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STK200 and STK300 kits are ideal for learning about microcontrollers, whether you just have a project in mind or want to understand how to code. They are also great AVR development platforms, giving you simple, effective hardware and software.
Training kit with AVR board and AVR ISP plus training
Training kit with AVR board and AVR DRAGON emulator/programmer plus training
Training kit with 64 Pin AVR board and AVR DRAGON emulator/programmer plus training
Training kit with 64 Pin AVR board and AVR ISP programmer plus training
The STK200 AVR training kit is a flexible tool. It can be both
It is an ideal learning tool as it is easier to use than Atmel STK500, and includes lots of training material. Also, the AVR range from Atmel are probably the easiest devices to learn as their structure is simpler than Microchip PIC, which is the other widely used 8-bit microcontroller family.
The STK200 board supports 8, 20, 28 and 40-pin AVR microcontrollers and STK300 is for 64-pin TQFP ATmega devices. Both have a range of peripherals, including LEDS, switches, LCD interfaces, UART and ADC. Other modules, such as keypads and 7-segnment displays can easily be added, so you can use the kit to develop a project or learn all about coding.
|STK200 AVR Board||STK300 AVR Board|
The STK200 is the better choice of AVR board for simple training and development as it supports all devices up to 40-pin. STK300 uses 64-pin AVRs that are only required if you have a project that needs more then about 32 I/O pins or two serial ports.
The kits can be supplied with either an AVR ISP programmer or an AVR Dragon emulator depending on your budget.
These tools are available on their own if you already have an AVR board.
With all Kanda AVR starter kits you get these features
Kanda have been making STK200 and STK300 kits since 1996. They were the first starter kit for AVR, built in partnership with Atmel, and are still very popular. Over 50,000 of these boards have been sold, and the package is being uppdated and getting better all the time.
They are ideal for both training and development, so who uses them?
Atmel now sell their STK500 and STK600 microcontroller boards but both are complicated and hard to use. They support everything from 8-pin ATtiny devices to 100-pin ATmega and XMega devices, but this means that they are very hard to set up and you usually need to buy extra modules. They also don't include any training material. We keep it simple and our kits don't need any complicated setup and can be powered from emulator or programmer, so you don't need a power supply
The other option is Arduino. This is really a prototyping system and it is ideal for quick results, especially if your project or something very similar has already been done. But it won't teach you any of the basics of programming or how to write your own programs in assembly language or embedded C as it uses a simplified program called Wiring. Arduino even hides the fact that it uses an ATmega328 AVR device and you won't learn anything about development tools like AVRStudio or how to use a professional programmer or emulator.
STK500 or STK600 are good for advanced development on large processors like ARM, AVR-32 or Xmega but are over-complicated for learning about simple 8-bit microcontroller programming and Arduino hides everything from you. If you actually want to understand how to code microcontrollers, then STK200 or STK300 are your best bet.