Making PIC Microcontroller Instruments and Controllers

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February 14, 2009


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0071606157 / 9780071606158

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Main description

Essential Design Techniques From the Workbench of a Pro

Harness the power of the PIC microcontroller unit with practical, common-sense instruction from an engineering expert. Through eight real-world projects, clear illustrations, and detailed schematics, Making PIC Microcontroller Instruments and Controllers shows you, step-by-step, how to design and build versatile PIC-based devices. Configure all necessary hardware and software, read input voltages, work with control pulses, interface with peripherals, and debug your results. You'll also get valuable appendices covering technical terms, abbreviations, and a list of sample programs available online.

  • Build a tachometer that gathers, processes, and displays data 
  • Make accurate metronomes using internal PIC timers
  • Construct an asynchronous pulse counter that tracks marbles
  • Read temperature information through an analog-to-digital converter
  • Use a gravity sensor and servos to control the position of a table
  • Assemble an eight-point touch screen with an input scanning routine
  • Engineer an adjustable, programmable single-point controller
  • Capture, log, monitor, and store data from a solar collector

Table of contents

1. Intro to the MELabs LAB X-1 Board
2. The Hardware and Software Set Up
3. Understanding the PIC 16F877A Chip
4. Software, Compilers and Editors
5. Controlling the Input and Output
6. Timers and Counters
7. Clocks and Memory
8. Serial Communications
9. Liquid Crystal Displays
10. Using Sensors
11. Conditioning the Input Signal
12. Conditioning the Output Signal
13. Intro to the 8 projects
14. The instruments
15. Counting pulses—a programmable tachometer
16. Creating accurate time intervals—the Metronomes
17. Counting marbles
18. Dual thermometer with inhibit
19. Artificial Horizon table
20. Eight button Touch Panel
21. Single set point controller
22. Solar collector data logging
23. Debugging
24. Some real world projects
25. Appendices
a. Setting up programmer
b. Abbreviations
c. Sample Programs by ME Labs
d. Sample Programs in this book
e. Notes on Designing a Battery Monitor

Author comments

Harprit Singh Sandhu, Ph.D., is the founder of Rhino Robotics, a major manufacturer of both robots and computer numeric controlled machines.

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