Tag - Microcontroller

Analog to Digital Converter

Using ADC of PIC Microcontroller – MPLAB XC8

In this tutorial we will learn, how to use the ADC module of a PIC Microcontroller using MPLAB XC8 compiler. For demonstration we will use the commonly available PIC 16F877A microcontroller. Every physical quantity found in nature like temperature, humidity, pressure, force is analog. We need to convert these analog quantities to digital to process it using a digital computer or a microcontroller. This is done by using Analog to Digital Converters. An Analog to Digital Converter or ADC is a [...]

PWM - Pulse Width Modulation

Generating PWM with PIC Microcontroller – MPLAB XC8

Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) is the one of the simple and most commonly used technique to produce analog voltages from digital signals. It has a wide variety of applications such as Digital to Analog Converter (DAC), DC Motor Speed Control, Sine Wave Inverters, Brightness control etc. PWM signals are ON - OFF signals (HIGH or LOW) (hence the name Pulse) whose HIGH or ON duration is changed (hence Width Modulation) in accordance with our requirements. The fraction of time period [...]

LCD Custom Characters

Custom Characters on LCD using PIC – MikroC

I hope that you already go through our tutorial, Interfacing Character LCD with PIC Microcontroller - MicroC Pro. These character based LCDs are commonly made using HD44780 compatible controllers. It allows us to define 8 custom characters in addition to the standard pre-programmed characters. In this tutorial we will learn to define our own custom characters using MikroC compiler. DDRAM, CGROM and CGRAM CGROM - Character Generator ROM This is the memory which holds 5x8 or 5x10 dot patterns of predefined characters [...]

16x2 Blue Character LCD Module

Interfacing LCD with PIC Microcontroller – CCS C

In this tutorial we will see How to interface a 16x2 character LCD Module with PIC 16F877A Microcontroller using CCS C Compiler. 16x2 character LCD is a very commonly used LCD module in electronic projects and products. 16x2 means it can display 2 rows of 16 characters. It is a very basic and low cost module. Its other variants such as 16x1, 20x4 are available in the market. In these displays each character is displayed using 5x8 or 5x10 [...]

EM-18 RFID Reader Module

Interfacing EM-18 RFID Module with PIC Microcontroller

EM-18 RFID Reader Module is the one the most commonly used module for Radio Frequency Identification Projects. It features Low Cost, Small Size, Low Power Consumption and Easy to use. It can be directly interfaced with microcontrollers using UART communication. Software UART can be used for microcontrollers having no UART modules. In this tutorial we will see How to Interface EM-18 RFID Reader Module with PIC 16F877A Microcontroller. By understanding the basic idea, you will be able to interface it [...]

Push Button Switch

Using Push Button Switch with PIC Microcontroller – CCS C

I hope that you already go through our first tutorial of CCS C Compiler, Getting Started with PIC Microcontroller - CCS C Compiler. In that tutorial we learn how to use an output pin of PIC Microcontroller by blinking an LED with a delay of 1 second. In this tutorial we will learn how to read the status of an input pin and to make decisions according to its state. For the demonstration of its working we are connecting [...]

UART Communication

Using UART of PIC Microcontroller – MPLAB XC8

UART stands for Universal Asynchronous Receiver / Transmitter. It is a very popular serial communication interface which provides Full Duplex communication between two devices. UART uses two data lines for sending (TX) and receiving (RX) data. Ground/Reference of both devices should be made common. As the name indicates it is an asynchronous communication interface, which means that it doesn't need to send CLOCK along with data as in synchronous communications. UART is the communication interface used by our old [...]


Getting Started with PIC Microcontroller – CCS C Compiler

You are at the right place if you are a beginner to the field of microcontrollers. In this tutorial you will learn How to Blink an LED using PIC Microcontroller. PIC is a family of microcontrollers manufactured by Microchip Technology Inc. PIC stands for Peripheral Interface Controller. It is also referred to as Programmable Interface Controller or Programmable Intelligent Computer. As all other microcontrollers PIC Microcontroller can be programmed using Assembly Language. As it is little bit difficult we prefer [...]