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References for PIC microcontroller programming for sensors

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Shaddy Daddy, Oct 31, 2003.

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  1. Shaddy Daddy

    Shaddy Daddy Guest

    Does anyone have any references for PIC microcontroller programming
    for sensors (ie such applications as light detection /laser detection)

  2. Luhan Monat

    Luhan Monat Guest


    Sounds like a no-brainer to me. Just connect the sensor to an
    appropriate load resistance and feed an a/d input on the pic. You
    should find lots of reference listings for using the a/d on Microchips
  3. John Fields

    John Fields Guest

  4. Its output is a square wave, so instead of the A/D, I'd put the timer into
    'counter' mode, use the timer input pin to count ticks for some interval,
    and then read out the result from the timer register. Alternately, a
    frequency to voltage converter IC would work to transform its output into an
    analog voltage, so you could use the A/D.

    I'm guessing you were just pointing out the limitations of using the A/D for
    every sensor job.

    I agree.

    Bob Monsen
  5. How would you connect something like a TI TSL245 to a PIC's ADC input?

    It has a frequency output, so I'd google for 'pic frequency meter'.

    Wouter van Ooijen

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