The Microchip PIC family of microcontrollers is the most popular series of microcontrollers in the world. However, no microcontroller is of any use without software to make it perform useful functions. This comprehensive reference focuses on designing with Microchip’s mid-range PIC line using MBASIC, a powerful but easy to learn programming language. It illustrates MBASIC’s abilities through a series of design examples, beginning with simple PIC-based projects and proceeding through more advanced designs. Unlike other references however, it also covers essential hardware and software design fundamentals of the PIC microcontroller series, including programming in assembly language when needed to supplement the capabilities of MBASIC. Details of hardware/software interfacing to the PIC are also provided. BENEFIT TO THE READER: This book provides one of the most thorough introductions available to the world’s most popular microcontroller, with numerous hardware and software working design examples which engineers, students and hobbyists can directly apply to their design work and studies. Using MBASIC, it is possible to develop working programs for the PIC in a much shorter time frame than when using assembly language.

Key Features

* Offers a complete introduction to programming the most popular microcontroller in the world, using the MBASIC compiler from a company that is committed to supporting the book both through purchases and promotion

* Provides numerous real-world design examples, all carefully tested

* Companion website contains the source code files and executables, and will include a demo version of the MBASIC compiler, allowing engineers to work out the design exercises in the book


Embedded Design Engineers, Computer Engineers, Software Engineers, System Engineers

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Author’s Preface
1. Introduction to the PIC
2. Introduction to MBASIC
3. The Basics-Outputs
4. The Basics--Inputs
5. LCD Display
6. Reading the Rotary Encoder
7. LED 7-segment display
8. Introduction to Stepper Motors
9. Serial I/O
10. Interrupts and Timers in MBASIC
11. It’s an Analog World, After All
12. External sensors
13. Assembler 101
14. In-line assembler
15. Interrupt Handling and Timers in Assembler
16. Sine wave synthesis and low frequency DDS
17. Tone decoding
18. External memory interface
19. Advanced Stepper Motors
20. X-10 Interfacing
21. Communicating with a digital potentiometer
22. TV Type IR remote control
23. Controlling AC with a triac and solid state relay
24. DC motor speed control
25. Bar Code Reader
26. A Morse code keyer
27. Morse Code Reader
28. Data Logger
29. User’s Guide Corrections and Bugs
A. Annex A – Parts list
B. Function Index
C. Companion website Contents


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About the editor

Jack Smith

Affiliations and Expertise

Founder and Consultant, TeleworX, Vienna, VA.


"I've been so impressed with this book in the week I've been reading it, that I have to think the only reason it's not made it to these forums yet is because no one has found it yet. If you've been waiting, as I have, for a rewrite of the MBasic manual, then you should buy this book. This is much more than just a manual (although it's very good as that), and I haven't seen any MBasic tutorials with this much depth anywhere. It's an AMAZING volume of work, easily one of the best textbooks on any subject that I've seen in a long time. Laid out in a tutorial format, with each chapter building on the ideas in the previous pages, the book is also easy to use to find specific techniques as you would with a reference book, either with the index, or with the thorough way Jack cross-references related subjects within each chapter. Jack introduces one or two major concepts in each chapter, such as working with digital outputs, I2C, stepper motors, or HSerial, and then shows how to design the electronics parts of the concept as well, and gives solid reasoning for how he's making design choices along the way. He has a deep understanding of both computer theory and electronics design, but presents both of them in a friendly, non-jargon-y way that I think many experience levels could understand. My biggest question now is, it's obvious that Jack got some fantastic help on the project from Basic Micro themselves - so why aren't they selling the book right from this site? Or at least announcing its availability? So far, I have found answers to every question that's stumped me even after reading these forums I hope some others can enjoy this as much as I have. It's made me excited again about how much MBasic allows you to do with a PIC." - Brian, Basic Micro Forum I got home late tonight. I w