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Physical Computing with Linux: A Rapid Approach using Gambas
This new article shows how to use a GP3 and Gambas to quickly make real world I/O programs for Linux

Remote Control
Ever wanted to remotely sense and control a device over a LAN or the Internet? The GP3 can do that. Read how in this new article.

Point and Click Embedded Control
The GP3 is well-known as the easy inexpensive way to control the world from your PC. Now with GP3EZ you can control the GP3 with no traditional programming! Check it out including a tutorial video.

New: Improved Support
If you've sent us e-mail in the past, you may have been frustrated because of spam filtering or bounces. Now, AWC only offers online support at You can create a case and you'll be certain that we will receive your request. AWC no longer offers telephone support and we can't guarantee responses to ordinary e-mails.

New: PAK-VII Reads Quadrature
The latest version of our PAK-VII chip can read quadrature inputs.

New: PAK-XII Gets Macros
Our powerful floating point math coprocessor with analog inputs gets even more powerful! Now you can define up to 10 macros to simplify complex equations.

New: Check out SeaBass, our new Basic-Style Compiler
SeaBass is a Basic-like compiler that generates C code. This makes it easy to write programs, yet retains the portability and optimizing power of C. Plus, SeaBass programs can call C libraries and even incorporate C and assembly code! Available now with full support for our APP-II and APP-IV development kits and at very special pricing (as low as $1!). You can use it with other C compilers/hardware as well as this article proves.

New: Get This Page as an RSS Feed
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New: GP-7 Bridges PC and I2C
If you've ever wanted to control I2C, IIC, or SMBUS devices from a PC, you want our GP-7 kit!

New: Free GP-3 DAQ Software
Our new software for the GP-3 plots 1 to 5 analog channels and can export to Excel, curve fit, and more. Get it free now. New version 1.1 corrects problems with exporting certain data sets.

New Universal GPMPU40 Kit
Find out how to use our GPMPU40 board with almost any processor. Our new "Universal" kit makes it easier than ever to reconfigure the board for different processors. This article shows how to make a very low-cost 8052 development kit (with C compiler) with a sample CPU from Maxim and our GPMPU40 kit!

Easy to Use Floating Point
In the tradition of our PAK-I, II, and IX floating point coprocessors, we are pleased to introduce the PAK-XII analog floating point coprocessor. This is our easiest to use coprocessor every. Why? Because it handles ASCII input and output using RS232! If you've ever wanted to add a floating point coprocessor to your project but you were put off by the protocol required, this PAK is for you. In addition to RPN math (including trig and log functions) the PAK-XII also contains 6 A/D channels and an analog comparator. Check out the introductory deal today. New: Now with macro capability!

New: Program in C for PIC or AVR
Tired of struggling with assembly or too limited by BASIC? Why not program in C? Our new APP-IV kit makes it easy to build embedded systems with the powerful GNU C compiler! Check it out. You can even program the APP-II in C by following our new C language tutorial.

New: GP-3 Gets Linux, Portable C Library
Now controlling and sensing the real world with our bestselling GP-3 kit is easy to do from Linux and other similar platforms. Our new portable C library provides source code along with porting examples for Linux, Cygwin, and even Windows. Simply write four or five simple functions to talk to the COM port and the library does the rest. Check out the GP3 page for more information. Also, be sure to update to the latest GP3.OCX file if you are using the ActiveX control. You can browse the documentation for the portable library here.

New: Quarterly Embedded System Newsletter
Subscribe to our new embedded system newsletter!

New: ASP-III Make Building Stamp Circuits Easier
The ASP-III lets you build Stamp circuits on any breadboard and includes serial circuitry, power supply, and other auxiliary circuits. Handles any 24- or 40-pin Stamps.

New: GP-6 brings PWM to PCs
Have you ever wanted to use our PAK-Vc from a PC? Now its even easier than ever thanks to our new GP-6 PWM controller kit. This board makes the PAK-Vc a snap to use from Visual Basic, Java, C, or any language that can talk to the serial port.

New: PicoPAKs Arrive!
What's a PicoPAK? Smaller, more economical PAKs! Our first PicoPAK, the PicoPAK VIII, makes it simple to use an RC servo from just about any microcontroller.

Universal Microprocessor Board
Can't decide on a PIC, AVR, Z8, or other CPU? Our new GPMPU40 can be built to hold virtually any DIP MPU from 8 pin to 40 pin! Use it with a PIC, a Stamp, a Cypress PSoC, or any DIP processor with 40 or fewer pins!

New APP-II Feature (free download)
If you have an APP-II (or you want to get one), be sure to read a new article that explains how to use the APP-II to program a PIC16F873/4/6/7A processor with your code. This allows you to develop on the APP-II and then copy your code to an "ordinary" PIC when you are done, leaving the APP-II available for more development. You can read all about it (and download the free software).

JTAG Interface Programs AVR Processors
If you own (or want to own) our XCP1 JTAG interface, you can use it to program many Atmel AVR microcontrollers. Here's how.

PS-II Power Supply Available
Our popular PS-I power supply kit now comes in a 3.3V version, the PS-II.

GP3/C# Article
If you enjoyed Michael Gold's GP-3 scope article, be sure to check out his Dot Net Voltmeter. He also wrote up a solar power tool that uses the GP-3.

PAK-XI Makes Reading Position Data Easy
So many of our customers use the PAK-VI to read mice, we've made a chip just for reading position data. Perfect for robotics, CNC, or anywhere you want a low-cost, highly-accurate position measurement on two axes. Check it out. Also, check out our new position reading kit, the GP5.

APP-II Linux:
Download the latest driver program for the APP-II PIC Programming kit. This software lets you program the PIC from nearly any operating system that supports Java (including Linux).

GP-3 Articles:
We've been so excited about our new GP-3 kit, we've been writing articles about how to use it:
- Introduction to the GP3 : covers basics, Visual Basic, ASP, WSH, and more
- The GP3 and Excel: find out how to acquire data with a GP3 and Excel
- Using the GP3 with Java or JavaScript: You can use the GP3's JavaScript interpreter to write quick test programs or use Java under Windows, Linux or any supported Java OS.

Surface Mount:
Now our PAK-II, PAK-IX, and PAK-X are available in efficient 28-pin SOIC surface mount packaging! PAK-Vb, PAK-Vc, PAK-VIIa, and PAK-VIIIa are now available in 28-pin TSOP on special request.

Micro Tasks
New! Need just a little help with a project? Check out our new Micro Tasks!

Check out the new FAQ
FAQs about PAKs, APP-II, and all AWC products are here. Also, don't miss the the document library.

How much do you pay for Ceramic Resonators?
Buy 5 packs of 20MHz or 50MHz three terminal resonators and save. How much? 20MHz resonators for $0.60/each or 50MHz for $1.10/each. Check out Components!

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