PICAXE, put simply, is a microcontroller system based on a wide range of Microchip PIC Microcontrollers. PIC (usually said "pick") microcontrollers take the simplicity and user-friendliness of boards like the Arduino and Raspberry Pi to the microchip level. These microcontrollers are loaded with a pre-programmed firmware that enables bootloading of code directly from a PC, opening up hobbyists and educators to the rewarding experiences of directly coding microchips.  


In short, a PICAXE microcontroller is designed to be the brain of your electronic project. It came about in 1999 when a company called Revolution Education enabled educators to program micro controller's without the strict need for a computer. Nowadays PICAXE is one of the most recognised names in the microcontroller industry, with hundreds of thousands of hobbyists and professionals using PIC micro controllers everyday.


PICAXE chips are popular because they are very low-cost, and simple to program using free, easy-to-learn software. The PICAXE chip can react to input sensors and switch outputs on and off accordingly.

If you're an educator looking for a specific PICAXE chip or even an enthused hobbyist the best place to look is our Maker Favourites list, still cant find what you're looking for? Don't hesitate to talk to us here at Core Electronics about your next PICAXE project!

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  1. PICAXE USB Programming Cable
    SKU: PGM-08312 Brand: Picaxe
    If you’re looking to play with PICAXE microcontrollers on a computer with only USB, look no further! The PICAXE USB programming cable allows PICAXE micros to be programmed from any platform (Windows and Linux). The cable has the FT232R embedded into the USB connector and will show up on your computer as a new COM port. If you’re using Windows you’ll need to install some drivers, which can be found on the PICAXE download page below, it’s really easy!
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    1 from local stock, 1 supplier stock; your order will dispatch between Dec 1 to Dec 10. And yes, stock levels and lead times are accurate!

    Delivered by Jul 5th
  2. PICAXE Serial Programming Cable
    SKU: PGM-08313 Brand: Picaxe
    Used for programming, this cable allows the PICAXE to be connected to any computer with a serial port. The folks at PICAXE have developed a very convenient way to develop with PIC microcontrollers! By placing a small bootloader onto the IC, the user can download new PICAXE code onto the IC over a serial connection. This cable has a standard DB9 connection on one end, and a 3.5mm audio connection on the other. Works with all PICAXE development boards.

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