This circuit module is compatible with all the D3000 Base Unit options and introduces students to PIC Microcontrollers and their applications through a wide range of programming activities. It includes a circuit board, a re-programmable PIC device, assembly language program development software. It includes the following on-board devices:
- DC motor fan, thermistor, lamp/heater and Hall-effect speed sensor for open loop and closed loop temperature and motor speed control processes.
- Simple A/D and D/A converters for use with 18-pin PIC devices.
- On-board telephone style numeric keypad.
- Eight LEDs for logic monitoring.
- Eight slide switches for use as logic inputs.
- Three 7-segment LED displays.
- Piezo sounder.
- Two push-button switches.
- 2mm sockets for all port and peripheral connections.
- Breadboard area for student project work.
Programming Software included:
- PICShell PIC programming software.
- MPLAB ™ assembler/simulator/compiler suite from Microchip Technology ™.
Typical topic areas include:
- Microprocessors, Microcomputers and Microcontrollers
- Overview of PIC Microcontrollers
- Number Systems
- PIC Software
- Program Development
- Basic Input/Output
- Logic Systems
- Subroutines and Loops
- Keyboard Scanning
- Sound Generation
- EEPROM Programming
- Analog to Digital Conversion
- Digital to Analog Conversion
- Simple Closed Loop Control
Typical activities include:
- Investigating the component parts of a microprocessor.
- Identify the numbering systems used in the programming of microcontrollers.
- Investigating the PIC instruction set.
- Identify the purposes of the pins of the PIC.
- Investigate PIC based input/output programs.
- Investigating instructions used to simulate logic gates.
- Investigate a program that scans a keypad.
- Investigate a PIC-based sound generator circuit.
- Identify the software needed to perform A to D conversions.
- Investigating how a closed-loop control system operates.
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