Designing Embedded Systems with PIC Microcontrollers

1st Edition

Principles and Applications

Authors: Tim Wilmshurst
Paperback ISBN: 9780750667555
eBook ISBN: 9780080468143
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 24th October 2006
Page Count: 584
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This book is a hands-on introduction to the principles and practice of embedded system design using the PIC microcontroller. Packed with helpful examples and illustrations, it gives an in-depth treatment of microcontroller design, programming in both assembly language and C, and features advanced topics such as networking and real-time operating systems. It is accompanied by a companion website containing copies of all programs and software tools used in the text and a ‘student’ version of the C complier.

Designing Embedded Systems with PIC Microcontrollers: Principles and Applications is ideal for students of electronics, mechatronics and computer engineering. Engineers in industry and informed hobbyists will also find this book a valuable resource when designing and implementing both simple and sophisticated embedded systems using the PIC Microcontroller.

Support material, including new and supporting information, links to useful sites, and errata, is available from the book's companion site.

Key Features

*Gain the knowledge and skills required for developing today's embedded systems, through use of the PIC microcontroller.

*Explore in detail the 16F84A, 16F873A and 18F242 microcontrollers as examples of the wider PIC family.

*Learn how to program in Assembler and C.

*Work through sample designs and design ideas, including a robot in the form of an autonomous guided vehicle.

*Accompanied by a CD-ROM containing copies of all programs and software tools used in the text and a ‘student' version of the C complier.


Professional engineers developing embedded systems, informed hobbyists and engineering students.

Table of Contents

Section 1 Getting started with embedded systems

  1. Tiny computers, hidden control 1.1 The main idea-embedded systems in today's world 1.2 Some example embedded systems 1.3 Some computer essentials 1.4 Microprocessors and microcontrollers 1.5 Microchip and the PIC microcontroller 1.6 An introduction to PIC microcontrollers using the 12 series 1.7 What others do- a Freescale microcontroller Summary References

Section 2 Minimum systems and the PIC 16F84A

  1. Introducing the PIC 16 series and the 16F84A 2.1 The main idea- the PIC 16 series family 2.2 An architecture overview of the 16F84A 2.3 A review of memory technologies 2.4 The 16F84A memory 2.5 Some issues of timing 2.6 Power up and reset 2.7 What others do- the Atmel AT89C2051 2.8 Taking things further- the 16F84A on-chip reset circuit Summary References

  2. Parallel ports, power supply and the clock oscillator 3.1 The main idea- parallel input/output 3.2 The technical challenge of parallel input/output 3.3 Connecting to the parallel port 3.4 The PIC 16F84A parallel ports 3.5 The clock oscillator 3.6 Power supply 3.7 The hardware design of the electronic ping-pong Summary References

  3. Starting to program- an introduction to Assembler 4.1 The main idea- what programs do and how we develop them 4.2 The PIC 16 series instruction set, with a little more on the ALU 4.3 Assemblers and the assembler format 4.4 Creating simple programs 4.5 Adopting a development envi


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About the Author

Tim Wilmshurst

Tim Wilmshurst is the author of Designing Embedded Systems with PIC Microcontrollers. He has been designing embedded systems since the early days of microcontrollers. For many years this was for Cambridge University, where he led a development team building original systems for research applications – for example in measurement of bullet speed, wind tunnel control, simulated earthquakes, or seeking a cure to snoring. Now he is Head of Electronic Systems at the University of Derby, where he aims to share his love of engineering design with his students.

Affiliations and Expertise

Head of Electronics, University of Derby, UK