Newbie Help

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by fotojunkie, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. fotojunkie

    Thread Starter New Member

    Mar 20, 2009
    Hi everyone,

    I'm a software engineer looking to break into digital electronics.

    I'm looking for a good kit to get started. Most information I find online is related to the software, but I already have a firm grasp of the software, I'm more interested in the basics of digital electronics.

    Ideal starter kit would include:
    A USB programmer (not serial or parallel)
    Support (in order of preference): Mac OSX, Unix, Windows XP.
    8051 or 8052 family Microcontroller
    C Compiler
    Cheaper the better ;)

    Any help is appreciated!
  2. hgmjr

    Retired Moderator

    Jan 28, 2005
    Would you consider using an AVR rather than the 8051/8052 microcontroller?

    If so, you can get both the assembly language and the C-compiler for free.