I'm reposting this from stackoverflow, as the question is better suited here.
I'm a first year Computer Science student looking to get started with development for micro-controllers. I'd like to use the 8051, as it's common as dirt, and is used frequently in the real world.
During my junior or senior year, I'll be taking a PIC micro-controller based embedded design class, so I'd rather not do PIC now; otherwise, I'll be fairly bored during that course.
Most commercial kits I see are for the AVR or PIC series of microprocessors. I'm just looking for something with decent development tools, documentation, and enough add-ons to keep my novice self occupied for the summer.
Any recommendations for an 8051 family kit? Thanks!
I should have added, that I'd like to keep the price at $150 or less ideally. I'm pretty much just looking to learn -- not do anything too serious. I'm looking for more of a projects based kit.
I ended up going with a SiLabs MCUNIVERSITY Kit, on recommendation from svec on stackoverflow. The tools and documentation look superb; there are also a set of exercises and labs. Plus, for less than $50, it's an excellent price. Thanks everyone.