STMicroelectronics is working hard to gain ground in the microcontroller market. The STM8S-Discovery kit cost $7 and features a small 8Bit MCU with I/O, a capacitive touch button, USB interfacing and Debugging support built into a detachable module. The attached debugging module can be broken off and reused. Development tool are free and provide full source level (sing step etc) debugging.
We purchased two of these kits from Mouser Electronics for $7/each. I have not yet installed all the development tools but the board looks very easy to use.
Have any of you played with this? Seems like a great way to get started with Microcontroller hobbies. Might not be as easy as the Arduino but at under $10 it could be an inexpensive way to start. Comments?
A good bit on information and a video can be found at the STM8S-Discovery kit website.