microcontroller program memory

Discussion in 'Embedded Systems and Microcontrollers' started by mik3, May 2, 2008.

  1. mik3

    Thread Starter Senior Member

    Feb 4, 2008
    hi guys,

    I want to buy a microcontroller programmer. I have started with PIC so i prefer one for PIC's but a universal would better i think. What is your opinion?

    Do you know a good and cheap one?

    Also i want to ask which microcontrollers have the more memory to store the program, PIC's or AVR.
  2. hgmjr

    Retired Moderator

    Jan 28, 2005
    ATMEL recently introduced the AVR 8-bit XMEGA series. It has 256Kbyte of Flash memory for program storage.

    The only downside is that the development board, the STK600, has only recently become available and so it is a bit pricey at the present time.

  3. Reshma

    Active Member

    Mar 11, 2007
    Here is a Universal Device Programmer, I came across.
    PIC/Atmel serial programmers are more cheaper of course. ;)
  4. chrischristian

    Active Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    I don't know that you are an expert or not but, if you want to start learning microcontroller programming than I think PIC KIT2 would be grate, as far as the universal progarmmer is concerned I don't think that it is a very resonable choice for a hobbiest so, if you are not someone who required to make one new project every week or so OR you have plenty of money to sped on your hobby I advice you to not to go for universal programmer. If you are just a hobbiest than just one or two PICs would be enough for almost all your projects so don't worry about memory and all that things, I am reffering you to PICs because they are lot easy to learn ( at leat that was so with me!). Here are some helpful links:



    Hope will be helpful!
  5. Dave

    Retired Moderator

    Nov 17, 2003
    Mik, check the thread on PICs Vs AVRs you may find some useful information: http://forum.allaboutcircuits.com/showthread.php?t=2601

    As for an appropriate PIC, have a look at the 18xxx series. It is one of the higher end PICs but you will not find yourself restricted in many uC applications. You can then get the MPLAB and the C18 compiler from over Microchips website and develop your programs in ASM or C depending on requirements.