Thank you for th opportunity. How did we ever manage anything before forums?
Here is the reason for my post: there is so much information on the web on Arduino, it's near impossible to filter through it.
I would like to play around, primarily in home automation. I also have a Pi I would like to use for interfacing and programming.
I already have a microcontroller, from an old project, in a socket, but it's an AT90S8515. From what I read, at least the software lists this controller, which leads me to believe it might work. It is also pin compatible with earlier Atmega chips, but missing the clock.
I also have a 256k serial memory chip that I could use here, if it helps (serial eeprom 24LC256).
So, do you think I might be able to just get a PCB (if yes, kindly advise which, 40 pin PDIP is what I need), then get the rest of the components and play around?
Sure, a complete Arduino would be the logical option, but that's not how I operate (read that as "cheap bastard"
This post arduino with at90s8515 - Development - Arduino Forum seems to have a lot of info on the feasibility of my project, but I am still hoping it would work. Actually, my complete setup was intended to be connected to a parallel port, load the programming onto the eeprom and run on the microcontroller.
Why I want to switch to an Arduino board is because I no longer have/find the software. Plus, I would like to interface with a relay shield for home automation, so my board has none of that.
Oh yeah, I could also use an USB to serial (TTL) converter for inerfacing.
Thanks a bunch for any advice.