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« on: March 06, 2008, 04:22:56 16:22 »

hi friends :
i want to buy development board for PIC ,, cuz i am in place where no electronics components are avialable easly ..
i need the friends opinion about the most developed one .
best regards to all
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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2008, 04:35:15 16:35 »

no contest  mikroElektronika
http://www.mikroe.com/en/
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2008, 11:29:43 11:29 »

thankx for help :
but i read a lot about these boards ,,, but i dont know if there are another boards for PICbasic Plus proton .
best regards
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2008, 07:58:37 19:58 »

I use BIGPIC4 and EasyPIC5 with proton with no problem, i have added PICFlash programmer to the command line in the ProtonIDE, they are the cheapest developement board in the market and the best.
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2008, 09:52:57 21:52 »

Crownhill (proton) does sell boards but they are more expensive and not nearly as good deal as MikroE's boards check for yourself
http://www.crownhill.co.uk/level3.php?cat=102&sec=1
and compare to MikroE's which is also a USB programmer
http://www.mikroe.com/en/tools/easypic5/
I know which one I would buy Grin
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2008, 10:56:47 22:56 »

I am using Easypic 4 and lv 24/33 from mikroe, they are good
but now, I think http://www.matrixmultimedia.com/ products
are also very good and very practical E-blocks might be
good idea.
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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2008, 12:29:05 00:29 »

Compared to mikroe products they are expensive EASYPIC5 IS $119USD AND Matrix's Version 3 PICmicro(R) MCU development board is 135.00 pounds which is 272.679 USD
Hmmm I still know which one I would buy Grin
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« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2008, 07:36:34 19:36 »

I think no one can beat MikroElectronika Dev Board, now i have requested the universal dev board, it contains a lot of onboard interfaces and it can be equipped with any Microcontroller for only 139$

http://www.mikroe.com/en/tools/unids3/

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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2008, 08:36:12 20:36 »

ahmed uni-ds3 are sold in egypt easily.
they are expensive and soldered you can't change the mcu.
the board alone without the cards are expensive. they have good
c compiler for pic, what about arm and psoc.
I have some arm and psoc to play with, they are very promising.
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$139.00 USD UNI-DS3 motherboard
Please select MCU cards:
$49.00 USD 40 pin PIC card option
$49.00 USD 80 pin PIC card option
$49.00 USD 64 pin AVR card option
$49.00 USD 48 pin PSoC card option
$49.00 USD 40 pin 8051 card option
$49.00 USD 64 pin ARM card option
$49.00 USD 80 pin dsPIC card option

139$ + shipping for an empty board + additional 49$
for any cards.

i.e to make work:
139 + 49 = 188 $ + shipping > 200$
you are a rich man;
spartan 3E is only 150$ from xilinx and build your
mcu
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For the reader who would like to start:

May be The cheapest ant the best way is Do It yourself

buy pics and programmer and build whatever
you like a simple board or a dream board

in Egypt, 1$ = 5.6 EP (Egyptian Pounds)

Serial Programmers for old pic 16f84a and 16f87x = 40 EP ~ 7$
Good USB programmer = 150 EP ~ 27$
ICD Clone (the best) = 350 EP = 63 $

16f628 ~ 10 EP ~ 2$

I have some 18f4550
my dream pic, put on it bootloader
and usb socket some caps and crystall and
go on your on. Learn whatever you dream about.
18f4550 is very powerful and big 40 pins lot of ports
usb usart ccp eccp adc timer all what you dream about.
I used it for interfacing,  it is amazing.

Build by yourself LED- Buttons - 7-segment - LCD - DAC - OPAMP -
or even some DTMF ics and ir remoting.
it would be cheap. the cheapest,

Then look for local stuff

three 7-seg+ 8 LEDs + 7 Buttons + Buzzers + Relay + LDR Borad = 160EP ~ 28.5 $


Easy PIC in egypt ~ 900EP ~ 161$ Too much.


bbarney: I didn't know that matrix stuff are so expensive, thanks.
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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2008, 06:07:46 18:07 »

you think that $161 for the easypic is too much and you think the matrix stuff isn't so expensive when the matrix board will cost $270 and is only a fraction as good  Huh Huh I don't understand how you fiqured  that one out? matrix prices are british pounds 1.00 GBP = 2.03092 USD
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« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2008, 10:53:50 22:53 »

i didn't notice the price, i thought in dollars, as you said it is really
expensive. I agree with you
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« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2008, 11:57:30 23:57 »

I think MikroElectronika Board is very good . I use it since 2004
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« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2008, 02:28:32 14:28 »

For a noobie, the EasyPic board has been excellent, the built in programmer is great and as you progress there are USB abd serial ports that cab be brought into use.

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« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2008, 02:46:24 14:46 »

I think "PIC School " is good:
http://www.msebilbao.com/tienda/product_info.php?cPath=23_87&products_id=341

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« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2008, 04:56:57 16:56 »

There is a huge difference in price between this Dev board and mikroelektronika products : 240$ vs 119$
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« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2008, 04:06:27 16:06 »

And nowhere near the features the easypic has -- twice the price and only 1/2 as good!
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« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2008, 08:03:15 08:03 »

I truly have to agree.

Hands down, http://www.mikroe.com/en/   are the best bang for the $ buck.
I have 3 of the mE Boards, and a box full of add-on boards for quick prototyping. I would have had to shell out at least 4X the total number of dollars to any other dev board manufacturer, in order to equal the total number of options I have with my mE boards.

Price A+, Quality A+, Support A+ (these guys at mE will bend over backwards to help you out).. You just can't go wrong with the decision in purchasing thier boards.

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« Reply #17 on: May 05, 2008, 08:09:23 20:09 »

hi

where can I buy a cheap test board for a PIC18LF4520 or to a PIC16F648A?

thanks

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« Reply #18 on: May 05, 2008, 08:45:26 20:45 »

FLASH Lab Main Board is very good and also the price.

http://www.mecanique.co.uk/products/flash-lab/flash-board-main.html

Also use bootloader and is modular.

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« Reply #19 on: May 06, 2008, 01:04:08 01:04 »

The EasyPIC from MikroE id by FAR the best, ready to go solution.

However if you want a really good dev board really cheap and dont mind the loss of all the switches and leds (but can be added in its huge proto area) try this from Sure electronics

http://cgi.ebay.com/9-Db-Side-prototype-MCU-Develop-Board-PCB-Connectors_W0QQitemZ230248279398QQihZ013QQcategoryZ36327QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1713.m153.l1262

Get their PicKit2 programmer also and a zif socket you have a complete solution, minus a bit of soldering for under $50.

The cool thing about this board is its entirely customizeable for anything you need.

Its excellent for lots of things, I have several and its the best development/proto board I have ever bought.

Check out their ebay store and their regular site store. They have cheap alpha and graphic LCDs too.
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« Reply #20 on: May 06, 2008, 06:08:34 18:08 »

Have to agree there too I've been meaning to buy a couple of these for a long time.execellant value and good quality too as I've bought from Sure before and they are good to deal with
The EasyPIC from MikroE id by FAR the best, ready to go solution.

However if you want a really good dev board really cheap and dont mind the loss of all the switches and leds (but can be added in its huge proto area) try this from Sure electronics

http://cgi.ebay.com/9-Db-Side-prototype-MCU-Develop-Board-PCB-Connectors_W0QQitemZ230248279398QQihZ013QQcategoryZ36327QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1713.m153.l1262

Get their PicKit2 programmer also and a zif socket you have a complete solution, minus a bit of soldering for under $50.

The cool thing about this board is its entirely customizeable for anything you need.

Its excellent for lots of things, I have several and its the best development/proto board I have ever bought.

Check out their ebay store and their regular site store. They have cheap alpha and graphic LCDs too.

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« Reply #21 on: June 27, 2008, 09:30:29 21:30 »

MiKroe is the best,   I buy Easipic5 and they have a support, forum for your problems.
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« Reply #22 on: June 30, 2008, 06:46:55 18:46 »

hi :
i bought UNIDS3 from MikroE, actually it is perfect borad and this comes from the mixure of the compiler with the board itself and its terminals ,,,, i think it is the best
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« Reply #23 on: June 30, 2008, 07:41:33 19:41 »

mikroe have some bugs and support is not enough. i dont advice mikroe.
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« Reply #24 on: July 01, 2008, 01:32:04 01:32 »

mikroe have some bugs and support is not enough. i dont advice mikroe.

I don't agree.
I have some dev boards, some DIY, some simple boards and cheap but...with few chips support.
Now they are not used by me after I bought mikroE dev board, great boards with nice price (if you look the features) and support lots of chips.
No dev board better than mikroE board.
Don't waste your money with "looks like cheap" dev boards with a few feature and chips support.
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