July 19, 2007
My new STK500 microcontroller development board.
This business of making little machines that interact with the physical world is addicting. I can feel the crazy coming on, and I like it.
Posted by jjwiseman at July 19, 2007 06:13 PM
I like that photo. Did you take it yourself? If so, dish on all the geeky technical details, willya.
nice, nice LEDs. and the picture is great. love the focus up front and gradual blur of the components in the background. good job. looks like fun. what is it, btw?
Dude, do NOT take that thing to Boston
Yes, I took that photo. Thanks.
It's a development & programming board for Atmel AVR microprocessors. You plug the microprocessor CPU into a socket, plug the serial cable into your PC, and you can upload code into the microprocessor.
It's also got a bunch of switches and LEDs that you can easily connect to the microcontroller's inputs & outputs to help test the software once you've uploaded it.
I like the AVR AT chips, good price/performance.
There are some really nice little 16/32 bit processors now that can run stuff like Linux now too. These are WAY good fun.
Imagine interacting with the world and also having a complete networking stack!!
Is that "old man pube" on the board or just a shiv of plastic?
Heh. I wondered when someone would mention that.
I think it's a cat hair.
Nice. I still haven't migrated from the PIC to AVR, especially since the AVR has a lot more opensource tools for development than the PIC has (like gcc for example...)