Electronic – How to start embedded Programming?


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How to become an embedded software developer?

I am really a new bie and have some idea about embedded C. I want to program embedded devices using my computer and even want to program some of the computer peripheral. I have got some basics of embedded systems but dont know where to start from? Which platform to use? How to understand the mechanism? Do i need to know all about electronics before putting my hand into embedded world. Please help I have too many questions and need a way. Links to relevant articles are appreciated.

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I still think programming on "bare metal" is the best way to get involved in the embedded world. IMHO, running on top of a platform like Android doesn't give you a real taste of embedded programming.

Although there are a lot of 8-bit microcontrollers out there, the future is 32-bit. I happen to like the PIC32 series from Microchip. You can get a complete development board from SparkFun for $40. You don't need to buy anything else to start with, since there is a bootloader built-in. You can also use one of Microchip's programmers like the PICKit 3.

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This board uses the popular PIC32MX795, which has 512K flash and 128K of RAM, so you won't be outgrowing it any time soon. There are tons of free libraries to make programming the peripherals easier.

Microchip has a free IDE and compiler that runs on Windows, Linux, and Macs. (They also have a paid version, but all that gives you is optimzations to produce smaller code. You don't need that for hobbyist use.)