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PIC Microcontrollers

An Introduction to Microelectronics

PIC Microcontrollers: An Introduction to Microelectronics, Third Edition, provides an introduction to the complex technology of microcontrollers. Starting with the standard PC, it establishes basic concepts and terminology: microprocessor systems, memory, input and output, and general digital systems ideas. It then examines the PIC microcontroller (MCU), which dominates the market for small-scale industrial applications. The analysis includes a chip that is no longer used commercially, with the minimum of advanced features: the PIC 16F84A; and the PIC 16F690, which has more features and is representative of more recent products in the PIC range. The discussions cover PIC architecture, programming techniques, PIC development systems, application design, program debugging, PIC motor applications, and microcontroller systems. Each chapter begins with an outline of contents and concludes with a set of questions for self-assessment or formal testing of students. This book was written for beginners, college or university students, or independent hobbyists.


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 to the Third Edition

    Introduction to the Third Edition

    Part 1 Getting Started

    Chapter 1: Computer Systems

    1.1. Personal Computer System

    1.2. Word-Processor 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 Development

    4.2. Program Design

    4.3. Program Editing

    4.4. Program Structure

    4.5. Program Analysis

    4.6. Program Assembly

    4.7. Program Simulation

    4.8. Program Downloading

    4.9. Program Testing

    Part 2 PIC Microcontrollers

    Chapter 5: PIC Architecture

    5.1. Block Diagram

    5.2. Program Execution

    5.3. File 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. Pseudo-Instructions

    6.8. Numerical Types

    6.9. Data Table

    Chapter 7: PIC 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

    Part 3 PIC Applications

    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: PIC Motor Applications

    11.1. Motor Control

    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

    Part 4 Microcontroller Systems

    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

    14.1. Other Microcontrollers

    14.2. Microprocessor Systems

    14.3. Control Technologies

    14.4. Control System Design

    Part 5 Appendices

    Appendix A: Binary Numbers

    A.1. Number Systems

    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. Four-Bit Data System

    Appendix C: Digital Systems

    C.1. Encoder and Decoder

    C.2. Multiplexer, Demultiplexer and Buffer

    C.3. Registers and Memory

    C.4. Memory Address Decoding

    C.5. Counters and Timers

    C.6. Serial and Shift Registers

    C.7. Arithmetic and Logic Unit

    C.8. Processor Control

    C.9. CPU System Operation

    C.10. PIC16 MCU Operation

    Appendix D: Dizi84 Demo Board

    D.1. Circuit Design

    D.2. Construction and Testing

    D.3. Analogue Conversion

    D.4. EEPROM Storage

    D.5. LOCK Application

    Appendix E: Dizi690 Demo 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

    Links and Acknowledgements

    Demo Files



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