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P931 PIC Training Course £148
Imagine trying to teach English grammar to a child before allowing him or her to speak!. That is how most books approach a technical subject but we know better. We know that practical experience makes learning the theory an interesting proposition. The success has been proven with time. We have been selling PIC training courses for 15 years and trading for over 30 years.
Click Which computer language should we study
For absolute beginners
and beginners with a professional interest
For Windows 7, 8 or 10.
(Course updated June 2012)
Our PIC training and development system is a complete course which introduces PIC microcontrollers to absolute beginners. We have been selling this course for 12 years with regular updates to ensure we are using the very latest PICs. We started in 2000 using the PIC16F84 which remained with us until 2007 when we finally admitted the old favourite had outlived its usefulness, and updated to the PIC16F627A. Then in 2010 we updated to the eXtremely Low Power PIC16F1827 which has four times the memory, is just as easy to use, and is half the price of the PIC16F84.
The key to our system being easy and enjoyable right from the very beginning is that it is centred around two real books which lie open on your desk while you are using your PC to write the programmes and to drive the programmer/ experimental module.
The course material consists of our USB powered 16F and 18F PIC programmer module, a 320 page book introducing PIC assembly language in the simplest possible way, a 314 page book which takes you slowly into the C programming language, a 294 page book which teaches serial communication between a PC and a PIC, and software comprising a PIC assembler and a C compiler.
The programmer module is used to write our programmes into the PIC so that we can test them in the real world, and it is used as a test bed for running the programmes. It is wired with light emitting diodes, push button switches and an alphanumeric liquid crystal display so the experiments can be performed without needing to wire the circuits.
The progreammer module has two USB sockets, one for control and one for experimental use. The control PIC has two modes of operation, its normal programming mode, and a USB to USART mode. Programme your PIC in the usual way then flip the red switches and your PIC can use the control PIC as a serial link to your PC. All designed to make the learning process as straightforward as possible.
The programmer is powered from your PC via the USB cable and can be connected to any USB port on your PC.
Our programmer/experimental module takes its power from your computer via the USB
connection, and can be connected to any USB port on your PC. The software for this
course requires a PC with Windows 7, 8 or 10.
Order code P931:-
The programmer/experimental module takes its power from your computer via the USB
connection and so does not require a separate power supply. The programmer/experimental
module can be connected directly to any USB port on your PC.
Optional kit of components
for Experimenting with PIC C
Full set of components for
white LEDs and motors tests
in chapters 12 and 13, including
all wire links and motors wired
with connecting leads.
Plus sounder and thermistor
for chapter 10 (Freezer thaw),
and chapter 11 (temperature tests).
As listed below:-
2 off PIC16F1826/7
3 off ultra bright white LEDs
.....30000 mcd, 20mA, 15 deg
3 off low current red LEDs
1 off 100uH inductor
1 off 4v3 zener diode
2 off FDP6035AL MOSFET
2 off 1A schottky diodes
2 off small DC motors
2 off variable resistors
1 off optoisolated triac
1 off BTA16-600B triac
1 pack resistors
1 pack capacitors
1 off push button switch
1 pack trimmed wire links
1 PP3 battery lead to two pins
1 battery holder 2 x AA
1 battery holder 4 x AA
1 off 100k thermistor
1 off piezo sounder
1 pack of components
..... for phaseshift oscillator
Complete kit of parts............£31.00
|Some of the experiments in "Experimenting with PIC C" require circuits to be built up on the plugboard. The components for the experiments in chapters 12 and 13 are listed above on the right and are an optional extra. If this optional kit is purchased there is no soldering involved. The links are supplied cut to the correct lengths and the motors are supplied wired with connecting leads. Full point to point wiring instructions
are included in the book, and the only tools needed to construct the circuits are a pair of side cutters and a pair of pointed nose pliers. Resistors are individually bagged and the other components are grouped logically so that no previous knowledge of components is needed. As well as learning about PIC programming this is also an excellent way to learn about some complex electronic circuits.
Experimenting with PIC Microcontrollers 7th Edition
Everyone should start programming PICs using assembly language because this is the only way to fully understand what happens, but there is a general misconception that PIC assembly language is difficult. Imagine trying to teach English grammar to a child before allowing him or her to speak yet that is how most books approach a technical subject. Our first book introduces PIC assembly language programming by jumping straight in with four easy experiments. The first is explained over seven and a half pages assuming no starting knowledge of PICs. The programmes are tested using the simulator then written into the test PIC and run in the real world.
Then having gained some practical experience we study the basic principles of PIC programming, learn about the 8 bit timer, how to drive the liquid crystal display, create a real time clock, experiment with the watchdog timer, sleep mode, beeps and music, including a rendition of Beethoven's Fur Elise. Then there are two projects to work through, using a PIC as a sinewave generator and investigating the power taken by domestic appliances.
The second project requires us to measure voltages and currents. Previously we needed to change to using a more expensive PIC but an analogue to digital converter is one of the extra features contained in the PIC16F1827. Now we are able to continue using the same PIC.
Finally we learn how to adapt the experiments right through the book so the software can be run in the PIC16F627A family, PIC16F84 and PIC18F2321 family. In the space of 24 experiments, two projects and 56 exercises the book works through from absolute beginner to experienced engineer level, covering a comprehensive selection of the most up to date microcontrollers.
For most of the experiments we use the Brunning Software assembler BSPWA. But in Chapters 3M and 5M we repeat some of the previous experiments using the official Microchip assembler MPASM X. The text used for both assemblers is identical so when we repeat the experiments we simply load in the file we have already created using BSPWA. So we benefit from the simplicity of BSPWA while also learning to use MPASM X.
This book is wirobound to open flat, 240mm x 170mm, 320 pages.
For most programmes the Brunning Software PIC assembler BSPWA requires no setting up. Start the programme running. Click [Load Template] to create the top six lines. Start typing your programme text.
Click [Build] to create the PIC code. Click [Start Simulator] to test the code. Connect the Brunning Software programmer module to your PC and fit a test PIC into one of the ZIF sockets. Click [Write Test PIC] to write the code into the test PIC. Click [Run Test PIC] to start the programme running.
For more information about BSPWA 7.1 click here.
Experimenting with PIC C - 7th Edition
We start by typing a very simple programme in C which gets the PIC to turn on two LEDs. Then we discover how easy it is to use C to create programme loops, and we experiment with IF statements. We learn how to use C to access the 8 bit and 16 bits timers, we write messages to the LCD, and use the keypad to enter numbers.
Then its time for 25 pages of serious study where we read about some of the more complex C techniques. We are not expected to remember this, the idea being to start the process of understanding the deeper aspects of C.
As we work through chapters 9 to 14 we use a PIC to generate a siren sound, create a freezer thaw warning device, and use a thermistor connected to a PIC to measure temperature. We use the PIC as a step up switching regulator, and to control the speed of a DC motor with maximum torque still available. Then we study how to use any PIC to switch 240 volt AC supplies using an optoisolated triac driving a high current triac. We study how to use the PIC's USART. We start our USART experimenting with direct PIC to PIC serial communication. Then we expand this to experiment with PIC to PC communication using the control PIC in its USB to USART mode. For the PC side of these experiments we use a serial coms facility which is built into BSPWA to avoid needing to write a programme for the PC. (When you work through the third book you will learn how to create your own PC programmes).
Chapters 15 to 21 have been added with the 4th edition of Experimenting with PIC C published on 1st December 2009. These seven chapters introduce C for 18F PICs. We start with a very simple programme, experiment with the built in timer, write to the LCD and read the keypad. Then we make a direct comparison between 18F assembler and C by experimenting with the complex calculations needed for temperature measurement. We end by using C to write the code for 18F PIC to PC serial communication.
This book is wirobound to open flat, 240mm x 170mm, 304 pages.
(optional) Experimenting with Serial Communication - 4th Edition
This third stage of our PIC training course is optional. It starts with simple experiments using a PIC18F2321. We use the PIC to flash LEDs and to write text to the LCD. Then we begin our study of PC programming by using Visual C# to create simple self contained PC programmes. When we have a basic understanding of PC programming we experiment with simple PC to PIC serial communication. We use the PC to control how the PIC lights the LEDs then send text messages both ways. We use Visual C# to experiment with using the PC to display sinewaves from simple mathematics. Then we expand our PC and PIC programmes gradually until a full digital storage oscilloscope is created. The final audio oscilloscope has harmonic analysis and sophistcated triggering. For all these experiments we use the P931 programmer as our test bed. When we need the serial link to the PC we flip the red switches to put the control PIC into its USB to USART mode.
The second half of Experimenting with Serial Communications 4th Edition starts with an introduction to our Easy USB. Then we repeat some of the serial experiments but this time we use a PIC18F2450 with its own USB port which we connect directly to a USB port of your PC. We follow this with essential background study then work through a complete project to use a PIC to measure temperatures, send the raw data to the PC, and use the PC to calculate and display the temperature.
Easy USB is a perfect solution for simple and medium complexity project. For complex projects or where the timing is critical it is best to split the action between two or more PICs. In the last chapter of the book we complete the study by learning how to use the library routines to programme a PIC18F2450 as a USB to USART converter.
This book is wirobound to open flat, 240mm x 170mm, 294 pages.
(Optional) Book 4: Experimenting with 32 bit PIC C - 1st Edition
This book starts with a concise two page introduction to the ideas behind the writing of this book. Then chapter 2 gives a six page overview of 28 pin 32 bit PICs. The configuration information may seem rather daunting but it is important to remember that the ideas are only being introduced, and at this stage it is not necessary to fully understand these requirements.
Then we return to the easy life with a simple programme to flash two LEDs. We experiment with loops and push button control, learn to use the 16 bit and 32 bit timers, write to the liquid crystal display, and use the keypad to enter numbers. All these programmes use almost exactly the same main text as we used with 8 bit PICs.
Then we experiment with PC to PIC serial communication using the 8 bit P955 programmer in its USB to USART mode. The setting of the USART of the 32 bit PIC is done using low level C which makes it much easier to understand. For the PC end of the serial coms we use the serial coms buttons of BSPWA as we do when using 8 bit PICs. This similarity helps with the understanding of the more complex 32 bit requirements.
The analogue to digital converter in 32 bit PICs has a maximum conversion rate of one million samples per second which is much faster than the ADC in 8 bit PICs. We start our experiments with the ADC by programming a simple temperature measurement system. Then we start a sequence of experiments to create a digital storage oscilloscope with variable scan rate and advanced triggering.
This book finishes with three chapters repeating some of the experiments using 24F 16 bit PICs.
This book is wirobound to open flat, 240mm x 170mm, 282 pages.
||In Experimenting with PIC C (book 2) the experiment with the 3 white LEDs creates a light bright enough to be used as a torch. The brightness has to be seen to be believed!
The two experiments using the PIC16F1827 to control the speed of first one and then two motors are fascinating. This PIC has two comparators built in. We are able to use these to monitor the emf so that the full torque is available even at very low speeds. The theory behind this is fully explained in the book.
Chapter 14 of Experimenting with PIC C introduces serial data communication using the PICs Universal Synchronous Asynchronous Receiver Transmitter (USART). It sounds complicated but it is actually very easy to understand. We start with PIC to PIC serial communication. To do these experiments we need two PIC circuits. One PIC is fitted in the programmer module and programmed as the master. The slave circuit can be wired in the attached plugboard but it is better to wire it in a separate plugboard as shown so the two circuits can be moved apart.
When the slave circuit is fully wired its PIC can be programmed while in the circuit by running a programming lead to the 40 pin ZIF socket as shown above.
When both PICs are programmed we connect the two circuits together using a 3 way lead and then start the tests. The master PIC should be fitted in the 40 pin ZIF socket but it was left out of this photograph!
||The wiring of the slave circuit with the programming lead fitted.|
||The same slave circuit with the serial lead fitted.|
Mid range PICs Programmed
Our Windows based assembler BSPWA_16F can programme the 16F PICs listed below using our P931 programmer module:-
18F PICs Programmed
Our Windows based assembler BSPWA_18F can programme the 18F PICs listed below using our P931 programmer module:-
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