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2019/12/12 07:27:29 (permalink)
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Best Development Board For a Course

Hello
I need an 8bit board with programmer and debugger on board for a course I'm going to teach.  I reviewed the curiosity boards (LPC and HPC) and realize they would be sufficient except that they don't have a UART over USB option unless purchasing the appropriate Mikroe click board.
 
  Here are the features I'm looking for:
  • debugger, programmer
  • Uart/USB
  • potentiometer
  • at least 4 leds (8 preferred)
  • at least one button (switch)
Does anyone know if the Xpress series of boards have debuggers on them?
thanks,
Shawn
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    katela
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    Re: Best Development Board For a Course 2019/12/12 08:06:55 (permalink)
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    If price is not an issue, you can consider the Explora 8 Development board or 

    Free online Microcontroller Tutorials and Projects for Hobbyists and students. From beginners to advanced. Website: www.studentcompanion.co.za
    YouTube Tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/StudentCompanionSA
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    Re: Best Development Board For a Course 2019/12/12 10:58:52 (permalink)
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    Wanna try an Arduino-compatible board featuring dsPIC dual core? :)
     
    http://myprivatelittlepic.../thread/22/forgetivrea
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    Re: Best Development Board For a Course 2020/04/29 10:51:21 (permalink)
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    I would also suggest curiosity nano boards, they have UART over USB and in-built debugger and prgrammer. However the number of LEDs may be a limiting factor. 
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    Re: Best Development Board For a Course 2020/04/29 16:46:42 (permalink)
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    Hi,
    For a little more money you have the curiosity boards, which I personally like a lot.
    Regards
     
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    Re: Best Development Board For a Course 2020/04/29 23:14:29 (permalink)
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    You might consider having students build their own prototype board, or use a kit, which can also teach soldering and prototyping skills. You would also need to supply a PICkit3 (or 4), which would also be generally useful to students for further design and development work. Here is a fairly complete kit of common parts and a prototyping board for about $15 that should be able to accommodate most Microchip devices in DIP packages:
     
    https://usa.banggood.com/HW-471-51-MCU-Development-Board-DIY-Kit-Soldering-Component-Core-Board-Parts-p-1625472.html?rmmds=search&cur_warehouse=CN
     

     
     
     

     
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    Re: Best Development Board For a Course 2020/04/29 23:30:34 (permalink)
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    I just noticed that the microcontroller supplied with that kit is an Atmel/MC AT89C52 which is based on old school 8051 architecture, but it might be suitable for others as well.
     
    http://ww1.microchip.com/downloads/en/devicedoc/doc0313.pdf
     
    Banggood also has a cheap programmer module for about $8 each, which might be OK for students, but the genuine PICkit is reasonably priced from Microchip and distributors.
     
    https://usa.banggood.com/3Pcs-Geekcreit-K150-ICSP-USB-PIC-Automatic-Develop-Microcontroller-Programmer-p-1157921.html?rmmds=search&cur_warehouse=CN
     

     

     
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    Re: Best Development Board For a Course 2020/05/01 03:44:07 (permalink)
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    Hi Shawn,
    I just received last week  recently a "new" Curiosity HPC (rev2) and it includes all the features you are looking for including on-board USB<==> UART converter (no more need for an external Click board or converter cable to do USB<==>UART conversion ;=)
    After unpacking it, I discovered that despite having the same reference as the old one ( DM164136 ), there are significant hardware changes on the debugger side....
    The debugger chip is now a much more powerful device (ATSAME70 300MHz) which shows up as PKOB4 (enhanced version of old PKOB based on PIC24FJ256GB106 24MHz). If my memory is correct this is the same chip which is inside the Pickit4.
     
    As a result :
    It is flashing much much faster
    It enumerates both as a debugger tool AND a virtual COM port using a single USB cable 
    There are 2 pins (UART TX and RX) which can be connected to any pins of the 8 bits target PIC using simple wires.
    All this is visible in the users manual which shows Rev1 and Rev2 schematics at the end.
    I have used this UART with PIC18F26K83 this week successfully to "printf" messages on the PC.
    For me the most valuable, is the blazing speed of flashing from PKOB4 compared to PKOB...
    The issue might be when you order is that you can't be sure to get the new or old one...because they have the same reference. New one came with a full red box while old one was in the black box...
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    Re: Best Development Board For a Course 2020/05/01 11:11:55 (permalink)
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    Hello,
    If you order either the new HPC or LPC they both now have USB to UART support via the virtual port. 
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    Re: Best Development Board For a Course 2020/05/01 12:48:16 (permalink)
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    It enumerates both as a debugger tool AND a virtual COM port

     
    Finally!
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    Re: Best Development Board For a Course 2020/05/05 13:08:36 (permalink)
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    And that will be available for the PK4.. when?
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