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PIC newbie questions

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Rich Grise, Aug 23, 2003.

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  1. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    I'm just kind of wondering about just how easy a PIC is to actually
    use. From what I've gleaned from a cursory scan of what pops up on
    searches and websites, it looks like I can get an 8-pin dip that I
    could just plug into a ProtoBoard, with maybe an RS-232 chip, and
    an output buffer, and have a whole system ready to go, programmed
    by the serial port from the host computer?

    Please correct me if you'd need more than that. (well, power supply,
    of course)

  2. Its actually easier than that. You can buy a working system from microchip
    for around $40 US, that has a USB programmer for the flash 8 pin (and 14
    pin) chip, a bunch of tutorials, and a PIC12F675 chip (thats the 8 pin one).
    Take a look for PICFirst on the site.

    Also, there are numerous other programmer designs you can build or buy, lots
    of support from various newsgroups and help on the PIC site in the form of
    tech notes that can be used to guide the design of various projects.

    I'm raving here because I just got the PICFirst system, and have been
    happily building various projects with it. Much cheaper/easier than using
    discrete logic or CPLD/FPGA logic.

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