Microcontroller TrainersMicrocontrollers 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 one becomes essential.
So, how do you go about learning about them?
PIC Starter Kit
Kanda have been producing microcontroller starters 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, covering all microcontroller basics.
The two most popular microcontrollers for general use are PIC and AVR. There are a lot of other good devices out there, but these two are the best choice to use to learn about them 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
The aim of all Kanda microcontroller training 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 trainer can not teach you everything about the subject, but it gives you a start. It teaches you about numbering systems, logic, code programming, plus how to use the development tools, often the hardest part.
Once you have learnt all the basics, the microcontroller training kit 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.
Microcontroller training with Kanda
We aim to supply everything you need to get started. Our kits all include a complete hardware board and either a programmer or an emulator (or both) to let you program code into the device. A programmer is used to load code into your target device so your program will run. If it doesn't work them you can run it in the simulator provided with AVRStudio or PIC MPLAB development environments to find the problem. An emulator, like AVR dragon or PICKit2, can step through your program in the development environment while it runs on the target, which is more accurate than the simulator. The training is based around a book to get you going from scratch. At the end you will understand how to program a device in assembly language or C and how to start building your own projects.
AVR Trainer with ICE
Advanced PIC Trainer