From MiRC - Michigan Robotics Club
Atmel makes the AVR family of chips.
For $20 from Digikey you can get this:
The GNU C compiler for this is free! Some Linux distributions have AVR-GCC already packaged for apt/yum download and installation, including programming software. Just 'apt-cache search avr' under Debian, but here is a package list for Ubuntu! Here is WinAVR for those unfortunate to be running Windows.
There is an AVR-Eclipse plugin available for those familiar with the freely available and very powerful Eclipse IDE, which also is being packaged with some Linux distributions.
- ATmega and ATtiny chips can also be a easily bread boarded.
- Debian or Ubuntu Packages for AVR
- AVRlib is a useful C library.
- AVR Freaks is one of the best sites for AVR users.