Microcontroller Tutorials and Tips
Microcontrollers made Simple
A bunch of resources, articles, tutorials and guides to get you up and running with your microcontroller projects. This site focusses on sharing my learning with other electronics hobbyists, makers, enthusiasts and (dare I say it) engineers. Welcome!
The Toadstool is a modular platform that lets you quickly and easily build microcontroller projects. It’s ideal for makers wanting to move beyond the Arduino ecosystem, or for experienced enthusiasts and professionals wanting to speed up prototyping. What makes it special?
- Includes microcontrollers from multiple manufacturers
- Small-form caps allow for quick connection of SPI/I2C/Serial modules
- Connects straight onto your breadboard
- More flexibility than you’re used to!
We’ve included some details and images from the first prototype, and are currently tightening up a few features before heading to the final prototype. What do you think?
You’ve been using an Arduino for a couple of years, and are now hungry to expand your horizons. You feel like you know the Arduino UNO inside-out, and you want to start building custom projects that are more flexible and not restricted by the physical dimensions of the Arduino UNO. This series of articles in Nuts and Volts magazine take you on a journey from Arduino to AVR (using the ATmega328P), including:
- Building your own breadboard Arduino
- Moving onto an IDE with more features
- Working with digital I/O
- Using the Analaog Digital Converter to read analog inputs
- Serial communication over the UART
- Using Interrupts
A Bit More Detail
!Crash-Bang Prototyping was started off the back of our own learning, to help smooth our iterative development processes. We focus on the development of open source hardware kits and tools, and providing resources and value to electronics enthusiasts, hobbyists, and small startups.
Why Atmel and TI microcontrollers?
Out initial focus was on the Atmel series of AVR microcontrollers, as they’re a natural progression from the world of Arduino. We then continued to look for other good value MCUs and decided on the Texas Instruments’ MSP430 controllers – primarily because of their low-power claims and 16-bit architecture, but also as we felt they deserved more hobbyist attention given their Launchpad programme. Of course there are loads of other microcontrollers out there – almost too many to choose from – so we’ve put our stake in the ground and are working with these.