Archive for December 2010
The of the year is coming, and a lot of ideas bring to my head. During this year I change my work line from Microchip PIC 18F Family MCUs (like PIC18LF2520, PIC18LF2620 and PIC18LF14K50) to PIC24F Family (PIC24FJ32GA002, PIC24FJ64GA002, PIC24FJ256GB106). It’s a lot easer work on 16bit cores. My list of benefits:
- More portable code;
- Better code optimization;
- Free compiler, without restrictions;
- PIC24F Family is pin compatible with other family devices, so if you need more flash only you need is change the MCU;
2010 was the year of Arduino for most hobbyists. I’ve to confess that I don’t like much Arduino, but I’ve some Arduino’s and some shields too. I don’t understand very well what happens, but I’m not very comfortably with libraries. I think that is because Arduino try to be “much” friendly to non-electronic people. That’s “friendly” you can see on libraries: SD card access, OLED access, RFID access, all stuf very very very easy and directly, but don’t made by you. I don’t like to “rediscover the wheel”, but I like some control about what happen.
But even with this opinion, I’ve a project with Arduino for next year.
In this week I receive a lot of new devices, like:
- new OLEDs (SSD1339 controller, very smart, with graphic accelerated functions);
- new TFT LCDs (SSD1289 controller, not so smart);
- new 16bits MCUs (PIC24HJ64GP502, PIC24HJ128GP502 and PIC24FJ64GA102);
- new 32bits MCUS (ARM STM32);
I’ve doing great goals in this projects, but all of them still very young yet. But see the photos above and conclude that they are very nice: