> I am looking for Schematics and/or Partlists for Microcontrollers. I am
> planning on building a Explorer type Robot that will be able roam over
> rough terrain. All I need is the Sechamtics and some help programming
> the controllers
> Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Hi, Val. Microcontrollers are pretty much one part now. You get the
IC, plug it into a protoboard with an oscillator (some even have that
built in), and you're good to go.
For a newbie, you can't do better than the BASIC Stamp. It's based on
the PIC, the world's most common microcontroller IC. You can program
it in a simple interpreted BASIC which is incredibly easy for a newbie
to learn. You just load the programming software into your PC, plug
the Stamp into your serial port, and you're good to go.
If you've got a few bucks for your project, get the BASIC Stamp Board
of Education project kit. It has a Stamp, an interface board with a
small protoboard, and just about everything you'll need (including
software) to get a small robot going. Actually, they also make a robot
kit called the BOE-bot, a small rolling robot that carries the B of E
onboard. It's kind of cute.
Feel free to provide more information or post again if you've got a
more specific question. BASIC Stamps do have limitations, especially
limited program space.