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1st Edition

Fundamentals and Applications with PIC

ISBN 9781420077674
Published February 11, 2009 by CRC Press
300 Pages 164 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Microcontrollers exist in a wide variety of models with varying structures and numerous application opportunities. Despite this diversity, it is possible to find consistencies in the architecture of most microcontrollers. Microcontrollers: Fundamentals and Applications with PIC focuses on these common elements to describe the fundamentals of microcontroller design and programming. Using clear, concise language and a top-bottom approach, the book describes the parts that make up a microcontroller, how they work, and how they interact with each other. It also explains how to program medium-end PICs using assembler language.

Examines analog as well as digital signals


This volume describes the structure and resources of general microcontrollers as well as PIC microcontrollers, with a special focus on medium-end devices. The authors discuss memory organization and structure, and the assembler language used for programming medium-end PIC microcontrollers. They also explore how microcontrollers can acquire, process, and generate digital signals, explaining available techniques to deal with parallel input or output, peripherals, resources for real-time use, interrupts, and the specific characteristics of serial data interfaces in PIC microcontrollers. Finally, the book describes the acquisition and generation of analog signals either using resources inside the chip or by connecting peripheral circuits.

Provides hands-on clarification

Using practical examples and applications to supplement each topic, this volume provides the tools to thoroughly grasp the architecture and programming of microcontrollers. It avoids overly specific details so readers are quickly led toward design implementation. After mastering the material in this text, they will understand how to efficiently use PIC microcontrollers in a design process.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Microcontrollers

Microprocessors and Microcontrollers: Characterization

Components of a Microcontroller

Von Neumann and Harvard Architectures

CISC and RISC Architectures

Manufacturers of Microcontrollers and Microprocessors

PIC Microcontrollers

Main Characteristics of PIC Microcontrollers

PIC Microcontroller Families

Memory in Microcontrollers

Basic Concepts

Memory in Medium-End PIC Microcontrollers

Instruction Set and Assembler Language Programming

Basic Concepts

Instruction Set in Medium-End PIC Microcontrollers

Assembler Language Elements (for MPASM Assembler from Microchip)

Available Resources for Programming PIC

Microcontrollers in Assembler Language

Parallel Input and Output

Basic Concepts

Parallel Ports in Medium-End PIC Microcontrollers

Connection of Commonly Used Peripherals


Timers in PIC Microcontrollers

The CCP Module


Basic Concepts

Interrupts in PIC Microcontrollers

Examples of Interrupt Applications

Serial Input and Output

Basic Concepts

The USART Serial Port in PIC Microcontrollers

The Synchronous Serial Port in PIC Microcontrollers

Analog Input and Output: Signal Acquisition and Distribution

Structure of a System for Signal Acquisition and Distribution

The Front-End in Data Acquisition Systems

The 10-Bit A/D Converter Module in PIC



Direct Sensor–Microcontroller Interface

Analog Back-End

Appendix: Acronyms


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