I just got a pile of goodies from Wright Hobbies. I plan on using this stuff in upcoming projects and would welcome any suggestions. Eddy Wright contacted me about getting a reciprocal link on uCHobby so I checked out his site. Wright Hobbies focuses on robotics and offers a nice starter kit for microcontroller development with the ATMega32. He also offers several interesting items such as motor driver IC’s and software tools of interest to electronics and microcontroller hobbyist. I picked up a few interesting items and gladly add a link to Wright Hobbies.
DevBoard M32 Starter Kit
The board is small like an Arduino but the included ATMega32 has more memory. 32K of Flash and 2K of RAM, which is twice the amount available on the ATMega168 normally used for the Arduino. Has the Arduino package can be ported to the ATMega32?
The DevBoard M32 Starter Kit includes a general purpose AVR programmer, compilers, and instructions to get setup doing direct AVR development. Since this kit would get me all setup for basic AVR development, I purchased several other AVR microcontrollers in DIP packages. I got an ATMega48, ATMega8L, ATTiny13, ATTiny13V, ATTiny2313, and ATTiny26. I am especially interested in what can be done with the ATTiny parts. They cost about $1.50 and can surly be used in lots of small applications. All of these microcontrollers are in dip packages so it should be easy to bring them up on a breadboard. I also picked up a resonator to make the oscillator circuit.
Some other interesting parts I picked up include a 1 Farad (yes 1 Farad) Aerogel Super Capacitor, Some H-Bridge parts (FAN8200, SN754410NE, and TA8050P), some prototyping PCB boards, and a PCI parallel+2 serial port board. Lastly I got a few LCD displays to evaluate.
I got the super cap just to see what 1 Farad felt like. The H-Bridge parts will come in handy when I need to drive a high current load or more specifically provide forward and reverse power to a DC motor. The prototyping boards look ideal to solder up small projects and can be broken down via a light score line for single IC type projects. Lastly the PCI interface board solves the missing parallel and serial ports problem on the modern PC. The board only cost $15 so it’s a very reasonable way to get these very handy ports for microcontroller hobbyist.
This article might seem like an advertisement for Wright Hobbies. While I do hope that this article sends some business to Wright Hobbies it was not a paid article or review. I purchased the items to play with and am linking to Wright Hobbies because I believe they are a great resource for electronics hobbyist.