Picking the right development board for learning embedded

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sanzor

Joined Nov 11, 2016
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I need to pick a development board for my project (different from Arduino as my professor stated).

My project will consist of a solar panel,a development board,an fish tank resistor,an inverter and some typical AC consumers.

I want to measure photovoltaic panel parameters (voltage,current,luminosity) on a large period (a couple of months) and to process that data in order to determine quality markers like performance,would -be costs saved...etc.
After that i want to connect that solar panel to some AC consumers via an inverter and directly to a fish tank resistor.So a typical scenario would be ...i have no AC consumers ,or i have electric surplus-> i start heating the water in the tank.

I know to program only the Arduino (and with the standard libraries).I want to start learning embedded programming on a new board and i don't know what to choose.For this project i will have to develop an interface in C# .NET probably .I will connect the GUI via serial port with the development board.

I was thinking of something like http://www.ti.com/tool/msp-exp430fr5994#1 but i don't know how big the community is and if they have good documentation for newbies.

Thank you in advance.
 

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sanzor

Joined Nov 11, 2016
5
Thank you for your reply but from what i know PIC's are hard to program even a serial communication is tough to implement.
 

Sensacell

Joined Jun 19, 2012
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Learning to program embedded MCU's is always daunting at first, but the manifold awesomeness that you experience when you get the hang of it makes it all worthwhile.

I recommend microchip PIC MCU's, the documentation is good, tools are cheap, and a powerful Integrated Development Environment is a free download away.

And FYI- serial communications are tricky with ANY MCU, it's easy to trivialize, but there are so many variables.
 
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