To teach young kids with
microcontroller either in schools or
parent and child teams (PACT), using the
StickOS BASIC programming language is the best.
The Firebird32 installed with the
created by Rich Testardi is a low cost platform
to learn StickOS BASIC programming. The
Arduino IDE is easy to use, but the StickOS is
even easier. With the StickOS, you do not
even need to install an IDE on your
host computer, but only a standard terminal emulation
program, such as TeraTerm for Windows, the
"screen" terminal command in Mac OS X, etc.
You can try the Arduino UNO
or our Firebird32
for programming in StickOS BASIC language to get
beginners and university students
started microcontroller programming with
the Basic Stamp in 90s. The
Firebird32 installed with the "StickOS"
works like a
modern Basic Stamp today.
Advanced users: If you are
serious about advancing to the next level of embedded
programming with a 32-bit microcontroller, give Freescale 32-bit MCUs a try. You can start the Codefire V1 first, then upgrade to
the V2, V3, V4,
and Kinetis ARM Cortex-M4 using the same
software toolchain in
the future. More
universities use Freescale MCU than any
other MCUs, which
is not a coincidence.
Freescale is to the embedded
is like Intel for the PC
industry. Making an advanced MCU
sometime requires a large capital
investment in billions of
dollars. Freescale has financial
resources to make more high end MCUs
than other smaller chip makers.
offers the free CodeWarrior IDE with a
step-by-step debugger and the debugger
hardware USBDM ( it's called ICD
or ICE by other chip makers ) for the
CodeWarrior is only $19. The CodeWarrior version 6.3
and V10 are easy to use and robust.
you would like to work in the embedded industry after
you need to master real C programming
and learn some
assembly programming in
school. The Firebird32 is a low cost trainer to learn
real C assembly programming. Ask if your professor
would like to use it in your classroom.
It may just
be what your professor has been looking for.
In embedded industry, companies use real
C programming to develop products. If an
EE/ECE student does not master real ANSI
C and assembly programming in school he
or she is going to have difficulties
finding a job or work as an embedded
system developer in the industry after
Motorola/Freescale MCU users:
of our goals is to encourage previous 6800-68000 users
come back for using the new FSL MCUs. You don't
need to search for another MCU. The best 32-bit MCU
Freescale ever made for general education is right here. The
MCF51JM128 is the incarnation of the 68000. The Rodney
Dangerfield of microcontrollers never got respect, but
its time has finally come. You know how popular the
6800, 6805, 6809, 68HC05, 68HC11, 68000
and 68332 were in 80's and 90's because their superior
architecture for learning . After all
these years you can play with new Freescale MCUs again. Get a Firebird32
and you will bring back the old glory.
Existing Freescale MCU users can keep
staying with Freescale MCUs. Since our
Firebird32 is as good as other low cost
platform if not better, so there is no reason for you
to switch to other microcontrollers from
other chip makers.
The Firebird32 is not only a platform for quick
prototyping, but also capable of developing serious
applications, like audio and video processing for games,
digital storage scope and logic analyzer with high
sampling rates for DIY projects. If you have been using
a Freescale MCU based development or
evaluation board with CodeWarrior,
it will take you no
time to get it up and running.