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    Lightbulb Propeller Resource Index

    Greetings everyone! To consolidate sticky threads and keep things more neat and tidy we're going to have thissticky thread where links to all relevant/useful information can be located. To that end if you would like to see something added please follow up in this thread with your comments and/or suggestionsand wewill try to keep this information up to date.

    Getting Started:

    Propeller Education Kit Labs - Andy Lindsay
    This is a collection of links to Propeller Education Kit labs and discussions.

    Propeller GCC
    This project is a GCC port for the Parallax Propeller P8x32a Microcontroller.

    Assembly Code Examples for the beginner - Many contributors
    A collection of various Propeller assembly code examples and routines.

    Machine Language Tutorial - deSilva
    This link leads to a thread with a PDF file attachment.

    Propeller Questions & Answers System
    A helpful online system with many questions and corresponding answers.

    View Archived Parallax Propeller Webinars
    This is a collection of video clips from previous Propeller Webinars covering many important topics.

    First Spin - What do you get when you combine an experienced programmer, a self taught programmer, and someone with zero experience programming? First Spin!
    First Spin is meant for anyone interested in taking a closer look at how to program with the Propeller microcontroller in an unusually easy-to-understand podcast. This podcast assumes you have extremely little to no experience coding and maybe even little prior interest.

    Documentation and Code:

    Propeller Manual, Propeller Datasheet, Propeller Diagrams, Schematics and Images
    A comprehensive page with all the media for the Propeller product line.

    Propeller Object Exchange
    The Propeller Object Exchange contains many source code objects for the Propeller microcontroller. They are created and submitted by Propeller customers as well as Parallax engineers for use by everyone in the community.

    Propeller Application Notes
    Get started programming the P8X32A Propeller Microcontroller with our user friendly application notes designed for professional projects and engineers in mind. Located under Downloads & Documentation.


    Our entire offering of videos can be found on our YouTube channel.

    Parallax Video Library
    A selection of videos featuring our robotics product line and a few videos of customer projects and experiments.


    Propeller Tool Software
    Includes software, source code, USB driver and Propeller Manual V1.01

    Parallax Serial Terminal (Included in Propeller Tool Software)
    A handy tool for communication with serial-based microcontrollers such as the Propeller. This software is used extensively by the Propeller Education Kit Labs.

    ViewPort - Standard
    ViewPort - Ultimate
    ViewPort is the premier debugging environment for the Propeller. The tool combines an integrated debugger with powerful graphics that show you what's going on within the Propeller.

    PASD - Propeller Assembly Sourcecode Debugger
    An Assembly Sourcecode Debugger,it can be very useful for Assembly freaks to find bugs, but also for beginners to learn Assembly. Like Kaio's POD (Propeller OnChip Debugger), the PASD runs an Assembly program on the Propeller chip in real time, it is not a simulator. You can test your code with all the connected hardware for input and output.

    C++ HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) for PropGCC; Robust build system using CMake; Instructions for Eclipse and JetBrain's CLion; Example projects; Doxygen documentation; Integrated Simple Library and libpropeller

    Cross platform, free, and open source C/C++ IDE for Makers that brings powerful code editing and data visualization capabilities to your fingertips.

    Open source collection of C++ Propeller GCC objects

    bst- Brad Campbell
    bst is a fairly complete Integrated Development Environment that aimsto be eventually comparable and compatible with the Parallax Propeller Tool. All tools available for Windows 32, Linux i386, Mac OS X and PowerPC.

    Propalyzer - Steve (jazzed)

    Provide a serial interface logic analyzer GUI for a Propeller running capture code.

    Hardware Discussion (Forum Threads):
    Current list of Propeller Boards (Parallax and 3rd Party)
    What is your favorite Propeller Board?

    Technical Considerations:

    How to safely interface a 5V signal to the Propeller


    HYDRA Projects Master List
    A listing of projects using the HYDRA that have been posted to our forum

    2009/10 Propeller Design Contest Winners
    The winning projects of the 2009/10 Propeller Design Contest

    2008 Propeller Design Contest Winners
    Winning projects were based on originality, professionalism, appropriateness of the Propeller in the design and practicality/usefullness.

    Why the Propeller Works - Chip Gracey
    Chip Gracey explains why you should feel comfortable using the Propeller chip in your designs.

    Propeller Tricks & Traps - Phil Pilgrim
    This is meant to be an unofficial, open-ended, never-to-be-finished compendium of hints and gotchas discovered while learning how to use and program the Propeller.

    Good Thread Index - Graham Stabler
    A collection of useful links.

    Best of Propeller Applications - OBC
    A project listintendedfor those whoare those interested in microcomputer design/hobby, demonstration of capability.

    Building Blocks to the Propeller Chip - Anthony Myatt

    Propeller FAQ- Still in development
    Two FAQ's that summarize the issues discussed and proposed solutions in this thread.

    CadSoft Eagle EDA Propeller Library
    Forum post that haslibrary files that can be used with Cadsoft Eagle EDA software
    Last edited by Chris Savage; 04-20-2015 at 05:15 PM. Reason: Changed link for Application Notes
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    I'm obviously overlooking something.
    I just received my propeller proto usb board and can't find schematics or docs on the website or any of the above links.
    Thanks for redirecting my attention, can't wait to get the LED blinking!
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    That's a great start, thanks!

    I have power, and comms!
    Hoping to blink a LED tonight!

    Cool looking 'bot on your .sig.
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    So, I'm still short one thing, that is documentation of the holes on the board!
    Seriously, I know it's a protoboard, but my eyes are not as good as they used to be and traces are getting pretty small!
    I'd really like to know which holes are power, which are ground, which are NC.

    Usually on a proto board like this there is a drawing which I can blow up to readable size.
    I KNOW there is a drawing somewhere because they manufacture the thing!

    Hey Parallax! Nice product, where are the docs!?!?! How come they are hiding?

    Thanks in advance!
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    All the holes that have some special meaning are labeled. The pins go around the outside of the chip, and there's also some power and ground on the ends of the rows. If there is a white line between two holes they are connected. There is a power bus at the top of the board, servo bus at the top right. All the other holes are unconnected.
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    I'm a newbie to the Propeller Chip.
    My background is with Motorola HCxx stuff
    But I must say this is the chip I've been looking for.
    I've goofed with AVR and ARM chips.
    Never worked with PIC,
    But the thing I like the most about
    the Prop 1 is:

    Easy to hookup and use.

    Low part count.

    DIP Package!

    I/O port pinout and control is very clean
    and flexible and generic. Easy to program and expand.

    Fast 8x32 bit processors that work together on one chip
    with a common memory and I/O

    Built in interpreter.

    Don't have to deal with a pile of hardware configuration registers.

    No hardware interrupt hoops to jump through.

    Enough COGs and Main Memory to be useful
    for most of my apps.

    Video! Yow!


    I can't find anything wrong with this chip for the price.

    I have a feeling my AVR / ARM boards are going to
    gather dust after discovering this chip.

    This chip was designed for prototype-rs like me.

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    That is great information. I have chance to look over something in the post. Thanks for that
    Last edited by ForumTools; 10-01-2010 at 11:57 PM. Reason: Forum Migration

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    Hello all,
    When I try at this Link:
    -- Propeller Diagrams, Schematics and Images --
    I get:
    --Access Denied--
    --You do not have access to view this tab within the portal.--
    I have a Parallax account and I have log on too,...anybody know, why?

    At the end, everything will became Electron...!
    Last edited by ForumTools; 10-01-2010 at 11:57 PM. Reason: Forum Migration

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    The PASD forum thread link under the Tools section of this top post in this thread appears to be broken.

    I think the new thread is http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?p=901754
    Last edited by ForumTools; 10-01-2010 at 11:57 PM. Reason: Forum Migration

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    Default Re: Propeller: Getting Started and Key Thread Index

    That link also does not work!

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    Default Re: Propeller: Getting Started and Key Thread Index

    Quote Originally Posted by scaninky View Post
    That link also does not work!
    Try this: http://forums.parallaxinc.com/forums...?f=25&m=448003

    The forum gods are working on fixing links, but in the mean time, if you have a link to the old forums, replace the "forums.parallax.com" portion with "forums.paralaxinc.com" and you should be "good to go.

    John R.

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    Default Re: Propeller: Getting Started and Key Thread Index

    Ah yes, it does seem that something was overlooked. Humanoido's comprehensive list of computer languages created for the Propeller.

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    Default Re: Propeller / HYDRA: Key Thread Index

    More Tools Links For Propeller:

    BST (Brad's Spin Tool GUI) http://www.fnarfbargle.com/bst
    BSTC (Command line compiler) http://www.fnarfbargle.com/bst/bstc/Latest
    BSTL (Command line loader) http://www.fnarfbargle.com/bst/bstl/Latest

    BMA Multi-COG command line PASM Debugger

    Propalyzer Propeller Logic Analyzer GUI

    Uterm command line serial port program

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    Default How to post code in the forum

    I wanted to have this thread at an easy to find place


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    Re: Propeller Education Kit Labs, Tools, and Applications
    Installation of PE Kit Tools - Debug Lite for the Parallel Serial Terminal is no problem.
    But the displays shows different results. (Figure 1. Parallax Serial Terminal Debugging Session)

    Even though I click on the serial terminal transmit windowpane the text Parallel Serial Terminal Debug-LITE and the structure of the IC P8X32 is not shown.

    1-> <-1 dT 8000000
    1-> <-0 index = 24
    1-> <-1 array[0] = 100
    1-> <-0 array[1] = 84
    0<- <-0 array[2] = 92
    0<- <-0 myVal = 126
    0<- <-0 a = 10
    1<- <-0 b = 20
    c = 30
    retVal = 128
    i = 3
    wa = 30
    1<- <-0 wb[0] = 24

    What goes wrong?

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    Default Re: Propeller Resource Index

    Graham Stabler has a great tutorial.

    Assembly, Step by Step

    If the grass is greener on the other side...it's time to water your lawn.

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    Hi Chris,

    I'd like to see Catalina added to the list. Catalina is a fully functional, fully supported 100% ANSI C development environment for the Propeller - currently the only one, in fact.

    Catalina - a FREE ANSI C compiler for the Propeller.
    Download it from http://catalina-c.sourceforge.net/

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    Default Re: Propeller Resource Index

    I just found this very useful thread about debugging (or even better about avoiding bugs). Everybody who is developping a non-trivial project should read it.

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    Default Re: Propeller Resource Index

    Many of the links need to be updated. I just tried several of them and got many 404 errors. Just thought I would let you all know.

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