan KAnev      12/09/10 08:18      
   an illusion      Erik Malund      12/09/10 08:44      
      ?      Stefan KAnev      12/09/10 10:25      
         Possibility      Andy Neil      12/09/10 10:34      
            pins and what they are      Erik Malund      12/09/10 11:31      
               the reason to differentiate is...      Jan Waclawek      12/09/10 15:46      
   None?      Andy Neil      12/09/10 09:38      
   There's no PDIP pins      JecksonS Ben      12/09/10 18:21      
   Product upgrade?      Kalpak Dabir      12/09/10 20:16      
      i'm not      Stefan KAnev      12/09/10 22:06      
   Nuvoton NuMicro M051      Valentin Angelovski      12/10/10 17:31      
      Don't see it [Ed]      Andy Neil      12/11/10 03:24      
         You cannot see it? c'mon! ;-)      Valentin Angelovski      12/11/10 04:59      
         pinout and compatibility      Jan Waclawek      12/11/10 05:45      
   arn is not for hobbies      JecksonS Ben      12/12/10 18:11      
      Oh yes it is!      Andy Neil      12/13/10 00:29      
         I didn't type      JecksonS Ben      12/13/10 01:16      
            Yes, you did!      Andy Neil      12/13/10 01:51      
               Good hobby processor      Per Westermark      12/13/10 06:12      
                  cheaper evaluation boards      Andy Neil      12/13/10 06:37      
                     Debugging support really is vital        Per Westermark      12/13/10 07:11      
                        debug      Andy Peters      12/16/10 15:38      
                           Arduino      Valentin Angelovski      12/23/10 17:59      
                              silabs equivalent to arduino      Andy Peters      12/27/10 10:52      
                                 Broad span of resources available      Per Westermark      12/27/10 12:16      
                                    absolutely, however      Erik Malund      12/28/10 06:50      
                                       Which means we must motivate people      Per Westermark      12/28/10 12:09      
                                          toolstick is cheaper      Maarten Brock      12/31/10 03:45      
                                    re: broad span      Andy Peters      12/28/10 10:33      
                                       Imagination      Per Westermark      12/28/10 11:53      
               I meant...      JecksonS Ben      12/16/10 18:01      
                  Not relevant      Andy Neil      12/16/10 18:10      
                     but      JecksonS Ben      12/16/10 23:14      
                        google      Stefan KAnev      12/16/10 23:20      
                           Solder all - then clean up      Per Westermark      12/17/10 01:17      
                              Agree ... it's all in the flux and wick      Richard Erlacher      12/17/10 15:51      
                           hard to solder      JecksonS Ben      12/17/10 23:39      
                              see 2 ways      Stefan KAnev      12/18/10 00:14      
                                 Hard to ...      JecksonS Ben      12/18/10 21:10      
                                    You just aren't listening, are you?      Andy Neil      12/19/10 09:01      
                                       hard or not      Erik Malund      12/19/10 17:02      
                                       re: just not listening      Andy Peters      12/23/10 11:16      
                              Don't solder pad for pad      Per Westermark      12/18/10 01:42      
                        oy      Andy Peters      12/23/10 11:14      

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