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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?

Popular Products

STK200 Kit
STK200 AVR Training Kit picture

Low cost training kit for AVR microcontrollers with USB AVRISP, board and training material

Low Cost PIC Kit
pickit programmer and board

Best value PIC board on the market, with PICKit3 debugger and programmer

STK200 AVR Dragon
STK200 Dragon Kit picture

Complete training kit for AVR microcontrollers with AVR Dragon ICE and Programmer

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

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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