Motorola Academic Support in Australia

Started by podonoghue2 July 27, 2003
This may not be the appropriate forum but I suspect someone here might
be able to help.

We have previously used HC11s in our undergraduate program and this
semester decided to update to HCS12 (9S12DP256). When looking around
at what boards were available we found the prices seemed excessive (in
Australian dollars anyway) for a minimal board that we could use in
labs with existing equipment. So we designed a minimum board
ourselves. The only problem with this was obtaining the required MCUs
in small quantities at a reasonable price. We got nowhere with
Motorola Australia who basically said speak to the distibuters. The
distributors then tried but where unable to get anywhere useful (300
parts minimum at a reasonable price - not practical when you want say
only 30).

We ended up getting them through RS at around $AUS70 each. At this
price we can't really encourage students to use them - especially
when companies like Mitsubishi are selling simple boards with software
for about $40 dollars more!

Is there any support from Motorola (in Australia) for academic use?
The availability of the limited version of Codewarrior is a move in
the right direction but the diffculty of obtaining hardware is a majot
obstacle.

Any comments (or should I change micros :-)?




Hi Peter,
I'll email you direct to let you know how I go about getting supply.
Peter L.

At 01:45 PM 28/07/03, you wrote:
>This may not be the appropriate forum but I suspect someone here might
>be able to help.
>
>We have previously used HC11s in our undergraduate program and this
>semester decided to update to HCS12 (9S12DP256). When looking around
>at what boards were available we found the prices seemed excessive (in
>Australian dollars anyway) for a minimal board that we could use in
>labs with existing equipment. So we designed a minimum board
>ourselves. The only problem with this was obtaining the required MCUs
>in small quantities at a reasonable price. We got nowhere with
>Motorola Australia who basically said speak to the distibuters. The
>distributors then tried but where unable to get anywhere useful (300
>parts minimum at a reasonable price - not practical when you want say
>only 30).
>
>We ended up getting them through RS at around $AUS70 each. At this
>price we can't really encourage students to use them - especially
>when companies like Mitsubishi are selling simple boards with software
>for about $40 dollars more!
>
>Is there any support from Motorola (in Australia) for academic use?
>The availability of the limited version of Codewarrior is a move in
>the right direction but the diffculty of obtaining hardware is a majot
>obstacle.
>
>Any comments (or should I change micros :-)? >-------------------- >
>">http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/




Can you buy parts from Digikey in Australia?
If yes, go to: http://www.digikey.com/
And search for MC9S12DP256.

You'll find Digikey sell the 9S12DP256 in any quantities (even just 1), and
the price for a quantity of 30 that you are looking for is US$ 19.40 per part.

Hope this helps,
Doron
Nohau Corporation
HC12 In-Circuit Emulators
www.nohau.com/emul12pc.html

At 03:45 AM 7/28/2003 +0000, you wrote:
>This may not be the appropriate forum but I suspect someone here might
>be able to help.
>
>We have previously used HC11s in our undergraduate program and this
>semester decided to update to HCS12 (9S12DP256). When looking around
>at what boards were available we found the prices seemed excessive (in
>Australian dollars anyway) for a minimal board that we could use in
>labs with existing equipment. So we designed a minimum board
>ourselves. The only problem with this was obtaining the required MCUs
>in small quantities at a reasonable price. We got nowhere with
>Motorola Australia who basically said speak to the distibuters. The
>distributors then tried but where unable to get anywhere useful (300
>parts minimum at a reasonable price - not practical when you want say
>only 30).
>
>We ended up getting them through RS at around $AUS70 each. At this
>price we can't really encourage students to use them - especially
>when companies like Mitsubishi are selling simple boards with software
>for about $40 dollars more!
>
>Is there any support from Motorola (in Australia) for academic use?
>The availability of the limited version of Codewarrior is a move in
>the right direction but the diffculty of obtaining hardware is a majot
>obstacle.
>
>Any comments (or should I change micros :-)?