Pic Lab, PIC18, Experiment #1, UART in PIC18

This was a time to switch to XC8 compiler, it was not hard at all, but appeared that using of UART in PIC18 series has some peculiarities.

At the moment of this article the XC8 compiler had libraries for work with a periphery in the folder /includes/plib. Now they got rid of it and experimenting with a different approach. Anyway the legacy support looks like quite a strong side for microchip. Well I used then usart.h library which now I regret I did.

Out tasks are:

  • To write a single symbol
  • To write a string
  • To read 1 symbol = 1 byte
  • To read a couple of bytes

I will be working with PIC18F14K50.

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Pic Lab, PIC16, Experiment #5: interruptions

Interruptions are one of the great things about microcontrollers, if you want to do something fast, reliable, and simple… well, not exactly simple in a programming language sense perhaps, but really simpler from the hardware perspective point of view. So, the main purpose of interruption is to interrupt your main program cycle and do whatever you want in case of that event (a timer has reached the settled time, a button has been pressed, and so on). Here is the picture from the mikroe ebook (www.mikroe.com), just because they really made quite nice pictures and quite a nice manual by the way.

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