App note: Core independent voltage window signal detection using a single comparator

Presenting the usage of Core independent paripheral of PICs in this app note from Microchip. Link here (PDF) It is possible to find out whether a measured signal is below or above a certain value/reference using a single comparator. But, what if the desired interval is between two values, the undervoltage and overvoltage protection? The […]

Geiger counter with SBM20 tube

j3tstream writes: I “rebuild” my Geiger counter, the SBM-20 tube was initially inside the box, i have put this one inside a 32mm diam plastic tube, for more convenience, wired through a XLR3 cable. This counter is from “Electronique-Pratique” n°368, a french electronic magazine. Shem, pcb, and PIC hex & C source code available. More […]

App note: Use and calibration of the internal temperature indicator

Use and calibration of the internal temperature indicator (PDF!), an application note from Microchip: Many PIC16 family devices include an internal temperature indicator. These devices include the PIC16F72X device family, PIC16F1XXX device family, and the PIC12F1XXX device family. The temperature indicator is internally connected to the input multiplexer of the ADC (Figure 1). Refer to […]

App note: High-Precision 16-Bit PWM

Technical brief from Microchip on their high-precision 16-Bit PWM modules found on various PIC16 devices. PDF link here The high-precision 16-bit PWM available in various PIC16 devices such as the PIC16F1574, delivers advanced features beyond those found on standard PWM modules. These innovative features allow the user to easily vary phase, duty cycle and offset […]

App note: 16-Bit multiplication and addition by using the Math accelerator peripheral on PIC16(L)F161X

16-Bit multiplication and addition by using the Math accelerator peripheral on PIC16(L)F161X (PDF!) application note from Microchip: Several products in the PIC® device family have a Math Accelerator module to do a 16-bit multiplication and addition in hardware. This technical brief describes briefly how the module works, how to use this module in users’ applications, and […]

App note: 1-Wire communication with PIC microcontroller

An application note (PDF!) from Microchip on 1-Wire communication with PIC microcontroller: This application note introduces the user to the 1-Wire® communication protocol and describes how a 1-Wire device can be interfaced to the PIC® microcontrollers. 1-Wire protocol is a registered trade mark of Maxim/Dallas Semiconductor. A software stack for the basic, standard speed, 1-Wire master communication […]

App note: Using a hardware or software CRC with enhanced core PIC16F1XXX in class B applications

An app note from Microchip: Using a hardware or software CRC with enhanced core PIC16F1XXX in class B  applications (PDF!) Class B safety routines are increasingly used in microcontrollers to detect faults in safety-critical applications. The primary method for detecting faults in microcontroller program memory is by using a Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC) as defined by the […]

Microchip PIC chips could have been the Power Behind Arduino

Gerry Sweeney writes: As I understand it Microchip are in the silicon chip business selling micro-controllers – actually Microchip make some really awesome parts and I am guessing here but I suspect they probably want to sell lots and lots of those awesome parts right? So why do they suppress their developer community with crippled […]

App note: using external memory with PIC24F/24H/dsPIC33F devices

Here’s an app note from Microchip on Interfacing external memories using Parallel Master Port (PMP) module. This application note describes the methodology to use the Parallel Master Port (PMP) module to interface with external data memory; either external Flash or external RAM. This application note also lists the APIs and describes how to implement different […]

App note: PICmicro device programming, what you always wanted to know (but didn’t know who to ask)

The basics of how to get your firmware into your PIC microcontroller. App note can be found here. For more than a decade, Microchip has published a lot of information about programming its 8-bit microcontrollers. There is now so much information out there, in fact, that it’s sometimes hard for engineers and technicians who are […]

App note: Low-Cost Shunt Energy Meter using MCP3909 and PIC18F25K20

Here’s a low-cost single phase energy metering solution using Microchip’s MCP3909 metering ADC and PIC18F25K20 8-bit microcontroller. App note can be found here. The meter was tested for a range of current from 0.1A to 20A using the Fluke 6100A Electrical Power Standard. Measurement results are visible on the LCD or on the Pulse Output. […]

NEC Protocol Infrared remote control with a microcontroller

Gaurav Chaudhary  writes: This little project will demonstrate how you can build NEC protocol based Infrared Remote Control to use with various NEC Protocol IR receivers. actually there are lots of projects out there to accomplish this task but i have to write my own code because of too many requests on this IR(infrared) Remote […]

App note: Low-power design guide

An application note from Microchip:  Lowering power consumption on PIC microcontrollers Low-power applications represent a significant portion of the future market for embedded systems. Every year, more designers are required to make designs portable, wireless and energy efficient. This document seeks to simplify the transition to low-power applications by providing a single location for the […]