View Full Version : good microprocessors?

06-26-2003, 07:41 PM
any one know of a good microprocessor(for embeded, not like a p4 or anything)?

i mean something that gcc support well, something with basic assembly(part wise, the language would be nice incase i ever learn it).

i know a couple of people that may use stamps, and i have something that could use a microprocessor, but i think something that can use c and a unix would be better for all of us.

(i know i could do assembly on the stamp and c has been hacked on it.)

any advice(with a microprocessor or just with your embeded projects)?

06-27-2003, 11:15 AM
i ment to ask which microprocessor i should use that has some linux support.

one thing about cross compilers i dont get, which platform? if i do it in linux(since it sounds like something that would be platform dependant) it would be <magic_linux_command> but on a old mac(lcs, the m68ks) it would be <magic_oldmac_command>, which would i give gcc? would gcc know to switch the linux command with the mac one(i hope so, i cant find much on the macs)?

06-27-2003, 12:17 PM
i wish there was vmware for m68ks macs.........

i guess chips wise ill go with a MC68HC11, its seems to be supported well under linux(and gcc). its probally overkill, but hopefull i learn more about it(then ill only have to pay for 1 chip).

thanks for telling my about gcc, i thought i just needed a flag....

my other thread can be deleted. i didnt phrase my question well and its kind of cluttered now.


07-01-2003, 08:29 PM
I hope I'm not too late to post but you may want to check out www.microchip.com and www.parallax.com for parts www.digikey.com has lots of good stuff.
I'm looking into doing a project based on a PIC microcontroller. I want to make a small bug to crawl around my apartment.

07-01-2003, 09:35 PM
hobby bots are kool. i was thinking about doing one of those, but my plans turned into a lawn mower bot quickly(i get carried away often in inventor).

i havnt checked out the pics much(heard mostly good about them), but i already have a stamp. im not a big fan of mine(i got the 2 - standard), pbasic is evil. i hear you can do c programs with it, but id like it to be officialy supported. i also hear that assembly wasnt that bad on it, but it will be a (long) time before i can do something useful in it.

plus the motorolas are kool...

07-07-2003, 12:12 AM
I would recommend the Atmel AVR chips. There is a avr-gcc compiler that runs on linux or windows. You can check them out at http://www.atmel.com . There is a very helpful site at http://www.avrfreaks.net , they have plenty of information about the atmel chips and the avr-gcc compiler. There are also a few commercial compilers. I have used CodevisonAVR and like it very much.


07-07-2003, 10:33 AM
i was thinking about those, a couple people told me about them when i mention basic stamps.

im still haven gotten one yet, now im trying to see if i can be crazy and use a old 486-sx chip(so far no, thread is still open maybe i can...).

motorola has some kits, i cant find a good one but i know they have them(one site looks great, even comes with a lcd screen,keypad and textbook, but no order form!).

im checking out their site now....