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 [...]

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 [...]

HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Sensor

Interfacing HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Sensor with PIC Microcontroller

HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Distance Sensor is a popular and low cost solution for non-contact distance measurement function. It is able to measure distances from 2cm to 400cm with an accuracy of about 3mm. This module includes ultrasonic transmitter, ultrasonic receiver and its control circuit. HC-SR04 module has 4 pins : VCC - 5V, +ive of the power supply TRIG - Trigger Pin ECHO - Echo Pin GND - -ive of the power supply TRIG and ECHO pins can be used to interface this module with a [...]

PIC 18F Microcontrollers

Getting Started with PIC 18F Microcontroller – MikroC

In this tutorial we will learn how to program PIC 18F Microcontrollers using MikroC Pro compiler. I hope that you already know the basics of PIC Programming using MikroC compiler. If you are a beginner to this field, please read our first tutorial Blinking LED using PIC Microcontroller - MikroC. There are a lot of advantages for PIC 18F microcontrollers compared to 16F. Some of them are given below. PIC 18F is optimized for C while PIC 16F is not. PIC [...]

Microchip Pic Microcontroller

Read Modify Write Problem with Mid-Range PIC Microcontrollers

RMW Problem with PIC 16F Family Microchip's mid-range PIC Microcontrollers use a sequence of operations : Read, Modify and Write to change output state of a pin. In certain circumstances RMW operations might cause unexpected behavior of outputs. You might have already experienced this issue and struggled with it as you can't find exact reason with microcontrollers unexpected behavior. Mid-Range PIC Microcontroller uses two registers, TRIS and PORT to control the direction and status of an IO pin respectively. When you [...]


Automatic Power Factor Controller using Microcontroller

The thirst for new sources of energy is unquenchable, but we seldom realize that we are wasting a part of the electrical energy every day due to the lagging power factor in the inductive loads we use. Hence there is an urgent need to avoid this wastage of energy. Before getting into the details of Power factor correction, lets just brush our knowledge about the term "power factor". In simple words power factor basically states how far the energy provided [...]


Interfacing GLCD with PIC Microcontroller

I have already posted about Interfacing character LCD with PIC Microcontrollers. By using GLCD (Graphical LCD) we can present information in a better and user friendly way by using any patterns or shapes. Graphical LCDs are preferred where both character and graphical representation are required. Compared to Character LCD, GLCD is a bit complex and we need a powerful graphic library. MikroC PRO for PIC Microcontrollers provides powerful built in libraries for that.  MikroC Pro - Graphic LCD Library MikroC Pro for PIC [...]

Ultrasonic Distance Sensor

Interfacing Ultrasonic Distance Sensor : ASCII Output with PIC Microcontroller

In some of our projects, we may want to measure the distance of an object from a point. Ultrasonic Distance Sensors are the best sensor which provides stable, accurate, precise, non-contact distance measurements from 2cm to 4m. Ultrasonic Sensors can be used to measure distance between moving or stationary objects. Being very accurate and stable, these devices find large number of applications in robotics fields. For example it can be used as an excellent replacement for IR sensors in  a Micromouse. [...]