Low cost training kit for AVR microcontrollers with USB AVRISP, board and training material
Low Cost PIC Kit
Best value PIC board on the market, with PICKit3 debugger and programmer
STK200 AVR Dragon
Complete training kit for AVR microcontrollers with AVR Dragon ICE and Programmer
Kanda have been producing microcontroller trainers for almost 20 years, and they
are used all over the world, in colleges and universities and by hobbyists and
training companies. A lot of Kanda boards are still in use after 15 years, which
is a testament to their build quality.
Kanda have written their own books to accompany their microcontroller training kits
and guide the learning process, along with full schematics, sample code (C and Assembler),
full documentation and datasheets. All development software needed is also supplied to
give a complete kit.
The two most popular microcontrollers for general use are PIC and AVR. There are a lot
of other good microcontrollers out there, but these two are the best choice to use to learn
about microcontrollers because of their widespread use. This means that they are cheap and
easily available everywhere, tools are much cheaper and there is a huge amount of information
on the web about using them.
If you are not sure which one to use, have a look at our PIC versus AVR page
Kanda Microcontroller Trainers
The aim of all Kanda trainers is to give you the basics, so that after starting from scratch,
you can understand the information that is available on the Internet. A simple low cost
microcontroller trainer can not teach you everything about the subject, but it gives you
a start. It teaches you about numbering systems, logic, microcontrollers and code programming, plus
how to use the development tools, often the hardest part.
Once you have learnt all the basics, the microcontroller trainer gives you the hardware
needed to develop your own projects. There is lots of information, including sample code and
hardware schematics, on a huge range of topics from robots to instruments that you will be able to tap into.
Further reading and study may be required on electronics and circuit design depending on your previous
experience but Kanda aim to give you an excellent start.