Hi there to all, I used a propeller chip once upon a time just to play with. I like all the options it had over the BS2 but I found it a little harder to get used to vs the stamp, So now I'm looking to buy other micro-controllers that offers the same features and ease of use as the propeller or basic stamp 2 for a cheaper price point. I see some chips start at a few cents, surely I don't wanna waste my time buying crappy parts but I'm not even sure where to start. I found and old chip and it wanted like 3-4 softwares and I still did not understand how to program it tho it was minimal in features and had only 33 or so words in its language. Is there a popular chip people use?
Some things I would like the chip to do:
Video output (NTSC/PAL/VGA like propeller)
ADC analog to digital converter
Wireless (would be nice but not needed-any type)
On board memory (not a must)
Multitasking (like the 8 cores able to simultaneously work with propeller)
Mice, keyboards, LCDs
Stepper motors and sensors.
I would be appreciative of any help or advice. Thanks in advance
also I only know like mouser and digikey to buy parts besides parallax- is there somewhere more affordable I should be looking?