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PIC Microcontrollers

An Introduction to Microelectronics

PIC Microcontrollers provides a comprehensive and fully illustrated introduction to microelectronic systems principles using the best-selling PIC16 range. Building on the success of previous editions, this third edition will enable readers to understand PIC products and related programming tools, and develop relevant design skills in order to successfully create new projects. Key features include:

  • Initial focus on the 16F84A chip to introduce the basic architecture and programming techniques, progressing to more recently introduced devices, such as the 16F690, and comparison of the whole PIC16 range
  • Use of the standard Microchip development software, MPLAB IDE, as well the interactive ECAD package Proteus VSM
  • Standard Microchip demo hardware, specially designed application boards, in-circuit programming and debugging
  • Basic interfacing, motor drives, temperature control and general control system applications
  • Numerous fully documented code examples which can be downloaded from the companion website

The book is aimed principally at students of electronics on advanced vocational and undergraduate courses, as well as home enthusiasts and professional engineers seeking to incorporate microcontrollers into industrial applications.


Electronics engineers, embedded systems designers, control engineers, technicians in industry, students and hobbyists needing a more complete grounding in microcontroller principles and applications.

Paperback, 456 Pages

Published: September 2011

Imprint: Newnes

ISBN: 978-0-08-096911-4


  • "For undergraduate students and entry level hobbyists, this introductory volume on programming PIC microcontrollers provides practical instruction, as well as theoretical background information, in working with modern microelectronics. Beginning with an overview of terms and concepts, the work covers topics such as microcontroller architecture, application design, program debugging, PIC motor applications, and control systems. Chapters include illustrations, code examples, exercise questions and sample applications, and access to additional online resources is provided. This third edition is updated to account for advances in microcontroller technology and references both modern chips as well as the classic PIC16F84A. Author information is not provided."--Reference and Research News, October 2012


  • Preface
    Chapter 1 Computer Systems
    1.1 Personal Computer System
    1.2 Wordprocessor Operation
    1.3 Microprocessor Systems
    1.4 Microcontroller Applications
    Chapter 2 Microcontroller Operation
    2.1 Microcontroller Architecture
    2.2 Program Operations
    Chapter 3 A Simple PIC Application
    3.1 Hardware Design
    3.2 Program Execution
    3.3 Program BIN1
    3.4 Assembly Language
    Chapter 4 PIC Program Development
    4.1 Program Design4.2 Program Editing
    4.3 Program Structure4.4 Program Analysis
    4.5 Program Assembly
    4.6 Program Simulation
    4.7 Program Downloading
    4.8 Program Testing
    Chapter 5 Internal Architecture
    5.1 Block Diagram
    5.2 Program Execution
    5.3 Register Set
    Chapter 6 Programming Techniques
    6.1 Program Timing
    6.2 Hardware Counter/Timer
    6.3 Interrupts
    6.4 Register Operations
    6.5 Special Features
    6.6 Assembler Directives
    6.7 Special Instructions
    6.8 Numerical Types
    6.6 Program Data Table
    Chapter 7 Development Systems
    7.1 In-Circuit Programming
    7.2 PICkit2 Demo System
    7.3 PIC 16F690 Chip
    7.4 Test Program
    7.5 Analogue Input
    7.6 Simulation Test
    7.7 Hardware Test
    7.8 Other PIC Demo Kits
    7.9 In-Circuit Debugging
    7.10 In-Circuit Emulation
    Chapter 8 Application Design
    8.1 Design Specification
    8.2 Hardware Design
    8.3 Software Design
    8.4 Program Implementation
    Chapter 9 Program Debugging
    9.1 Syntax Errors
    9.2 Logical Errors
    9.3 Test Schedule
    9.4 Interactive Debugging
    9.5 Hardware Testing
    Chapter 10 Hardware Prototyping
    10.1 Hardware Design
    10.2 Hardware Construction
    10.3 Dizi84 Board Design
    10.4 Dizi84 Applications
    Chapter 11 Motor Applications
    11.1 Motor Control Methods
    11.2 Motor Application Board MOT2
    11.3 Motor Control Methods
    11.4 Test Programs for MOT2
    11.5 Closed Loop Speed Control
    11.6 Motor Control Modules
    Chapter 12 More PIC Microcontrollers
    12.1 Common Features
    12.2 Device Selection
    12.3 Peripheral Interfaces
    12.4 Serial Ports
    Chapter 13 More PIC Applications
    13.1 TEMCON2 Temperature Controller
    13.2 Simplified Temperature Controllers
    13.3 PIC C Programming
    Chapter 14 More Control Systems
    4.1 Other Microcontrollers
    14.2 Microprocessor Systems
    14.3 Control Technologies
    14.4 Control System Design
    Appendix A: Binary Numbers
    A.2 Numerical Conversion
    A.3 Binary arithmetic
    Appendix B: Microelectronic Devices
    B.1 Digital Devices
    B.2 Combinational Logic
    B.3 Sequential Logic
    B.4 Data Devices
    B.5 Simple Data System
    B.6 4-Bit Data System
    Appendix C: Digital Systems
    C.1 Encoder & Decoder
    C.2 Multiplexer, Demultiplexer & Buffer
    C.3 Registers & Memory
    C.4 Memory Address Decoding
    C.5 Counters and Timers
    C.6 Serial and Shift Registers
    C.7 Arithmetic & Logic Unit
    C.8 Processor Control
    C.9 CPU System Operation
    C.10 PIC16 MCU operation
    Appendix D : DIZI84 Board
    D.1 Circuit Design
    D.2 Construction & Testing
    D.3 Analogue Conversion
    D.4 EEPROM Storage
    D.5 LOCK Application
    Appendix E : DIZI690 Board
    E.1 Circuit Design
    E.2 Schematic Edit
    E.3 Program Edit
    E.4 Circuit Simulation
    E.5 PCB Design
    E.6 Package Assignment
    E.7 Layout Edit
    E.8 Output Files
    E.9 PCB Fabrication
    Answers to Questions
    References & Links


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