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Microcontroller Trainers

Microcontrollers are used everywhere nowadays, even for very simple applications, because they often work out cheaper than discrete components. If any level of complexity is required, then using a microcontroller becomes essential.

So, how do you go about learning microcontrollers?

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STK200 Kit
Low cost AVR training kit

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PIC Starter Kit
Low cost PIC training kit

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STK200 DRAGON
Complete Debugging and training solution

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Learning Microcontrollers

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.


Which Microcontroller?

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

PIC versus AVR view avr versus pic debate



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.


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AVR Microcontroller Trainer
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AVR Microcontroller Trainer with ICE
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PIC Microcontroller Trainer
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Advanced PIC Microcontroller Trainer