[time-nuts] Good (cheap) PIC chip choice for project?
jason at extremeoverclocking.com
Sat May 25 15:08:47 EDT 2013
My reasoning for using a PIC (or similar) is mostly two factors.
First, simplicity... The few things I have in my head that I've wanted to do aren't complicated or require special busses. It is
things that you could *probably* do with a whole pile of logic chips, or keep it simple with just one PIC. ;)
Second, cost... Spending $30-$40 for a one time project is fine. But say after 10 or so, the cost savings of a $2 chip vs $30
embedded system starts to add up.
I agree with you that I need to figure out the project details first and what I'm trying to integrate with and work backwards. I'm
really glad people are giving me feedback though I didn't know so many different options existed (and at so many different price
points). If you don't ask, you will never learn. ;) Both the Arduino and TI Launchpad offerings look very intriguing.
I'm on no deadline, so time is not an issue. I just wanted a new challenge and this is something I've wanted to dive into for a long
Learning a programming language is not an issue. While I mostly write code in PHP, Perl, and shell scripts these days, I used to and
am still somewhat familiar with C/C++. Most other programming languages I've used in the past are now probably considered archaic or
Looks like I have a lot of reading to do now. Everyone's responses have been most helpful!
> How did you decide to use a PIC and not one of the others such as the
> AVR MSP or whatever? I don't want to argue for any of the others but
> if you can't list 5 or 6 good reasons to use a PIC and you are not
> able to say why the oters cn't work for you then you've just selected
> something at random without thinking. SO as a check, see if you can
> list pros and cons.
> You have to decide what you are going to USE the device for first.
> Some are bets for different purposes. And also how much time you are
> willing to invest in learning. How much programming experience do
> you have?
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