Description: PICAXE-08M2 microcontroller chip.
PICAXE is a neat entry-level microcontroller system that is relatively cheap to get started with. The chip is programmed with a simple serial connection and the BASIC development environment is free! PICAXE has some excellent educational applications and support, and is a great entryway into more complicated embedded systems. If you’re look for a place to start with microcontrollers, PICAXE is a great way to go!
Based on 3 ratings:
Packs a big punch in a small package
Great beginner MCU. Lots of information on how to use them. Bought 2. Made a serial cable and programmed using a generic USB to serial adapter then soldered up the two resistors. Used thoroughly without any problems. Ran a serial LCD, made sounds with piezo elements, controlled with an infrared remote, touch feature is cool. Pairs well with an l293d, I drove 4 separate 12v LEDs, relays, and then 2 small motors. I even reversed the polarity for about a minute with a 3.7v lipo battery and it still works. Got real hot so I’d say durable too. Probably work great as a teaching tool.
For a chip that uses interpreted BASIC this micro-controller is very capable. I’m a long time assembly and C programmer that uses Arduino and Teensy on a regular basis but many tasks can be much easier to accomplish with this chip. The PICAXE system is simple, mature, robust, and it ‘just works’. It never ceases to amaze me how so many tasks can be so easy to do with a PICAXE.