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PICAXE-18M2 Starter Pack

This is the PICAXE-18M2 Starter Pack, a simple kit that provides you with everything you need to get started with 18-pin PICAXE controllers. The PICAXE-18M2 microcontroller is equipped with 16 input/output pins while the Standard Project Board comes fully assembled and is compatible with older PICAXE-18M and PICAXE-18X microcontrollers. All you need to do is insert the microcontroller into the board, supply power and start programming.

The PICAXE is an easy-to-program microcontroller system that exploits the unique characteristics of the new generation of low-cost flash memory based microcontrollers. These microcontrollers can be programmed over and over again without the need for an expensive programmer. The power of the PICAXE system is its simplicity. No programmer, eraser, or complicated electronic system is required 0 the microcontroller is programmed (with a simple 'BASIC' programming) via a 3-wire connection to the computer's serial port. The operational PICAXE circuit uses just two components and can be easily constructed on a breadboard, strip-board, or PCB design.

Note: This kit does NOT include a programming cable or CD. The list of contents in the kit says they do, but they really do not. Please choose your PICAXE programming cable below. Additionally, all information that was on the CD can be found in the Documents section below.

  • 1x PICAXE-18M2 IC
  • 1x Standard Project Board
  • 1x 3xAA 4.5V Battery Holder
  • 1x Battery Clip

PICAXE-18M2 Starter Pack Product Help and Resources

Core Skill: Soldering

This skill defines how difficult the soldering is on a particular product. It might be a couple simple solder joints, or require special reflow tools.

2 Soldering

Skill Level: Rookie - The number of pins increases, and you will have to determine polarity of components and some of the components might be a bit trickier or close together. You might need solder wick or flux.
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Core Skill: Programming

If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.

2 Programming

Skill Level: Rookie - You will need a better fundamental understand of what code is, and how it works. You will be using beginner-level software and development tools like Arduino. You will be dealing directly with code, but numerous examples and libraries are available. Sensors or shields will communicate with serial or TTL.
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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.

2 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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  • The 18M2 is quite a tasty little chip. I've used these on several small robots to good advantage. Maybe not as intellectually sexy as Parallax's 8-cog Propeller chip, but for those quick "slap-em-together-and-go" projects, 18M2s are "the little chip that could."

  • We are waiting on our first order of these to come in.

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