Question about the Microcontrollers

I’m pretty new to electronics development, I got a parallax homework board and it’s pretty fun, but the problem is the stamp is built onto it and parallax is really expensive stuff. So I’m thinking about getting an arduino and using some ATmega8 controllers. I just wanted to know, after you program the controller can you put it directly onto a breadboard with all the circuits going correctly and such and power will it still operate as if it were stocketed onto the arduino?

can you put it directly onto a breadboard with all the circuits going correctly and such and power will it still operate as if it were stocketed onto the arduino?

yes. The Arduino board is high quality, convenient with the built-in USB, and very reasonably priced, but there is nothing that requires you to use it. If you browse the arduino web site you can find enough information to make a programmer, burn the bootloader onto the ATmega, and then build the circuit on a breadboard or your own PCB. I have done both.

The only potential problem is that you may need a pull-up resistor on the RX data line (that’s arduino pin 0/ATmega pin 2) to prevent the bootloader from hanging. There are forum threads on this subject.

-j

This is good news, Thanks kg4wsv! I will most definitely be getting an arduino whenever I have the money =)