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Newbie questions, tiniArm opinions, beginner resources

Started by nealbrains October 12, 2005
I am currently looking in to picking up one of the LPC2000 uC's to
begin messing around with robotics or other automation ideas. I am
really new to all this and have found it to be very overwhelming. I
was looking into PICs and/or AVRs because all the resources out there
but was steared away by the idea that since I'm starting at this
point in technology I should probably use something that has been
made in recent years. (Not to bash on older uCs)
So now i have been looking at new micros tiniArm line. Mainly the
2131 dev board or the 2138 devboard. I would like to have the 2138
but just starting out and low on funds feel I do not need all that
extra umph.
Just wanted to know other peoples experiences with these boards.
Also, besides this newsgroup and google groups, where could I find
more information on the basics with LPC2000 family? On the new micros
I found some basics about getting started with compilers but not much
else. I need something more on the lines of servo control, timers,
adding components to boards, etc...

Feel free to email me.

Thank You,
Neal Dyrkacz



An Engineer's Guide to the LPC2100 Series

On Wednesday 12 October 2005 20:01, nealbrains wrote:
> I am currently looking in to picking up one of the LPC2000 uC's to
> begin messing around with robotics or other automation ideas. I am
> really new to all this and have found it to be very overwhelming. I
> was looking into PICs and/or AVRs because all the resources out there
> but was steared away by the idea that since I'm starting at this
> point in technology I should probably use something that has been
> made in recent years. (Not to bash on older uCs)

One **big** benefit of using ARM is that it is being used by more and more
chip makers all the time and ARM knowledge won't go out of date any time
soon. Indeed, more chipmakers use ARM than any other CPU architecture.

> So now i have been looking at new micros tiniArm line. Mainly the
> 2131 dev board or the 2138 devboard. I would like to have the 2138
> but just starting out and low on funds feel I do not need all that
> extra umph.

> Just wanted to know other peoples experiences with these boards.
> Also, besides this newsgroup and google groups, where could I find
> more information on the basics with LPC2000 family? On the new micros
> I found some basics about getting started with compilers but not much
> else. I need something more on the lines of servo control, timers,
> adding components to boards, etc...

These are general electronic questions probably best answered by some robotics
etc books from the library or similar resources on the www. If you use an ARM
instead of a PIC or whatever, most of the interfacing electronics is still
going to be the same.