8051 Design Platform

Embedded learning, prototyping and product development platform


  • AT89S8253, AT89xx series of microcontrollers
  • RTC with DS1307
  • 4 Seven segment display modules
  • RELAY 230V, 7A
  • I2C, SPI & serial interface
  • Graphic LCD with 128×64 resolution
  • EEPROM with AT24C16A
  • 4×4 matrix Keypad
  • ISP (In-system programming interface)
  • USB to serial UART interface FT232R
  • SD Card module
  • Character LCD 16×2
  • DC Motor interface
  • 5V Regulated DC supply


  • 8bit 8051 microcontroller design platform mostly suitable for experimentation
  • Wide range of compatible 8051 Microcontrollers in AT89XX series from Atmel
  • FT232R, Single chip USB to serial data transfer interface
  • On-board SD CARD (Secure digital card) module for advanced memory extension
  • High quality Graphic LCD module for displaying monochrome images
  • Synchronous serial communication modules SPI, I2C
  • Supports even low cost ISP, USB programmers from 3rd party manufacturers
  • Easy plug and program, Programmer/ debugger to run mode switching feature
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8051 Design Platform Hardware

Basic development modules and advanced features, to enhance the capability of 8051 Design Platform beyond the design limitations. Its open structure and supported Learning Centre reduces the project design complexity for Engineers. All hardware sections are separately categorized with an open structure for the convenience of use and to deliver a clear knowledge of hardware sections.

Unique features of  8051 Design Platform

Modular Structure for realizing hardware design

The modular structure of 8051 Design Platform provides isolation between each development modules, sections and peripheral boards simplicity of design and easiness while learning and working on a modular platform. A beginner gets to know the exact circuit structure and the components involved in a particular project. This also enhances the effectiveness of learning.

Flexible port connection options of 8051 Design Platform

Flexibility refers to a number of free-on-board connections available on 8051 Design Platform. There are default ports on 8051 Design Platform but the user can make use of the free ports instead of the default ports. That means there are no permanent connections between the controller and various ports.

Programmer/ Debugger mode to Running mode switching feature

The user-friendly design adds to the convenience of use of 8051 Design Platform. It is quite easy to switch between the running mode and programming mode with the help of toggle switches mounted on-board. The switching between programming mode and running mode has been made easy with the help of an in-circuit programmer. Besides, the 8051 Design Platform is highly extendable which means the user can interface extra elements either using add-on boards or with the help of breadboard.


SD Card

Onboard SD CARD (Secure digital card) module is an advanced memory extension feature to add additional memory in high-end projects in addition to the microcontroller internal memory. There are four MOSFET level shifters which interconnect the TTL side of PIC microcontroller and 3.3V side of SD CARD. Four jumper connectors select or deselect SD CARD interface with PIC microcontroller.

  • High quality SD CARD slot
  • SPI communication protocol
  • TTL to 3.3V fast MOSFET voltage level shifter

USB 2.0

USB v2.0 development module suitable for developing USB mass storage class devices applications.This onboard module can communicate at low speeds and high speeds with external devices

  • USB v2.0 mass storage device class
  • USB type B connector


This serial wire interface memory is electrically erasable and programmable read-only memory (EEPROM). Atmel EEPROM chip AT24C16A extends 16K additional external memory with PIC microcontroller. AT24C16A chip is internally organized with 128 pages of 16 bytes and communicates with host microcontroller using I2C protocol

  • 16K bytes of memory
  • I2C communication protocol

Real Time Clock (RTC DS1307)

Real Time Clock module with connected Dual In Line package DS1307 chip. DS1307 is a low power, fully binary coded decimal(BCD) clock/calendar with 56 bytes of NV SRAM is hardware interfaced with the PIC microcontroller. Real-Time Clock Counts Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Date of the Month, Month, Day of the Week, and Year with Leap-Year Compensation.

  • RTC chip DS1307
  • Date, month & year registers
  • I2C communication protocol


128×64 Graphic LCD

128×64 pixels graphical LCD. GLCD is provided with nearby default control port and data port to easily interface with the host controller. Noise-free FRC connectors.

LCD contrast control optimizes the intensity of display for better visual experience.

  • 128 x 64 pixels Graphic LCD
  • Default control & data ports
  • GLCD contrast control

LCD 16×2

16*2 LCD module is one of the output devices capable of displaying 2 lines of 16 characters (16 bytes) each. Default data and control ports available near the LCD module. LCD contrast control is provided for adjusting the intensity.

  • 16×2 LCD
  • Default control & data ports
  • LCD contrast control

7 Segment Display

Four seven segment display modules for displaying 4 digit numerical values 0-9999. Port multiplexing method is used to save the usage of ports. Default ports are available for convenience in interfacing with microcontroller

  • Four 7 segment display modules
  • Port multiplexing method
  • Default ports for GLCD interface


Relay & Motor Driver

Motor Relay board includes 230V, 7A Relay driver & DC motor driver. DC motor driver includes ULN 2003, a monolithic high current and high voltage Darlington transistor array. Motor driver board features 4 channels having current sinking capability up to 1A each from the load.

  • 230V, 7A Relay driver
  • 4 terminal Darlington array
  • 1A current sinking capability

Communication ports


Development features for synchronous serial communications, Inter integrated circuit (I2C) and Serial peripheral interface SPI.

Serial Communication

Serial interface with microcontroller which enables two wire communication in desired baud rate

  • TTL to RS232 converter
  • DB9 port

Keypad 4X4 matrix

Matrix keypad features 16 inputs to the host microcontroller using 8bit I/O port.A 4×4 matrix keypad with 8 pins connects to the microcontroller. The rows of the keyboard can be pulled up to VCC or pulled down to the ground with single jumper connector.

  • PULL UP and PULL DOWN modes
  • High quality 4X4 matrix keypad
  • 16inputs through 8bit port

Mini Breadboard

Mini breadboard at the middle of Baseboard for assembling small test circuits in connection with microcontroller ports.

  • 170 holes
  • 4.5mm × 3.5mm × 10mm

5V regulated DC supply

5V Regulated power supply with output current up to 1.5A. Short circuit current limiting.

  • 5V regulated dc power
  • Maximum output current, 1.5A

8051 Design Platform supported development tools

8051 Design Platform supports various software and hardware tools for the Development & burning of the code. It is successfully tested for its compatibility with various 3rd party programmers.


KEIL μVision5

Keil MDK Version 5 by ARM Ltd. is the latest release of complete software development environment for a wide range of microcontrollers. KEIL μVision5 development tools for 8051 Microcontroller architecture support every level of software developer from the professional applications engineer to the student just learning about embedded software development. The Keil 8051 Development Tools are designed to solve the complex problems facing embedded software developers.


CP210x Drivers

The CP210x Driver is for the chip CP210X which is commonly found in USBISP programmers and is a highly-integrated USB-to-UART Bridge Controller. The chip on the programmer board converts the serial data from microcontroller side into USB data and vice-versa. It is widely used to burn firmware to the target board.



ISP_PROG v1.4 is a 3rd party programmer software supports a lot of ISP programmers available in the market. This software will work with all 8051 programmers with 10pin box or 6pin ISP connector.


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